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 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.
The latest version of the APLS Scientific Review Paper on Eyewitness Identification (PDF, 1.7MB) is now available for review. 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 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) website! We are Div. 41 of the American Psychological Association. AP-LS members and the organization itself work to advance the contributions of psychology to the understanding of law and legal institutions through basic and applied research; promote 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 inform the psychological and legal communities and the general public of current research, educational and service activities in the field of psychology and law.
There are many ways you can learn more about AP-LS and get involved in the organization! You found our website, and it has many useful links providing information about our activities. Under the Leadership tab, you can learn about our current leadership and about our active committees focusing on issues related to the profession. If you are interested in learning more about research in psychology and law, check out the Publications tab above where you can see the latest in the AP-LS News or find out about our Division’s journal, Law and Human Behavior. AP-LS also provides many training resources and career opportunities. Job listings in the field can be found under the “quick links” on the left of this page. Just click on the Education & Training tab for information about our many grants and awards opportunities. Under that tab, you also will find resources on teaching psychology and law and on graduate training in psychology and law.
Speaking of students, AP-LS is one of the most student-supporting organizations I know. Many of our members first joined AP-LS as students, like myself. Our Student Section is a model in service for our organization, providing many benefits and opportunities to our student and full members alike. It is the perfect place for students interested in law-psychology to get involved and start making AP-LS their academic home. See the Students link to the left under the “Especially For” link to the left for more information about the good work our Student Section is doing.
I hope you will find these resources helpful – welcome to our Division!
Jennifer Groscup, JD, PhD