Careers in psychology and law
Psychologists may pursue a number of specialties within the area of psychology and law.
APA Commission on Ethics Processes
Call for Nominations
The APA Council of Representatives approved the establishment of a commission to evaluate and recommend changes to APA's ethics processes. It has issued a call for nominations for this commission. For more details regarding the nomination procedure, please visit the APA Commission on Ethics Processes: Call for Nominations page.
Initial AP-LS Response to Hoffman Report
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.
Past president, American Psychology-Law Society
Welcome from our President
Welcome to the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; APA Div. 41). AP-LS is an interdisciplinary organization with more than 3,200 active members — students and professionals; researchers, scholars, and practitioners — who share an interest in the intersection of psychology and law. We seek to advance the science of psychology-law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy, and our core mission is to enhance well-being, justice, and human rights through the science and practice of psychology in legal contexts. AP-LS has a variety of committees that focus on particular professional interests in the field, and we have an active grants program that provides financial support for students and professionals who conduct psychology-law research. We promote and disseminate relevant research through our flagship journal (Law and Human Behavior) and an active social media presence. A highlight of AP-LS is our annual conference, which will next be held in Seattle, from March 16-18, 2017. Attending our annual conference provides a great opportunity to hear about the most recent psychology-law research, present your own research, and otherwise contribute to furthering the dialogue about important mental health and legal issues that affect policy and practice. I look forward to seeing you there!
David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic)