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Welcome to the May 2017 
American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) E-Newsletter.

Our new monthly E-News 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.  

Our most recent full PDF Newsletter (Winter 2017) is available hereWe are in the process of appointing a new editor, who will take over the E-News and transition from the PDF Newsletters to the E-News, which will occur in August 2017.  In the period of transition from Jan through Aug 2017, Tess M.S. Neal, AP-LS Member-at-Large, is creating and sending the E-News.


Special Issue on    Guilty Pleas

Psychology, Public Policy, and Law invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Guilty Pleas with publication anticipated summer 2018. The deadline for submission is June 1st, 2017. Guest Editors: Miko Wilford and Allison Redlich. See p. 48 of this newsletter for further details, including how to submit.


Special Issue on Criminal Mental States

Behavioral Sciences & Law announces a forthcoming special issue on "Criminal Mental States," to be edited by Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LL.M., a newly appointed editor for the journal. Manuscripts must be received by 9/1/17.  Click here for more info.   


For short summaries of hundreds of the latest articles relevant to psychology-law, please see pages 16- 40 of the latest PDF Newsletter. 

Thanks to Associate Editors: Charles B. Stone & Rebecca A. Weiss, along with student contributors Fabiana Alceste, Kendra Doychak, Sara Hartigan, Kristyn Jones,Emily Joseph, Amanda Rosinski, & Elizabeth Toal for scouring the literature and compiling these summaries.


The 2018 conference will be held March 8-10 at the beautiful and historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, with optional pre-conference workshops on March 7.

The "Peabody Ducks" have made the hotel world-famous.  These ducks live on the swanky hotel rooftop and make daily treks to the fountain in the lobby, a tradition dating back to at least the 1930s (if not way back to to hotel's opening in 1869).


Division 41 in D.C.

AP-LS will have convention programming at this year's American Psychological Association convention in Washington D.C. (August 3-6, 2017).  

The 2017 Online Convention Program will be available here in late June, with details about Division 41 programming included.

Thanks to 2017 APA Conference Co-Chairs Monica Miller and Twila Wingrove for their hard work on this AP-LS programming.


Memphis, TN

Nick Druhn and Lindsey Wylie have been named as the 2018 AP-LS Conference Co-Chairs.  Thank you Nick and Lindsey!

Look for more information this summer and fall as Nick and Lindsey plan the 2018 conference.


This google form is where members can indicate their interest in serving on various AP-LS committees. Note that most committees' deadlines are June 1 for all materials, so if you are interested and have not filled out the form yet, now is the time.

Committees will use this form to follow up with interested people and follow their own procedures for asking for additional materials from interested persons and selecting new members.  New members will be appointed by August.  Service terms are normally for 3 years.

Full committee terms of reference (descriptions of committees) are here


Cut the Bull! Media Portrayals of Social Science in the Law

In the Legal Update section of the latest AP-LS PDF Newsletter, Trisha E. Volpe of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP and ThemeVision LLC wrote about how this new show has sparked some debate in the trial consulting and social science communities.  

The controversy is about how the media depicts psychologists and other social scientists in the legal system and how these depictions affect public perceptions of the profession.  

Read the interesting article on pages 3-4 of the PDF Newsletter for more.  Thanks to Associate Editor Dennis P. Stolle for shepherding the article.  


We offer our members 6 unique grant mechanisms and 9 distinct awards. See the link above for details and deadlines.  

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        AP-LS seeks to advance the science of psychology - law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy.  Our mission is to enhance well-being, justice, and human rights through science and practice of psychology in legal contexts.