C4 Recovery Solutions is pleased to announce that the annual call for submissions for the Graduate Student & Early Career Researcher Competition is now open for the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD).


Hyannis Resort & Conference Center – Cape Cod, Hyannis, MA
Submissions are due by July 15

C4 Recovery Solutions is again delighted to offer recognition and a combination of two competitive research fellowships, 8 research grants, and 16 travel awards totaling more than $12,000 annually to graduate students and early career professionals for outstanding research. Authors of the top four submissions deemed to be of superior merit will be invited to present their work orally in a special paper session at each respective conference, while an additional four submissions will be selected to present their work in a poster session.


  • The overall winner of the competition will be awarded the Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. Research Fellowship, which seeks to stimulate research by graduate students and early career professionals of exceptional promise. One fellowship will be awarded annually in recognition of distinguished performance and potential to make significant contributions to the addictions field. The recipient of the Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. Research Fellowship will receive:
    • $500 Research Grant to be used at the Fellow’s discretion.
    • $400 Travel Award to attend the CCSAD.
    • 3 nights of lodging at the conference hotel.
    • Conference registration fee waiver.

    Funds are awarded directly to the recipient of the fellowship, and may be used for any activities related to the Fellow’s research, including such purposes as salary, purchase of equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, etc.

  • In addition, three Honorable Mentions will be awarded to those submissions judged to indicate special worthiness. The three Honorable Mention award recipients will each receive:
    • $250 Research Grant to be used at the awardee’s discretion.
    • $400 Travel Award to attend the CCSAD.
    • 3 nights of lodging at the conference hotel.
    • Conference registration fee waiver.
  • Finally, up to an additional four submissions accepted for presentation that are not selected for either the Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. Research Fellowship or one of the three Honorable Mention awards, will receive:
    • $400 Travel Award to attend the CCSAD.
    • Conference registration fee waiver.

    All award recipients must be present to receive their award.

Persons submitting a paper/poster proposal must be the first author and be matriculated graduate students in a terminal masters or doctoral program in psychology or a related health sciences field (e.g., counseling, social work, psychiatry) OR individuals who have received their terminal degree within the past three years.

Submission topics must address aspects of substance use disorders or other compulsive conditions such as eating disorders, pathological gambling, etc. The research must be in any area of addictions including assessment, prevention, and treatment.

  • Special consideration will be afforded to those submissions with a focus on the implementation and/or evaluation of outcomes-based models related to the prevention or treatment of such conditions.

To help tailor your presentation proposal, please note that CCSAD hosts the following target audiences:

Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Private Practitioners, Alcohol/Drug Educators, Addiction Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Nurses, Recovery Advocates, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Employee Assistance Professionals.

The submission must include a brief (500-word maximum) structured abstract of the research project including Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections. Authors should clearly state the status of data collection and analysis in their proposals. For both papers and posters, it is expected that empirically-based proposals are derived from completed research, or at least from work which is complete enough in terms of data collection and analysis so that preliminary conclusions can be drawn.

  • The Research Committee will invite a selection of the submissions (i.e., Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. Research Fellowship and three Honorable Mention award recipients) to participate in a special paper session at the conference. Authors of invited oral presentations will be allotted 15 minutes each to present the findings from their research. Electrical outlets and audio-visual equipment will be provided to facilitate oral presentations. The standard set-up is: classroom or theater-style seating, LCD projector (which will display your uploaded presentation), screen, microphone, and podium.
  • The Research Committee will also select four additional submissions for presentation in a poster session, which will allow for one-on-one discussions between researchers, who display graphic representations of the findings of their studies, and interested conference attendees. Each poster will be allocated a poster board, measuring approximately 3 feet x 4 feet (vertical by horizontal), on which the poster materials should be displayed. No electrical outlets or audio-visual equipment will be provided in the poster display area. Presenters will be responsible for printing their posters prior to arrival at the respective conference.

Submission implies agreement to present at the CCSAD should the proposal be accepted for presentation.

All submissions must be accompanied by a 1-page nomination letter of support from an academic advisor or another professional (e.g., clinical supervisor) familiar with the applicant to describe the applicant’s qualifications and verify that they are either a student in good standing with their respective graduate program or an early career professional within three years of receiving their degree.

*Please indicate on the submission whether the abstract is to be considered for the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders or the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders.

The C4 Recovery Solutions Research Committee will review and determine proposal submission acceptance. The committee will also select the Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. Research Fellowship and three honorable mention award recipients. Please submit all questions and project abstracts electronically to Education & Training Committee Co-Chairs, Steven Proctor, Ph.D., and Al Kopak, Ph.D., at:

Those submitting a project abstract will be notified of the selection decision within four weeks of the submission deadline for the respective conference.

  • CCSAD provided a professional opportunity to connect with positive and ethical peers.

  • Wonderful turnout of participants and great opportunity for networking and securing new relationships. Thanks for another great year!

  • It was a pleasure to be a Platinum sponsor at such a well-respected event.

  • I have attended CCSAD for many years now and find it is fantastic every year. I always take something wonderful away and learn a great deal.

  • This symposium is by far the best around. I have attended many others and they were wonderful, but CCSAD is outstanding.

  • THANK YOU that CCSAD is the MOST multidisciplinary conference for Addiction Medicine professionals.

  • Thank you for continuing and expanding this program as well as making it an opportunity for a supportive break from a very busy and demanding profession.

  • The conference is always wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoy attending not just for the learning experience but also for the new friends I have met in past and present attendance.

  • I especially VALUE that CCSAD is the primary multidisciplinary conference for practicing clinicians and policy-makers, where integrative care management is so clearly shown to be in our patients' best interests.

  • This Symposium always gives me new insights and perspectives re: addiction and conditions for treatment strategies. I always learn something new and am always eager to pass it on.

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