SOBP Summer 2022 Newsletter
Letter From The Editor
Hello to everyone,

Now that the 2022 SOBP Annual Meeting is behind us, it is a good time to reflect on the experience and to think about the future.
Following the cancellation of our 2020 meeting and the 2021 inaugural virtual meetings, SOBP made the decision to hold a hybrid meeting in 2022. This hybrid meeting allowed both virtual and in person attendance and participation. Despite the challenges of conducting a major meeting both virtually and in person, this year’s meeting was successful in providing an interactive platform for participants to present and learn about alternative and transformative frameworks for understanding psychiatric illnesses, newly emerging tools for measurement, and techniques and experimental designs that can enhance our understanding of psychiatric illness and elucidate underlying biological pathways and biomarkers through the 2022 annual meeting theme, Positivity and Happiness in a Worrisome World. This year’s meeting was attended by 1,166 people in person and 463 people virtually. 

For those who attended, your evaluation of our virtual meeting is an opportunity to provide feedback on what we did right and what we can do better in the future. If you did not attend, please consider sending an email to SOBP telling us what kept you from attending.

Bias can be broadly defined as any tendency that prevents an unprejudiced consideration of an issue. Because financial incentives motivate people, they are an obvious source of bias in biomedical research, education, and clinical practice. As such, disclosing financial arrangements is now required in many settings. Bias, however, is not solely related to financial considerations. Indeed, the origins of bias arise from a variety of factors that include gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, culture, family and educational backgrounds, personal life experiences, and particular areas of expertise. Engaging individuals with these diverse perspectives to participate in the clinical and basic sciences is critically important not only for addressing inequities and alleviating disparities but also because scientific progress will increasingly depend on such diversity. 

One of the five goals of the SOBP New Strategic Plan is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion of the membership, meeting attendance, and in the research presented and published through the society. The 2022 meeting took steps towards this goal with 76% of Symposia Presenters and 52% of Oral Presenters being females and/or underrepresented minority members. However, we must continue to work vigorously to achieve the critically important goal of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, not only within the SOBP but also throughout the entire clinical, educational, and research landscape of psychiatry and the neurosciences. 

Complex problems require multifaceted, creative, and innovative solutions. Pursuing solutions to complex problems are optimally addressed by diverse teams of people who bring a divergent set of perspectives to the table. Please continue your individual and collective efforts to support the mission of the SOBP by promoting excellence in research, by fostering the development of investigators in psychiatry, by educating clinicians and scientists about the biological roots of psychiatric disorders, and by disseminating our growing body of knowledge regarding the scientific basis of psychiatry. 

As always, I hope each of you will reach out to your colleagues and encourage them to become members of the SOBP, with particular attention toward increasing the diversity of our membership. 
Finally, it is not too soon to think about our 2023 annual meeting in San Diego. Symposia submissions will open August 16th, 2022. Submission deadlines for symposia, oral/poster presentations, and late breaking posters are listed in this newsletter.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer season,

Robert H. Howland, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Check out the SOBP 2022 Business Minutes
SOBP looks forward to seeing our attendees and participants at the SOBP 2023 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Submissions will open August 16. Click here to see more information and guidelines. 

Diversity in Participants
Symposium participants should include scientists and/or clinicians who are diverse in gender, individuals from underrepresented backgrounds or underrepresented groups in science, technology, etc. In addition, symposia should attempt to include individuals who are at an early career stage.

Diversity in Scientific Topics
The SOBP strongly supports diversity in the scientific topics of symposia and seeks symposia that address important understudied factors (e.g., sex- and gender-based analyses, vulnerabilities and treatment gaps for minority populations, etc.) in psychiatric neuroscience.

Important Dates*:
August 16, 2022-Symposia, Oral/Poster Presentations, Travel Awards, Honorific Awards, and Special Projects Submissions Open
September 30, 2022-Symposia Submission Deadline for the 2023 Annual Meeting
December 1, 2022-Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline
February 9, 2023-Late Breaking Poster Submission Deadline
Membership has its benefits! Don't forget to renew your 2022 SOBP Membership by logging into the SOBP website, updating your profile and paying your membership dues. 

Benefits of membership include:
  • All members can register for the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting at the reduced registration fee. This represents a significant savings from the full-cost, non-member registration fee of $745.
  • Reduced abstract submission fee of $0 vs $40 for non-members.
  • All members will receive a subscription, both print and online, to Biological Psychiatry, the official publication of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and online subscription to the new journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.  This is a $798 value!
  • Leadership opportunities on committees.
  • Sponsorship of abstracts or member applications.
  • Access to members-only on-line tools.
  • Recognition and affiliation with a premier organization.
  • Networking and professional development.
SOBP Women's Leadership Group - Resources for Women In Academia
The Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) was formed in 2015 at the 70th annual meeting of the Society in response to the need to provide a platform for change that recognizes the challenges faced by women, raises awareness of implicit gender biases, and offers women opportunities and tools for advancement and leadership.
Don't miss this page launched by SOBP's Women In Leadership Group (WLG) - Resources for Women in Academia. This web page features great resources for women in academia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other wonderful resources recommended by the WLG.

SOBP's Career Center connects our members with employment opportunities and employers with the best professionals within our membership. Employment opportunities range from post-doc positions, faculty positions, neuroscience jobs in industry and alternative careers. 
Visit SOBP's Career Center today to explore employment opportunities. Post an anonymous resume for employers or recruiters to view. 
Links to other resources are available for your convenience. 

Biological Psychiatry is one of the most selective and highly cited journals in the field of psychiatric neuroscience. It is ranked 7th out of 155 Psychiatry titles and 12th out of 271 Neurosciences titles in the 2019 ISI Journal Citations Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics. The 2019 Impact Factor score for Biological Psychiatry is 12.095. Biological Psychiatry is also the first-ranked psychiatry journal according to Google Scholar (July 2020). Learn More

Launched in January 2016, led by its founding editor, Cameron S. Carter. This new journal publishes fundamental advances from both basic and clinical studies that provide novel insights into the relationships between brain and behavior using the tools and constructs of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. BP:CNNI welcomes new submissions.

Launched in 2020, led by its founding editor, Deanna M. Barch. BP:GOS will be a fully open-access journal. It is intended to be aligned with global initiatives to promote the dissemination of science through open access, such as Plan S ( and the goals of open science more broadly. Second, this new journal will complement both BP and BP:CNNI. BP:GOS welcomes new submissions.
Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter Editorial Staff  
Robert Howland, M.D., Editor