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Welcome to the January 2018 
American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Newsletter.

Our monthly Newsletter provides information about activities, upcoming events, and resources to connect the psychology-law community.
AP-LS aspires to excel as a valuable, effective, and influential organization advancing the science of psychology-law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy.  


The Innocence Scholarship Committee of the Innocence Network is seeking high quality social science and legal scholarship for presentation at the 2018 Innocence Network Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on March 23-24. Areas of research are open but should touch upon the multifaceted causes, implications, and/or remedies of wrongful conviction.

Please submit a title and a paper proposal to the Innocence Scholarship Committee at innocencescholarship@gmail.com by January 16, 2018. Paper proposals must be no more than 600 words. Completed drafts must be submitted to the Committee by March 17, 2018. International papers are welcome but must be submitted in English. 

The Innocence Scholarship Committee is arranging for publication for those papers accepted for Conference presentations in a symposium edition of the Northeastern Law Review. 

For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.innocencenetwork.org/conference.


Congratulations to the winners of the APA Distinguished Contribution Awards!

Saul M. Kassin is a 2017 recipient for the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. For more information about this award and Saul Kassin’s contributions, please click here.

Gail S. Goodman is a 2017 recipient for the Award for Distinguished Senior Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. For more information about this award and Gail Goodman’s contributions, please click here.

For a full review of this years APA awards, please click here.


On Saturday, March 10 between 1:30pm and 2:50pm, approximately, A Brief Refresher on the Most Commonly Reported Statistics in the APA Psychology and Law Journals & Helpful Statistical Resources will be presented in a special session sponsored by the APLS Early Career Professionals Committee. Attendees will leave with a handy-dandy rubric to aid interpretation of the most commonly reported statistics in Law and Human Behavior and Psychology Public Policy and Law! Presenters include Grant Morgan, Ph.D. (Baylor University), Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LL.M. (Vanderbilt University), and James Andretta, Ph.D. (DC Courts).  


The APLS Early Career Professionals Committee is hosting a free, drop-in statistics consultation table at the 2018 APLS conference. We are currently seeking volunteers to help cover the desk. Volunteers will be asked to select at least one hour that works best for them. To be a volunteer consultant, one does not have to be a statistician, only proficient in the computation and/or interpretation of statistics.  For this reason, it will be made clear to consultation table users that the expectation for service should not be comparable to the expectations placed on a paid statistical consultant. Last, you do not need to be an early career psychologist to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, here are the steps:

As soon as possible, email James Andretta (jamesrandretta@gmail.com), and provide him with: 

  • Your full name
  • Your institution
  • 3 to 4 areas of statistical competence/expertise
  • The statistical software package(s) you are most familiar with using

    After the release of the APLS 2018 conference schedule, James will provide all volunteers with access to an e-calendar to sign up for a specific day and time to help cover the desk for one hour.


    draft program grid for AP-LS 2018 is now posted on the AP-LS website. Once this schedule is finalized, we will send out individual emails for each presentation (including posters) with the time, date, and location. Please follow this link for more information: http://ap-ls.wildapricot.org/APLS2018/Program/. 

    As a reminder, Early Bird registration ends on January 31, 2018.

    Please check the conference website for updates at http://ap-ls.wildapricot.org/APLS2018. Currently there is a posted resource for Data-Blitz presentations.



    Check out AP-LS's Job Postings Page for up-to-date information on available psychology-law positions here.

    Note that new positions are available.


    Eve Brank, JD, PhD

    Happy New Year! The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of APLS when two psychologists came to the 1968 American Psychological Association meeting with the goal of establishing a law and psychology organization (Grisso, 1991). APLS was then officially announced in 1969. We have much to celebrate as an organization and we will take these next two years to commemorate our fifty years. Watch for special events at our upcoming conference and throughout the next two years. 

    Speaking of our upcoming conference, we have continued to work on our outreach efforts in Memphis and we thank all of you who are still interested. We have three separate efforts planned. The first is led by our Corrections Committee and they will be going into the county jail to do a training for the jail staff.  The second involves partnering with the Memphis legal community to offer a session for local attorneys. And, third, we have several Memphis high schools that will be hosting APLS members speaking in their classes. 

    Thank you to all of you who have expressed your interest and availability to go into a Memphis high school to talk about psychology and law.  We have a wonderful problem that there were more APLS members interested in participating than we had schools lined up to have speakers! We’re working with several more schools to see if we can accommodate more speakers and will be sending out final details by mid-January. We know some of you are waiting on this information to make your travel plans, so we are working with the schools as quickly as we can.  Hopefully we will have some success once the schools come back from winter break.


    Bradley D. McAuliff, JD, PhD (bradley.mcauliff@csun.edu)

    California State University, Northridge

    Happy New Year! I would like to take this opportunity as Incoming Editor-in-Chief to introduce the journal’s Associate Editors effective January 1, 2018. David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, Drexel University (dsd25@drexel.edu) and Amanda Zelechoski, JD, PhD, ABPP, Valparaiso University (amanda.zelechoski@valpo.edu) will oversee clinical submissions and Jennifer Hunt, PhD, SUNY Buffalo State (huntjs@buffalostate.edu), Lora Levett, PhD, University of Florida (llevett@ufl.edu) and Kyle Scherr, PhD, Central Michigan University (scher1kc@cmich.edu) will oversee experimental submissions. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and continuing to publish the field’s highest quality research.

