Candidate Statements for Division 28. Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Wendy J. Lynch, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be considered for president of Division 28. I am a preclinical psychologist who studies the neurobiological basis of addiction using animal models with a focus on sex differences. I also have experience conducting studies in men and women with substance use disorder which has helped me to understand the translational value of basic research. With this goal in mind, in 2007-2008 I served as Program Chair for Division 28 and developed a translational program on drug abuse that included both preclinical and clinical researchers in each symposium. I have been actively involved with APA and Division 28 throughout my career. In 2000, I attended my first meeting and organized Division 28’s hospitality suite. I have attended the annual meeting regularly since then and have served as a Program Reviewer, Program Chair, and Member-at-Large for Division 28. I received the Division 28 Young Psychopharmacologist Award (2004), and was awarded fellow status in 2012. I have also been selected to participate in APA’s Science Leadership Program on four different occasions beginning with its first meeting in 2006 to promote Early Career Scientists. Through my interactions with APA and Division 28, I have become familiar with the historical and current issues that are important to APA and our division and have developed/strengthened relationships with many members of APA and Division 28’s executive committee. I believe that these interactions, in addition to my active participation and research contributions, make me well suited to serve as President for Division 28.




Candidate: Mary E. Cain, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Thank you for nominating me for the position of Member-at-Large (MAL) of Division 28. My term of Past-President for Division 6 will be ending this August and I am looking for an opportunity to stay involved in APA service at the division level. I currently serve as the Women’s Network Representative for Division 28. Prior to serving as President of Division 6, my other APA service includes serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for Division 6 for three years. I received the Distinguished Service Award for Division 6 as a result of this work. I am also a Fellow of Division 6. I have also participated in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology of APA. I am excited to increase my role within Division 28 as my research has become increasingly more closely aligned with the research of the division membership. I examine the neural structures that contribute to reward sensitivity in rats. I am currently examining if alterations in glutamate homeostasis contribute to the observed difference in psychostimulant self-administration in rats raised in isolation versus enrichment. In addition, I have recently begun to examine if differential rearing alters hedonic responding and the integrity of the neuronal microstructure using diffusion tensor imaging. If elected MAL, I will continue to advance the objectives set by the membership for the Division and promote the importance of scientific rigor within APA. I look forward to serving as your Member-At-Large.




Candidate: Cassandra D. Gipson, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Thank you for the opportunity to run for the Member-At-Large position for Division 28. I am a behavioral neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Throughout my research career, I have focused on preclinical models of addiction and relapse, and now collaborate with human researchers to translate our preclinical findings to human clinical experiences. My current research focuses on neuroimmunological underpinnings of cocaine and nicotine addiction. I also utilize behavioral economic procedures to evaluate the impact of reduced nicotine dose on nicotine value and consumption. Through my membership in Division 28 I have forged collaborations and found new outlets through which to disseminate my research. Division 28 acknowledged my research by awarding me the Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011), and the Young Psychopharmacologist Award (2014). I have been a leader in other organizations, which will help me support Division 28’s initiatives and success. I recently completed a 3-year term on the Basic Science Network Advisory Committee of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and am currently on the Program Committee for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. I also serve as a mentor for the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program, which is designed to increase underrepresented populations in drug abuse research. Division 28 has been an important cornerstone for me as my career has developed. I am whole-heartedly committed to the development of young investigators and increasing diversity in the field. I am grateful for this opportunity and would be honored to serve as Member-At-Large.