Welcome to the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), Div. 41 of the American Psychological Association. Our mission “is to enhance well-being, justice, and human rights through the science and practice of psychology in legal contexts.” We fulfill this mission through a variety of means (list of 23 specific strategies), including research, education and teaching, and our annual conference.
Check out our Research Topics and Lab page where you can link to resources on a ton of psycho-legal issues. You can also link to our division’s journal, Law and Human Behavior, which publishes the latest and greatest psychology and law research. If you delve into the journal, you can find AP-LS’s two scientific review consensus papers there, including the 2020 best practices in eyewitness evidence collection and preservation, and another on police interrogations and confessions. In addition to our journal, we publish a monthly e-newsletter you won’t want to miss, as well as a sponsored book series.
Education and Teaching
Let AP-LS be your go-to resource for teaching psychology and law (check out our growing syllabus collection) and information on graduate training in psychology and law (including guides on how to find forensic pre- and postdoctoral internships). Also listed on this page are links to the many division’s awards and grants/funding opportunities.
The annual AP-LS conference is an event you do not want to miss. We offer several pre-conference workshops for CE credit, as well as three plenary sessions, two poster sessions, a happening social hour, and too many other events to mention. Although we won’t be able to meet in-person in March 2021, you can check out our previous conference programs on this page.
But, wait, there’s more. AP-LS has a strong commitment to students and early career professionals (ECPs). Our student section is extremely vibrant and a terrific way for students from middle and high school to undergrad to grad to get involved and learn about psychology and the law. We also have a dedicated committee for ECPs, which coordinates special sessions and a social hour at our conference, the ECP grants-in-aid program, and much more.
Justice for All
Finally, soon after the tragic death of George Floyd, AP-LS issued a statement. The last sentence was: “We stand together with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other oppressed groups and recommit to working together to ensure justice for all.” This is a statement worth reiterating.
Ready to join? I hope so! And I hope to meet you soon and get the chance to welcome you to our division!
Allison Redlich, PhD