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.

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

Amiram Elwork, PhD

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