Welcome to AAAP’s Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium!

This event provides the latest scientific developments in substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and allied health professionals. The goal of the conference is to recognize emerging issues and trends in addiction psychiatry and be on the forefront of diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.

Who Should Attend?

Psychiatrists, primary care providers, medical students, residents and fellows and related health professionals committed to evidence-based clinical practices and research in the prevention, identification and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders are encouraged to join us for the 31st Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.

AAAP's Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium is designed to present the latest findings from basic and clinical research as well as policy-related information in addictions to a broad array of health care professionals; this is achieved through various forums including: symposia, posters, workshops, case conferences, and more. The meeting also provides the organizational backdrop for the exchange of ideas, discussion and working groups focused on other AAAP educational and policy-based activities. These activities foster regional courses, web-based trainings, scholarly publications and policy initiatives. As such, these meetings are critical vehicles for stimulating educational and research initiatives aimed at improving the quality and availability of care for individuals with addictive disorders. AAAP members are uniquely positioned as clinical and academic leaders in the field. The Annual Meeting enables true cross-fertilization while creating an intimate atmosphere with a diverse group of participants.

AAAP's Annual Meeting provides many opportunities for clinical researchers to engage clinicians in fruitful discussions of how clinicians address treatment conundrums where empirical data is lacking. Often, through discussions in workshops or other intimate formats, new ideas and research projects are developed, thus contributing to the clinical and public health relevance of future research. Moreover, the AAAP Annual Meeting has numerous outreach initiatives for junior investigators through travel awards, one-on-one mentoring sessions for trainees, and informal interactions with senior investigators. The meeting is designed to nurture trainees and early career clinicians and to help cement their professional identity as addiction researchers, while also maintaining their roles as clinicians and educators. The experience of attending AAAP’s annual meetings facilitates the research careers of these physicians. The Annual Meeting is critical in helping combat the dwindling number of clinical researchers, and is an asset for all healthcare professionals in the general addiction research community.

Additional Information

View Scientific Program Committee Disclosures (2020)

View Annual Meeting Presenter Disclosures (2020)

Embargo Policies

All research, including data, content, and conclusions, presented at AAAP’s Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium is embargoed until 8:00 am EDT on the first day of the Annual Meeting.

No news, information, results of any abstract or research finding can be released to the media, published, posted, broadcasted or otherwise distributed in any non-AAAP annual meeting publication before that day.

No information obtained via AAAP media (for example, via email, website, Twitter, or Facebook) may be distributed as an embargoed news release, nor may any or details of the embargoed studies be released before the embargo date and time.

This embargo includes revealing anything about the results (including the title of the abstract since that may include a research conclusion) in a press release or any non-AAAP promotional piece.

AAAP takes any breach of the embargo seriously and any decision to lift the embargo early is at the sole discretion of AAAP.

Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry that all participants, including attendees, vendors, and staff, conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants. Participants should treat each other with mutual respect, well-being, and collegiality. All individuals agree to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate for healthcare professionals.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.

If an individual believes that this policy has been violated or breached, he/she shall notify AAAP staff to assist with the situation. AAAP reserves the right to remove meeting access for any individual violating this policy and will not provide a refund.

By registering for this meeting, you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct Policy as described above.

Disclosure for 2020

Please note, as host of the 31st Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry does not have an official position regarding the content and treatment options being discussed during these sessions. The presentations are centered on content supported by research and evidence.