NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, the journal of APA’s Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), is one of very few
addiction-related journals open to research on
various kinds of addictive disorders.
“Many journals about addiction are limited to
substance use,” says psychologist Nancy M. Petry,
PhD, a professor of medicine at the University of
Connecticut School of Medicine who will become
the journal’s editor in January. In contrast,
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors features articles
related to the psychological aspects of gambling,
alcohol use and alcoholism, eating disorders, smoking and
nicotine addiction, and other addictive behaviors, in addition to
drug use and abuse.
Petry plans to continue that tradition. In fact, she predicts
the journal will see even more articles on gambling as the field
of gambling studies continues to grow. Another expanding
area is the study of overeating. “Whether overeating is more of
an addiction or more aligned to eating disorders is a matter of
debate,” she says. “The data are still emerging.” Other possible
growth areas for the journal include high-quality research on
gaming and Internet addiction, she says.
One thing Petry does plan to do is to increase the number
Rebecca A. Clay is a writer in Washington, D.C.
of primary analyses of research. “Hopefully, we’ll be moving
toward publishing the primary findings associated with studies,”
Petry’s own research reflects the journal’s breadth. “My
research is pretty broadly based,” she says. “I do primary
treatment studies for substance use disorders as well as
pathological gambling.” Petry also served on the American
Psychiatric Association’s Work Group on Substance Use and
Related Disorders for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders- 5. n
Taking a broad view
Nancy M. Petry will continue a tradition of going
beyond substance abuse research.
BY REBECCA A. CLAY