Psychology and law careers
Psychologists may pursue a number of specialties within the area of psychology and law.
Criminal and juvenile justice issues
APA’s advocacy activities on behalf of criminal and juvenile justice issues.
Scientific Review Paper Draft
The AP-LS Executive Committee appointed a writing committee to draft an updated version of the AP-LS scientific review paper on eyewitness identification procedures. The first draft of the AP-LS scientific review paper on eyewitness identification procedures is available for AP-LS members to review: APLS Scientific Review Paper initial draft July 30, 2018 (PDF, 1.9MB).
The first AP-LS scientific review paper on eyewitness identification procedures was published in 1998, which made four recommendations. This new initial draft currently has nine recommendations.
A second draft will be posted in February, at least one month before the AP-LS conference in Portland, Oregon. There will also be a session presented by the authors in Portland to discuss the second draft. Additional comments and suggestions on the second draft will be collected following the Portland session.
Also, any concerns or questions about the process can be directed to the chair of the AP-LS Scientific Paper Review Committee, Mark Costanzo.
Welcome from our President
Welcome to the website of APA Div. 41, the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). AP-LS works to advance the contributions of psychology to the understanding of law and legal institutions through basic and applied research; promotes the education of psychologists in matters of law and the education of legal personnel in matters of psychology, including the appropriate use of psychologists in the legal system; and informs the psychological and legal communities and the general public of current research, educational and service activities in the field of psychology and law.
AP-LS has an active executive committee and a variety of committees focusing on issues related to the profession. For more information about these leaders and what the committees do, please see the Leadership tab. AP-LS is also fortunate to have an active grants program that focuses on funding the work of students, early career professionals, underrepresented groups, and innovative research. Check out the page under the Awards tab for more information.
Our dynamic student committee is a perfect place for students interested in law-psychology to get involved and start making AP-LS your academic home. See the “Especially for Students” link to the left for more information about that committee and the good work they are doing.
One highlight of AP-LS is our annual conference held each March. More information about our conference is under the Conference tab.
Kevin S. Douglas, LLB, PhD