Welcome Letter from the Specialty Board President

John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the American Board of Addiction Psychology. As a member specialty Board of ABPP, our goal is to certify psychological professionals who possess the specialty knowledge and skill in addiction psychology. Certification can be important for job advancement, and it assures the public that you possess specialized and verified expertise in the area of addiction.  

Board Certified Addiction Psychologists are health service providers who possess specialized knowledge and experience. Psychologists who earn our certification have met our educational, training, and experience requirements. They possess specialty level skills in areas such as assessment, treatment, consultation, supervision, teaching, ethics, diversity issues, and interpersonal interactions. They have awareness of the science base of the field of addiction psychology. Addiction psychologists may engage in independent practice, community service, research, consultation/supervision, and education and/or training regarding a wide range of psychological and behavioral problems pertaining to alcohol and other drugs as well as behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling). They often work with adolescents, adults, families and other special populations. The distinct focus of the specialty is its heavy reliance on an empirical approach and its grounding in the science of addiction and behavior change. 

Board members and other certified psychologists want to help guide you through the process of earning our American Board of Addiction Psychology (ABAP) certification. You can request a personal mentor who can serve as your guide by clicking on the FAQ and Candidate Mentoring link directly to the left. You may also contact our Coordinator of Consultation, Dr. Lori Eickelberry (eickgold@nova.edu), to request a consultant/mentor.

We appreciate your interest in our specialty. Please contact me directly if I can be of service to you.  I can be reached at email: jkelly11@mgh.harvard.edu

We look forward to hearing from you.


John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP
President, American Board of Addiction Psychology