Welcome to the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), Division 41 of the American Psychological Association. Our organizational mission is to “enhance well-being, justice, and human rights through the science and practice of psychology in legal contexts.” AP-LS is the premiere organization for students and professionals who are interested in issues at the intersection of psychology and law. As an organization, we strive to support our members in their work using psychological science to advance justice in our legal system through many mechanisms.
For example, we directly support research and recognize our members for their contributions to the field through several grants and awards. We also hold an annual conference, participate in the APA annual convention, have an active book series, and are the home for our flagship journal, Law and Human Behavior. We also have an incredibly active, award-winning Student Committee and several resources and opportunities for students and early career professionals.
For a great introduction to our organization, we have a series of short videos that were developed by our Broadening Representative Inclusion, Diversity, and Global Equity, or BRIDGE Committee (formerly our Minority Affairs Committee). Our BRIDGE Committee is also the steward of several awards and grants that align with our organizational commitment to goals centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As you navigate our webpages, I hope you’ll find the many resources available for research, education and teaching, and careers in psychology and law. In addition, to keep abreast of the latest news in psychology and law, check out our monthly newsletter.
AP-LS is a dynamic organization, and we are committed to our vision and mission through our values: continual pursuit of excellence, knowledge and application based on methods of science, outstanding service to our members and to society, values of social justice, diversity, and inclusion, and ethical action in all we do. More information about our goals, mission, and strategic plan can be found on our “About” page.