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.

Initial AP-LS Response to Hoffman Report

AP-LS members,

As you may have heard, the APA commissioned an independent report (the Hoffman Report) to investigate allegations that the APA acted in ways to facilitate the use of torture during the Bush administration. A number of individuals and APA divisions have produced a myriad of recommendations/requirements for interrogation-related practice and research. The AP-LS Executive Committee will discuss the report at our meeting in Toronto next month. In the meantime, I welcome your comments about the report and its potential impact for AP-LS as an organization as well as for our individual members. Please email me directly, and I will summarize any feedback for our executive committee meeting. 


Jen Woolard
President-elect, American Psychology-Law Society

Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture Nominations

AP-LS is seeking nominations for the Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture at the 2016 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention.

The Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture promotes psychology as a means of attaining peace through world law.  The lecture series was established in 1998 by Raymond A. Weiss, PhD, and Rosalee G. Weiss, PhD, in memory of their daughter, Lynn, whose interests centered on the science and art of politics, with a focus on world law. The lecture fund is administered by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), and the lecture series is administered by the Committee on Division/APA Relations.

The speaker will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and APF will provide a printed brochure to be disseminated during the lecture that includes information on Lynn Stuart Weiss, as well as the selected speaker.

AP-LS will choose a speaker for the Weiss Lecture at the 2016 APA Convention.  The Executive Committee is seeking nominations for speakers that meet the following criteria:

  1. A demonstrated history of scholarship or work in the field that is relevant to the promotion of peace and world law, broadly defined.
  2. Scholarship or work experience on an issue that will be of interest to members of AP-LS.
  3. A doctoral degree in psychology, law or a related field.

To nominate a potential speaker, please send a short (500 words maximum) description of the candidate, her or his relevant work and why you believe she or he would be a good speaker for the Weiss Lecture series.  Please include a CV or other biographical information if possible.  You are welcome to nominate more than one candidate.

View the list of previous speakers.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 28, 2015.  Please send nominations or questions to Jenn Hunt, AP-LS member at large.