Welcome from our President

Patricia ZapfWelcome. Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society; AP-LS) is a group of approximately 3,000 scholars, researchers and practitioners, belonging to various disciplines, who work at the intersection of psychology and law. We are a student-friendly organization with an active Student Committee that provide an array of resources and experiences for students interested in learning more about the field of psychology and law. In addition, we hold an annual conference where students and professionals come together to share ideas about research and practice and to connect socially. This website provides information about the wealth of opportunities available in this field, including information about the various publications produced by AP-LS, the various training opportunities available and information about the division and our leadership.  

Our next conference will be held in San Diego, California, from March 19-21, 2015. The meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics (e.g., forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma). Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program they can tailor to their interests. Please consider joining one of our committees to keep AP-LS responsive to members' professional needs, as well as pressing social problems. We hope to see you there.

International Conference on Psychology & Law

At this conference we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) in Nuremberg. We are grateful that the American Psychology-Law Society, the Australian Association of Psychiatry & Psychology of Law and the Psychology & Law Division of the German Psychological Society are co-hosting this event together with EAPL. Due to this broad support we expect a truly international showcase of exciting research and practice in the interface of psychology & law and related disciplines.

Amiram Elwork, PhD

Amiram Elwork Terry Gutkin, PhD, provides a farewell message to deceased psychologist Amiram Elwork, PhD, who passed away August 11, 2014.

Video Series

The Minority Affairs Committee of the American Psychology-Law Society has recently produced a series of short (2-3 minute) videos, highlighting the work of AP-LS members and addressing the following topics: 

  • A basic introduction to the field of psychology and law 
  • Examples of the real-world impact of the field 
  • Information about career opportunities 
  • Information about applying for graduate school in psychology and law 

Please share this link with as many individuals as you can who may have an interest in learning more about diversity, psychology and the law! If you have questions about the videos, please contact the Chair of the MAC Communication Sub-Committee, Dr. Sarah Shelton.