Conference Announcements

Neuroimaging Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy for Addictive Behaviors - 1st annual meeting will be held June 19-20, 2015 in conjunction with the Research Society on Alcoholism meeting in San Antonio, Texas.   The meeting, sponsored by NIAAA, will cover mechanisms of behavior change that are “common” across different types of treatment for alcoholism (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness), and mechanisms that are specific to certain types of behavioral interventions from cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and treatment perspectives.  Please visit the conference website for program details, and to register for the meeting. Registration is free, and required to attend.
Other meeting sponsors: University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry, National Center for Responsible Gaming

     Society of Biological Psychiatry - 70th Annual Scientific Meeting - "Stress, Emotion, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology".  The 69th annual scientific meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry is planned May 14-16, 2015.  Location: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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     British Association for Psychopharmacology - Summer Meeting 2015 will be held in Bristol.   2015 Summer Meeting details:

     International Society for the Study of Individual Differences ISSID 2015 - the annual meeting will be held in London, Ontario in July (27th-31st).  Meeting details at:



      The South Texas Veterans Healthcare System is recruiting a physician (psychiatrist or other board-certified/board eligible physician) and either a psychologist or clinical pharmacist to participate in a VA-funded Interprofessional Advanced Addiction Fellowship Program starting in 2015.
      STVHCS Advanced Fellows in Addictions Treatment will have a wide range of research opportunities, including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, quality improvement, implementation science, and treatment engagement. A major strength for our training program is our access to one of the largest concentrations of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans in the VA. There are established relationships with this VA and investigators at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio who are working with OIF/OEF Veterans to develop new and innovative treatments for Substance Use Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other co-morbid conditions.
      The primary goals of our two-year fellowship are to train advanced fellows to be leaders who work in interdisciplinary healthcare teams to: (1) conduct innovative clinical research, (2) learn skills to implement evidence-based clinical treatment for Substance Use Disordered Veterans, and (3) effectively create and lead clinical services and systems of care and training programs that holistically heal Veterans with Substance Use Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injuries, chronic non-cancer pain, and other co-morbid conditions.
      Fellows will spend 75% time in educational, management, and research training and up to 25% in direct clinical service. Fellows will have individualized training and mentoring, to ensure a high quality learning experiences. Advanced fellows will join an academically robust and diverse training environment for physicians, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, and other allied health professionals in programs affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin.
      Qualifications: Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens. Additional requirements for physicians include: 1) completion of an ACGME accredited residency program, 2) a full and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or any of its territories, 3) board certified or eligible, and 4) if a graduate of a foreign medical school, must have evidence of ECFMG certification that is valid indefinitely. For psychologists eligibility requirements include: 1) completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology (or meeting APA criteria for re-specialization training) and 2) completion of an APA-accredited psychology internship. For clinical pharmacists, eligibility requirements include: 1) completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice with emphasis in psychiatry or completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency (preferred) or equivalent clinical experience, 2 ) a full and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or any of its territories, and 3) board certified or eligible. Applicants are expected to have a primary interest in a VA career focused on developing, implementing, and managing programs, teaching, and/or conducting research to improve healthcare outcomes for Substance Use Disordered Veterans.
      Application procedures: Fellows may start their training as early July 1, 2015 but also have the option to begin training in September, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered if positions are not filled from the initial applicant pool. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and three references. The letter of interest should describe an applicant’s interest in the program, a summary of educational, clinical, and research experience relevant to application, and a statement of career goals. All materials should be submitted electronically to Rachel Martinez at Please contact Michael Dawes, MD (; phone: 210-321-2700 ext. 64080) or Troy Moore, PharmD (; phone: 210-321-2700 ext. 64212) for further information.

The Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
We are in search of motivated individuals with an exemplary research background to join a team of researchers conducting mulch-disciplinary research in the area of substance abuse. Our current NIH funded projects include studies: (1) examining behavioral, neural, and genetic factors underlying risk for substance use disorders; (2) examining biological influences on behaviors among problematic drinkers; (3) applying biomarkers of alcohol consumption (e.g., transdermal alcohol monitors, phosphatidylethanol) to monitor real-world drinking; and (4) developing substance use interventions based on empirical data. The NRLC offers training in the areas of psychopharmacology (Dr. Donald Dougherty), behavioral neuroscience and neuroimaging (Dr. Ashley Acheson), psychophysiology (Dr. Charles Mathias), clinical psychology (Dr. Stacy Ryan), and biochemistry (Dr. Nathalie Hill-Kapturczak). The fellow will be provided active research mentoring and be engaged in manuscript and grant writing. Responsibilities include study coordination and supervision of study personnel, participant recruitment, screening, psychological testing, statistical analyses, and manuscript/grant preparations. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in psychology or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline. Multiple-year appointments are available and dependent on satisfactory performance. Candidates should send their curriculum vitae, a letter outlining interests and career goals, and representative publication reprints. Materials can be sent by email ( or by mail to Donald M. Dougherty, Department of Psychiatry, MC 7793, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

Impulsivity in the News


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