2018 President: Kevin S. Douglas
Kevin S. Douglas, LLB, PhD, is professor of psychology and associate chair, department of psychology, law and forensic psychology program, Simon Fraser University. He is also a guest professor of applied criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a senior research advisor at the University of Oslo. Douglas received his law degree in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his PhD in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2002. He was the recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law (2005), awarded jointly by the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. His research interests include violence risk assessment and management; the association between mental and personality disorders and violence; and dynamic risk factors. He is co-author of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) violence risk assessment measure, which has been translated into 20 languages and is used broadly around the world. He is lead author on the latest (third) revision of the HCR-20, published in 2013. Douglas has authored over 160 journal articles, books or book chapters. He has held executive positions with AP-LS (member at large), APA (Committee on Legal Issues), and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (director, treasurer).
President-Elect: Jennifer Groscup
Jennifer L. Groscup, JD, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Scripps College, the women’s college of the Claremont Colleges. She received her JD and PhD (Social Psychology) from the law/psychology program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research has been funded by local entities and federal agencies and focuses on legal decision-making. In the jury and judicial decision-making contexts, her research has focused on expert testimony and scientific evidence, and she received the AP-LS First Place Dissertation Award for her research in that area in 2002. Her research on Fourth Amendment decision-making has focused on privacy expectations, especially related to the use of technology, and on the psychological factors that contribute to a person’s willingness to consent to a police search. Groscup has served as a reviewer for journals and book publishers and an editorial board member for journals in psychology and law. She previously served AP-LS as Dissertation Awards Committee chair, AP-LS conference co-chair, newsletter editor, member-at-Large, and secretary. Groscup was the recipient of the AP-LS Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award in the Field of Psychology and Law in 2017.
2017 Past President: Eve Brank
Eve M. Brank, JD, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology and courtesy professor of law at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is also the director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law, and the Scientific Resources for the Law faculty advisor. She received her JD and PhD (Social Psychology) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research has been funded by local and federal agencies and focuses primarily on the way the law intervenes in family and personal decision making. In the family context, she has focused on the role of blame and responsibility in parental liability and elder caregiving. In the personal context, she has focused on Fourth Amendment privacy rights and psychological factors that contribute to a person’s willingness to consent to a police search. Brank is the co-editor for Court Review and has served as a reviewer for more than 25 journals and book publishers. In addition to serving AP-LS as member-at-large, secretary and treasurer, she was the co-chair of the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues. Brank is a member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.