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Welcome to the February 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.  


Behavioral Sciences & the Law announces a forthcoming special issue on The Use of Statistics in Criminal Cases, to be edited by Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LL.M., a senior editor for the journal. James R. Andretta, Ph.D. will assist in coordinating and editing the special issue. We highly encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration among social scientists, legal scholars, and statisticians. For this reason, we are providing a Google Docs forum for individuals interested in the topic to locate potential collaborators. Please find the forum here .

For more information about submission details and requirements, please click here.

Manuscripts must be received by September 1, 2018.


The results of the 2017 APA Apportionment ballot and bylaws amendment elections are now released. For 2019, APLS (DIV41) will keep its two seats on the APA Council of Representatives (CoR). The more seats APLS holds on the CoR, the stronger the voice APLS can have in APA. Six divisions will lose at least one seat for 2019, while five divisions and the Virgin Islands will gain a seat. We thank you for your votes. 

The apportionment partially depended on the results of APA members' votes in the 2017 bylaws amendment elections. The proposed amendment to guarantee a seat on Council for each division and state, provincial and territorial association passed with 90% of the vote. That led to the Virgin Islands gaining their seat. The proposed amendment to remove the $2 dues discount for APA membership in one division also passed with 86% of the vote. However, the proposed amendment to provide CoR with the authority to determine the eligibility requirements for the dues-exempt category did not pass.

If you have any questions, please contact your elected APLS representatives on CoR: Jason Cantone (jasoncantone@gmail.com) or Tom Grisso (Thomas.Grisso@umassmed.edu).



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.


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

Eve Brank, JD, PhD

It is February, which means many of us are finishing our APLS presentations (or maybe just starting on them?!) and getting ready to head to our annual conference in a few weeks. The backdrop for our conference is the city of Memphis where fifty years ago on April 4th Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated a few blocks from where we will be gathering. That tragic event provides a backdrop to consider the role of law-psychology in civil rights issues. I know the conference co-chairs, Lindsey Wylie and Nick Druhn, have plenary sessions planned that will help us focus on modern-day civil rights issues. Of course, they also have a packed program with the newest research across the field of law and psychology.

As I noted in my January article, we have continued to work on our outreach efforts in Memphis. If you indicated you wanted to be involved in these efforts, then you should have received an email from me earlier this week. If you did not receive that email, please let me know and let me know if you are a student or non-student APLS member. You can email me at ebrank2@unl.edu.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank my External Outreach task force members who have been working on these efforts. A big thank you to Matt Zaitchik, Apryl Alexander, Kathleen Kemp, Kelsey Henderson, Tom Ferrant, Sarah Miller, and Melinda Wolbransky. It has been an honor and pleasure to get to work with each of them. Please join me in thanking these APLS members!



Tina M.Zottoli, Ph.D. & Vanessa A. Edkins, Ph.D.

Issue Contributors

It is only with knowledge of existing law that we can develop ecologically valid research that can make a real contribution to policy discourse. This month’s legal update shares the step-by-step process by which one research team utilized a variety of easily-accessible legal resources to inform the topic of the imposition and communication of collateral consequences of convictions.

To read the full legal update, please click here


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


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


Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Najdowski, who been selected for this year's Saleem Shah Award. This award recognizes early career excellence and is co-sponsored by AAFP and AP-LS. Such excellence does not come easily, as the award honoring Dr. Shah entails a broad range of qualities, including the passionate development of relevant research and its application to public service, practice, and mentoring. 

Dr. Najdowski completed her doctoral degree in 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY Albany. Dr. Najdowski has made rapid and extensive contributions to the scientific literature in areas including, but not limited to: race-based biases and their relation to miscarriages of justice, juvenile offenders (both their actual and perceived abilities), and issues related to abuse, trauma, and victimization. To date, she has 27 peer-reviewed publications (13 first author), 11 book chapters (two first author), one co-edited book, and another book forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She has also served the field in a wide range of capacities, including currently as a member of the editorial boards of Law and Human Behavior and the Albany Law Review's annual Miscarriages of Justice special issue. Dr. Najdowski has been described as “a dedicated teacher and mentor”, whose scholarship embodies the spirit of the Saleem Shah Award. 


Congratulations Dr.Najdowski! 


The American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) makes available up to $5000 (maximum award is $1,500 per applicant) for grants to graduate students conducting dissertations in applied areas of law and psychology, with preference shown for dissertations addressing clinical-forensic issues. For more information, please click here.

Submissions should be e-mailed no later than March 31st to the President-Elect of AAFP, Julie Gallagher, Psy.D. ABPP (dr.julie.gallagher@gmail.com).


Please join the Professional Development of Women (PDW) Committee for our workshop at the APLS Conference! Our workshop is entitled “Mindfulness-Based Techniques and Tips for Reducing Stress,” and is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 9:15-10:35am (Ballroom A).  The workshop will be led by Dr. Peggilee Wupperman (John Jay College) who has extensive experience in the research, training and practice of mindfulness. All members of AP-LS are invited to attend regardless of gender, career focus, or stage of career.  We hope to see you there!

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
 Content Editor -
 Advances in Psych &
 Alice Thornewill & Shelby Arnold
 Content Editor -
 Career Corner
 Amanda Reed aplsstudents@gmail.com

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