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Welcome to the June 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.


Division 41 in D.C. August 3-6, 2017

Division 41 is proud to bring you quality and diverse programming and events during the American Psychological Association's 125th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.     

Some highlights include: 

  • 4 co-sponsored programs, including "LGBT Equality," "Addiction," "Police-Community Relations," and "Sexual Violence on Campus"
  • 8 collaborative programs sponsored by AP-LS, including "Neuroimaging," "Sexual Violence on Campus," "Early Career Compass," and "Bullying"
  • More than 40 co-listed programs supported by AP-LS, including "The Wage Gap," "Parental Incarceration," and "#Blacklivesmatter"
  • Nearly a dozen co-listed programs for students, including "Intro to R," "Internship," and "Post-Doc Talk"
  • CE Sessions on Ethics in Correctional Settings, Ethics in Forensic Psych, Corrections Reform, and Women's Justice
  • Student section symposium - Social Science and Public Policy, Law
  • Book signing - Datchi & Ancis "Gender, Psychology, & Justice"
  • Div 41 Social Hour
  • Business Meeting
  • 3 poster sessions
  • Hospitality suite

See here for more details about these sessions.  Also, the online convention program will be available here in late June, with more details included.

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


San Francisco, CA
August 9-12, 2018

Twila Wingrove, Evelyn Maeder, & Natalie Anumba have been named as the APA 2018 Convention Co-Chairs for Division 41 programming.  Twila and Evelyn bring experimental expertise, while Natalie has expertise in clinical forensic psychology.  

Given the 2-year terms that are traditionally served, Evelyn and Natalie will also be Co-Chairs for APA 2019 (Chicago), and a future President will decide whether to keep it at two Co-Chairs for that Convention or appoint a third Co-Chair.


Common Ground Series Article 

Common Ground, sponsored by the AP-LS Student Committee, is a new Newsletter /  E-News series designed to foster collaboration among lawyers, psychologists, and students in AP-LS. It seeks to highlight the unique contributions each group can make to the field of law-psychology. Each article will be co-authored by a student, a psychologist, and a legal professional in order to explore relevant issues from each perspective. 

In this first article, Jennifer Kamorowski, J.D., Heather Ellis Cucolo, J.D., & Allison D. Redlich, Ph.D. describe a new law, called "International Megan's Law," requiring registered sex offenders to bear a "unique identifier" on their U.S. passports. The article poses 3 arguments for why the passport identifer is not justified. Read the article on pages 7-12 of the latest PDF Newsletter here


Dave DeMatteo delivered his Presidential Address at this year's AP-LS annual conference in March.  His title was "AP-LS and the Field of Psychology-Law: A Blueprint for the Future." To view the video-recorded address, click here.

President DeMatteo's presidential initiative has focused on increasing the "L" in AP-LS this year.  Several components to this initiative include:

  • Increasing the presence, contribution, and influence of law students, legal scholars, and legal practitioners in AP-LS
  • Promoting the research being conducted by our members to legislators, policymakers, and administrators
  • Keeping AP-LS members informed about legal developments that are relevant to our membership
  • Encouraging a research focus on topics that require combined psychology-law expertise and that have implications for policy and practice


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