Psychology of Addictive Behaviors® publishes peer-reviewed original articles related to the psychological aspects of addictive behaviors. The journal includes articles on the following topics:

  • alcohol use and alcohol use disorders
  • drug use and drug use disorders
  • smoking and nicotine use and disorders
  • eating disorders, and
  • other addictive behaviors

Randomized trials, laboratory and prospective studies, and meta-analyses are given the highest priorities. Cross-sectional studies, especially those involving convenience samples, will need to make unique contributions to be competitive in this journal.

APA and the editors of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

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Editorial Board


Nancy M. Petry
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Associate Editors

Tammy Chung
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Craig R. Colder
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

David M. Ledgerwood
Wayne State University

James R. McKay
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Sherry A. McKee
Yale University School of Medicine

Thomas M. Piasecki
University of Missouri

Damaris J. Rohsenow
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University School of Public Health

Catherine Stanger
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Katie Witkiewitz
University of New Mexico

Consulting Editors

Michelle C. Acosta
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Chana K. Akins
University of Kentucky

Sheila M. Alessi
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Kristen G. Anderson
Reed College

Rebecca L. Ashare
University of Pennsylvania

Samuel A. Ball
Yale University School of Medicine

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
Washington State University

Nancy P. Barnett
Brown University

Marsha E. E. Bates
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Warren K. Bickel
Virginia Polytechnic and State University Carilion Research Institute

Gallus Bischof
University of Lübeck, Germany

Donald W. Black
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Daniel M. Blonigen
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Brian Borsari
VA Palo Alto Health Care System and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Kaitlin (Katie) Bountress
Virginia Commonwealth University

Sarah Bowen
Pacific University

Thomas H. Brandon
Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida

Kendall C. Browne
Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Washington School of Medicine

Jennifer F. Buckman
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jason J. Burrow-Sanchez
University of Utah

Kate B. Carey
Brown University

Kenneth M. Carpenter
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute

Kathleen M. Carroll
Yale University School of Medicine

Luke Clark
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Scott F. Coffey
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Carlo C. DiClemente
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Joseph W. Ditre
Syracuse University

David J. Drobes
Moffitt Cancer Center

Cristiane S. Duarte
New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University

Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing
Oregon Health and Science University

Matt Field
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Francesca M. Filbey
University of Texas at Dallas

Mark T. Fillmore
University of Kentucky

Gabriele Fischer
Medical University Vienna, Austria

Kim Fromme
The University of Texas at Austin

Sally M. Gainsbury
University of Sydney, Australia

Jon E. Grant
University of Chicago

Anders C. Håkansson
Lund University, Sweden

Sarah H. Heil
University of Vermont

Christian S. Hendershot
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David C. Hodgins
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Gregory G. Homish
State University of New York at Buffalo

Rebecca J. Houston
Rochester Institute of Technology

Andrea Hussong
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kristina M. Jackson
Brown University

Mitchell P. Karno
University of California, Los Angeles

Kevin M. King
University of Washington

Matt G. Kushner
University of Minnesota

Adam M. Leventhal
University of Southern California

Mark D. Litt
University of Connecticut Health Center

Andrew Littlefield
Texas Tech University

Leslie H. Lundahl
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Gregory J. Madden
Utah State University

Molly Magill
Brown University School of Public Health

Stephen A. Maisto
Syracuse University

Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina
University of Florida, Gainesville

Steve Martino
Yale University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Silvia S. Martins
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Danielle E. McCarthy
Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

Denis M. McCarthy
University of Missouri

Michael G. McDonell
Washing State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Sterling M. McPherson
Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Jennifer E. Merrill
Brown University

Jane Metrik
Brown University

Cynthia D. Mohr
Portland State University

LaTrice Montgomery
University of Cincinnati

Peter M. Monti
Brown University

Antonio A. Morgan-Lopez
RTI International

James G. Murphy
University of Memphis

Clayton Neighbors
University of Houston

Sarah E. Nelson
Harvard Medical School

Roisin M. O'Connor
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tian Po S. Oei
The University of Queensland, Australia

Don Operario
Brown University

Brian D. Ostafin
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Tibor P. Palfai
Boston University

Ståle Pallesen
University of Bergen, Norway

Aesoon Park
Syracuse University

Kathleen A. Parks
State University of New York at Buffalo

Carla J. Rash
University of Connecticut Health Center

Khary K. Rigg
University of South Florida

John M. Roll
Washington State University

Hans-Jürgen Rumpf
University of Lübeck, Germany

William G. Shadel
RAND Corporation

Kenneth Silverman
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Monica C. Skewes
Montana State University

Wendy S. Slutske
University of Missouri

Mark B. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Sherry H. Stewart
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

David R. Strong
University of California, San Diego

Maria Testa
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Stephen T. Tiffany
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Jalie A. Tucker
University of Florida

Tomoko Udo
University at Albany, The State University of New York

Ryan Vandrey
Johns Hopkins University

Anka A. Vujanovic
University of Houston

Eric F. Wagner
Florida International University

Andrew J. Waters
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Monica Webb Hooper
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University

Andrea H. Weinberger
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University

Helene R. White
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Thomas A. Wills
University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Ken C. Winters
Oregon Research Institute

Maria M. Wong
Idaho State University

Sarah E. Woolf-King
Syracuse University

Kristyn Zajac
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

William H. Zywiak
Brown University

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Special Issues
  • Co-Occurring Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 30, No. 7, November 2016. The articles profile emerging theory-driven science on PTSD and substance use disorders, specifically with regard to the biological, psychological, and social processes implicated in etiology and maintenance, as well as promising innovations in treatment approach.

  • Neuroimaging Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy for Addictive Behaviors

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 27, No. 2, June 2013. Articles include integrative conceptual reviews and innovative empirical research on brain-based mechanisms that may underlie risk for addictive behaviors and response to psychotherapy from adolescence through adulthood.

  • Understanding Binge Drinking

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2001. The issue begins with 2 invited articles and contains a selection of empirical articles that reflect experimental and correlational designs, longitudinal studies of the course and correlates of binge drinking, and controlled-intervention trials.

  • Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1997. Articles discuss issues of treatment evaluation research; methodology and research design; treatment structure and program services; follow-up outcomes; program diversity and treatment retention rates; and drug addiction and treatment careers among clients of the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.