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Welcome to the October 2017 
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.  


It is becoming increasingly challenging for professionals and the public to navigate through the ever-growing body of information to identify and access high-quality research that is relevant to their respective fields. The Psychology Law Evidence Database (PLED) was created to address this need.

For more information click here.

To access the PLED, please visit www.psychologylawevidence.com.  

Any individuals interested in serving as expert reviewers are encouraged to contact PLED@sfu.ca.



$3,000 APF Trauma Psychology Grant

The American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) 2018 Trauma Psychology Grant seeks to support innovative work to alleviate trauma.

See our website for more information http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/trauma-psychology-grant.aspx

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018.


In this issue’s Legal Update column, featuring a new editor, a freely available mental health law news resource is profiled. A short primer on legal research is also provided for readers without formal legal training. Click here to view the Legal Update.


This is a quarterly review and summary of the valuable advancements in the psychological and legal fields. Sometimes staying on top of all the news, research and legal updates relevant to the field can be a daunting task. Our hope with this quarterly update is to save you some time and keep you informed! Click here to learn about the advances in psychology.


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.



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.



One of Eve Brank's presidential initiatives is to "do good" in the communities in which we have AP-LS conferences. The External-Focused Presidential Task Force has developed a few options for the upcoming conference in Memphis and they would like to hear whether you are interested in being involved in this outreach. We have brainstormed a few ideas including doing presentations or trainings with local attorneys, correctional facility employees, social workers, and students in high schools, community colleges, or universities.

For those of you who have or who will submit a proposal for the AP-LS conference, the submission portal provides an opportunity to express interest in participating in this externally focused initiative. If you are not planning on submitting a proposal for AP-LS and you would still like to know more about this initiative, then please follow this link http://goo.gl/o8fZBc where you can indicate your interest. Please do so by October 6th. More details will be provided soon!


The Career Corner is intended to highlight the individuals who work at the intersection of law and psychology, where they come from, how they got there and how their experiences influence their research, teaching, and/or practice. This edition of Career Corner profiles Eve M. Brank, J.D., Ph.D, the 2017-2018 President of the APA Division 41 American Psychology-Law Society. 

Click here to view this edition of Career Corner.


The Human Animal Interactions (HAI) section of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) is working with Divisions 20 and 54 on creating a collaborative symposium on the topic of emotional support dogs and service dogs. As there are many legal issues associated with this, Division 41 would be a natural collaborator in this effort. For more information or if you wish to collaborate, please contact Lori Kogan at Lori.Kogan@ColoState.edu


Email addresses for all current EC members and Committe Chairs  can be found here.


Dr. Evan McCuish is our 1st place dissertation award winner. His dissertation, entitled "Bringing Psychopathy into Research on Offending Trajectories: Understanding the Construct's Role as a Barrier to Desistance", investigated the trajectories of chronic, serious, and violent offending of incarcerated males and females between the ages of 12 and 28. Evan completed his dissertation at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Raymond R. Corrado.

Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh is our 2nd place dissertation award winner. Her dissertation, entitled "Parental Guidance: The Role of Family in Youth Reoffending", examined the reciprocal effects of justice system contact on the parent-child dyad by interviewing almost 300 mothers and their sons who were first-time offenders over the course of 2.5 years. Caitlin completed her dissertation at the University of California, Irvine, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman. 

Dr. Kelsey S. Henderson is our 3rd place dissertation award winner. Her dissertation, entitled "Investigating Predictors of True and False Guilty Pleas", focused on plea decision making in an analogue context by examining whether guilty and innocent students accused of cheating plead guilty or took their case before the Student Conduct Committee. Kelsey completed her dissertation at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Lora M. Levett.


The AP-LS Early Career Professionals Committee is hosting a free, drop-in statistics consultation table at the 2018 conference in Memphis (March 8-10). 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, please email James Andretta at jamesrandretta@gmail.com, and provide him with your full name, your institution, 3 to 4 areas of statistical competence/expertise, and the statistical software package(s) that you are most familiar with using.

After the release of the AP-LS 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.

Newsletter Editorial Board

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

 Content Editor -
 Legal Update
 Christopher King  kingch@mail.montclair.edu
 Content Editor -
 Expert Opinion
 Melinda Wolbransky melinda.wolbransky@gmail.com
 Content Editor -
 Teaching in Psych &
 Christina Riggs Romaine criggsromaine@gmail.com
 Content Editor -
 Advances in Psych &
 Dave DeMatteo  dsd25@drexel.edu
 Content Editor -
 Career Corner
 Amanda Reed aplsstudents@gmail.com

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