    We would like to thank Margaret Bull Kovera and her editorial team for passing on a healthy journal.The impact factor is now 2.822, the highest it has been in more than a decade and the five-year impact factor of 2.919 is the highest ever. Our goal moving forward is to make this excellent journal even better. We have been working on initiatives designed to (1) clarify the journal’s evaluation criteria for publication; (2) promote transparency, openness, and reproducibility in the journal’s published research; and (3) enhance the visibility of the journal among clinical practitioners, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

    We will begin introducing the initiatives this year and encourage you to stay informed by regularly checking our newsletter column, reading our editorial to be published in LHB this spring, and attending an informational session to be held on Saturday, March 10, 12:30pm at this year’s AP-LS conference in Memphis, Tennessee. We welcome any questions or suggestions you might have during this transition and look forward to working with you in 2018!


    Michael E. Keesler, J.D., Ph.D.

    When an examinee is referred for psychological evaluation by her physician, but at the instruction of her attorney, you've probably got a backdoor forensic evaluation on your hands. Regardless of how they arise, though, they create a host of difficulties and pitfalls for the unwary clinician.

    To read the full column, please click here.


    Take a look at the latest research briefs for short summaries of the latest articles relevant to psychology-law.

    Click here to see the latest briefs.


    NEW for APLS 2018:
    a pilot program offering Childcare Grants for attendance at the conference! The AP-LS Professional Development of Women committee will award 25 grants of up to $300, with priority to first authors and presenters. (Eligibility: open to AP-LS student and non-student members, men and women. Funds can be used for child care needs at the conference or at home during AP-LS).

    The deadline to apply has been extended until January 5, 2018.

    To apply, please click here.


    Archives of the 2017 newsletters are now available at http://ap-ls.wildapricot.org/Newsletter


    April 10, 1937 – October 29, 2017

    Written by Brian Cutler & Margaret Bull Kovera

    The AP-LS Newsletter is the right place to memorialize Gary Moran. Gary joined AP-LS very early in the association’s history and attended most AP-LS conferences until his death. If you attended jury research symposia and papers or visited the conference hotel bar at around 4:00 pm, you have likely encountered Gary, whether or not you were formally introduced to him.

    Gary and his brother Bill were born in Buffalo and lived there, North Carolina, and Florida after losing their parents at young ages. Gary’s education culminated with a PhD in social psychology from the University of Nijmegan in the Netherlands. 

    His first academic job was at the University of Montana. Feeling isolated, he left Missoula for a faculty position at the Gary campus of Indiana University and experienced the turbulent 60s there.  When given the chance, Gary jumped on the opportunity to return to Florida. He and three other faculty members co-founded the Department of Psychology at the newly-established Florida International University.  From meager beginnings, with their first offices in the control tower of the Tamiami Airport, Gary and his colleagues launched a department at a university that now has Research I status and a doctoral program in Legal Psychology that has housed many productive scholars, graduates, and students. Gary can be credited with starting FIU’s enduring graduate program.

    Gary’s academic passion was scientific jury selection and trial consulting. Gary’s early research on scientific jury selection and death qualification, published in top flight journals, were influential in the day. His consistent advocacy for the training of trial consultants made FIU’s program unique. Gary’s passion for trial consulting touched many graduate students whom he supervised directly or indirectly, most notably Judy Platania and Brooke Butler. Gary was himself a jury selection expert and trial consultant, working on high profile trials of Columbian drug cartel members and their U.S. associates. As a Miamian, trial consultant, and with his close brother Bill as a prominent Miami criminal defense lawyer, names that Hollywood has made famous, such as Carlos Lederer, Jorge Ochoa, and now Bobby Seal, were part of Gary’s Miami life. Gary’s social network seemed larger than life, inhabited by characters that would have been at home in Tom Wolfe and Carl Hiassen novels. We were fortunate to have been introduced to and involved in trial consulting with Gary, so much so that we dedicated our book on the topic to him.

    It would be a grave injustice to Gary to not comment on his vibrant disposition. Gary was, in a word, outrageous. Many people thought that Gary just spoke his mind. Although there is no doubt truth to that assertion, in our opinions, Gary took great pride in shocking people and had little stock in believing what flowed from his vocal chords in casual conversation. For example, Gary had a “shit list” on the exterior side of his office door, which he updated regularly. This list included many individuals (including ourselves at various times), units, and organizations. It was not difficult to know where you stood with Gary. However, he was equally vocal about the great loves of his life: jury work, baseball (especially his beloved Cleveland Indians), the Netherlands, and his daughters and grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).

    Beneath the outrageous armor, Gary was highly compassionate when it came to serious illness.  He was a self-professed hypochondriac, perpetually preoccupied with the possibility that he had developed one form of cancer or another. So, when a colleague developed cancer or other serious illness, Gary would react in a fatherly way, with empathy, kindness, and sympathy. Gary was a loving father and grandfather and lived for his trips to the Netherlands, a place he loved and where he had family. We will all miss him.


    The American Psychology-Law Society has a new address and phone number. Please make note of the changes. 

    Phone/fax number:



    American Psychology-Law Society

    Division 41 of APA

    PO Box 805

    Harrisburg, NC  28075


    For information about the 2018 AP-LS Conference workshops, please click here

    Please note that the early bird rates only apply until January 31, 2018.


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    Newsletter Editorial Board

     Editor Marc Patry
     Associate Editor
     Leah Georges
     Student Assistant Editor
     Sarah Shaw
     Content Editors -
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     Charles Stone &
     Rebecca  Weiss

     Content Editor -
     Legal Update
     Christopher King  kingch@mail.montclair.edu
     Content Editor -
     Expert Opinion
     Melinda Wolbransky melinda.wolbransky@gmail.com
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     Christina Riggs Romaine
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     Advances in Psych &
     Alice Thornewill & Shelby Arnold
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     Amanda Reed aplsstudents@gmail.com

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