The Mentorship Committee

Mentoring is the process by which those more experienced provide advice, support, and knowledge to those less experienced. Researchers and teachers have found that having a mentor can lead to a variety of benefits such as higher levels of satisfaction with graduate school and career experiences and more productive careers (see e.g., Johnson & Huwe, 2003 for a review of the benefits of being mentored).

About the Committee

In 2004, AP-LS formed an ad hoc Mentorship Committee in an effort to reach out to psychologists in the early stages of their careers and to graduate students who plan to enter a career in psychology and law. The Mentorship Committee members are: Ryann Haw, Fadia Narchet, Sarah Manchak, Chriscelyn Tussey (Chair) and V. Anne Tubb.

The AP-LS Mentorship Committee provides for a variety of different mentoring experiences. More specifically, mentors are available to answer questions through this website and mentoring is also provided during AP-LS’s annual conferences

Website Mentoring

The AP-LS ad hoc Mentorship Committee has arranged for forensic and non-forensic mentors to be available to answer questions from graduate students or new faculty. In general, forensic mentors can discuss areas where clinical psychology has been applied to the legal system. Examples of topics in this area are risk assessment, competency, profiling, and psychological assessment. Non-forensic mentors specialize in topics in which areas such as social and cognitive psychology have been applied to the legal system. Examples of topics in this area are eyewitness evidence, jury decision-making, expert testimony, confessions and detecting deception. You can see who our mentors are and their specific interests by clicking on the link Meet the Mentors. Here you will find biographical information about each mentor including his/her area of specialty. You can use this information to determine which mentor may be best suited to respond to your question(s).   

Please check our FAQ’s page first before contacting a mentor. If you find that the FAQ page has not provided answers to your questions, then feel free to contact one of our mentors.

Conference Mentoring  

AP-LS 2010 ( Vancouver, Canada) – Mentorship Luncheon: A mentorship luncheon was held for the 2010 Vancouver  conference on Friday, March 19. The mentorship luncheon focused on mentors’ top five tips for being successful in a variety of areas. Attendees met with mentors and discussed the mentors’ top five tips for being successful. Each mentor discussed a separate area, including finding a non-academic job in government, finding a niche in psychology and law, conducting forensic evaluations, balancing academic and clinical work, and setting up a private practice, among others. Attendees met with each mentor for approximately 20 minutes, allowing them to meet with several mentors during the session.

AP-LS 2009 (San Antonio, Texas) – Mentorship Luncheon: A mentorship luncheon was held for the 2009 San Antonio conference on Saturday, March 7. The mentorship luncheon was part of a three part series with the Student Section and the Teaching, Training, and Careers (TTC) Committee focusing on job interviewing. The Student Section portion of the series consisted of a presentation on CVs and personal statements, while the TTC portion of the series consisted of a presentation on job search and hiring practices at academic institutions. The Mentorship Committee portion of the series consisted of an interactive session in which mentors posed questions to attendees that mimicked the type of questions likely to be heard during job interviews.

AP-LS 2008 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – Mentorship Breakfast: The mentorship breakfast for the 2008 Jacksonville conference was held on Friday, March 7. The mentor breakfast focused on developing good mentor/mentee relationships in graduate school. Edie Greene and Monica Miller served as our main speakers. Several other mentors spoke with students on choosing an advisor/mentor, being a good advisee, approaching and working with your advisor to develop ideas, cultivating your relationship with your advisor, using research if you are not an academic, and dealing with the rest of life while in school during roundtable discussions.

AP-LS 2006 (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – Mentorship Breakfast: The mentorship breakfast for the 2006 St. Petersburg conference was held on Saturday, March 4. Brian Cutler began the session with a presentation on the topic of publishing and reviewing. After the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to interact with the several mentors. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the mentors for providing their time and guidance! A special thanks to the Student Section for their help in advertising the event and the approximately 30 students who attended the breakfast.

AP-LS 2005 (La Jolla, Calif.) – A symposium entitled, “Advice for Graduate Students and Beginning Professionals,” jointly sponsored by the APLS Mentorship Committee and the APLS Careers and Training Committee took place on March 4, 2005. During the mentorship portion of this symposium, Wendy Heath (Chair of the Mentorship Committee) summarized the activities and the services the Committee offers (e.g., AP-LS website mentor page with links to mentors available to answer questions, the mentorship breakfast). Much of the last hour of the session was a question and answer session with mentors Dick Rogers, Rich Weiner, Gail Goodman, Beth Wiggins, and Matt Zaitchik who offered their perspectives on their chosen careers and offered advice. We are extremely grateful to the mentors who volunteered their time. The session was extremely well attended (standing room only with approximately 120 attendees).  

AP-LS 2005 (La Jolla, Calif.) –Mentorship Breakfast: The Mentorship breakfast occurred on March 5, 2005. Graduate students and beginning professionals interacted with mentors in small discussion groups over a light breakfast. The following mentors joined us for breakfast: Margaret Kovera, Mario Scalora, Norman Poythress, Larry Wrightsman, Matt Zaitchik, Gary Moran, Jack Brigham, Don Whitworth, and Bill Werkun. Again we are grateful to the mentors who shared their time. Twenty-eight protégés joined us for breakfast. We’re glad you could join us!  

We are currently in the planning stages to develop events for the 2011 International Conference for AP-LS, the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law in Miami, Florida from March 1st to 6th, 2011, at the Miami Regency Hyatt.

If you attended any of the above events or have ideas for future events, please contact us with your comments, suggestions or feedback. Your comments will help us when planning future events and allow us the opportunity to best cater to the needs of our participants. You can email comments to Tara Mitchell. We thank you in advance for your feedback.


Johnson, W. B., & Huwe, J. M. (2003). Getting mentored in graduate school. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Meet the Mentors