2024 Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society

Los Angeles, California

March 21-23, 2024

Get Ready for APLS 2024!

The 2024 APLS Conference will be held at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, California from March 21-23.

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General Information

If you have any questions or comments about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs at conference@ap-ls.org

Looking forward to seeing everyone in March!

Important Dates

Early bird-registration ends: January 31, 2024 closed

Hotel group-rate ends: February 25, 2024 closed

Explore Los Angeles with colleagues on a 5k Fun Run, sponsored by the AP-LS Student Committee!
Friday, March 22, 2024




COST: $25

Funds raised are used to support student committee conference awards

Students are eligible to receive complimentary conference registration by volunteering to serve as staff during the annual conference.

To apply:

  1. Submit a letter of intent to serve on official letterhead from your program chair, department head, or faculty to office@ap-ls.org that includes the following statement:

    “This letter of intent is made with the full understanding that [insert student name here] will volunteer as staff support for the AP-LS 2024 conference for which the registration scholarship has been awarded. Failure to serve will not only void the scholarship but will jeopardize future requests. Should I attend the conference and fail to serve, payment in full of applicable fees will be rendered to AP-LS upon request.”
  2. Submissions for 2024 are closed. If you are accepted you will receive a discount code for registration. We highly recommend waiting to register until receiving this discount code as refunds can often take some time.

Symposia, Paper, and Data Blitz Sessions

Symposium sessions are 80 minutes long. Allow approximately 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. Divide the remaining time evenly between the presenters and the discussant.

Paper sessions are 60 minutes long. Most sessions have four or five papers; therefore, each presenter should plan to have 10-12 minutes to present. This will allow time at the end for audience questions. A chair will be assigned to paper sessions and will make introductions, help keep time, as well as guide questions at the end of the session.

Data-Blitz sessions are 60 minutes long. Data-blitz presenters have a maximum of 5 minutes each (3-5 slides), followed by approximately 10 minutes of questions from the audience at the end of the session.


All presentation rooms will be set up with a computer, screen, and projector. Bring a flash drive to download the presentation onto the computer, and do not count on the availability of the internet in presentation rooms.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Presenters are scheduled for either Friday or Saturday night and will be given a number to correspond with the board where they should display their posters.

Poster Sizing: The boards for mounting a poster are 4 ft (height) x 8 ft (width). Presenters are free to create any size poster that will fit within that space. Presenters will need to bring push pins to hang their posters; we do not provide push pins.


We encourage poster presenters to use a Better Poster format.

Conference Co-Chairs

Caitlin Cavanagh, Ph.D. 
Samantha Zottola, Ph.D.


If you have any other questions, please contact:


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Program & Schedule

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Opening Plenary

San Francisco, Sacramento & San Jose

A New Frontier: Using Psychology to Strengthen Forensic Science Policy and Practice

12:00PM - 2:00PM

First, help us honor our 2024 award winners. Then, stay for an opening plenary session on Forensic Science. From crime labs to autopsies, improper forensic science is a leading cause of known wrongful convictions—yet it has historically received less research attention than other such causes. That tide is now turning, as researchers are shedding light on the potential for unconscious bias and human error in forensic experts’ decisions and working with community partners to strengthen forensic science policy and practice. In this session, a panel of psychologists, practitioners, attorneys, and policy experts will discuss ongoing progress and future directions in terms of rectifying past injustices and optimizing the human element of forensic science.

Chair: Dr. Jeff Kukucka, Towson University

Dr. Jeff Kukucka graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Loyola College in Maryland. As an undergraduate, he became involved in research on conformity in eyewitness memory with Dr. Kerri Goodwin (Towson University) and research on child forensic interviewing and metacognition with Dr. Maggie Bruck (Johns Hopkins Medical Institute). He then graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Psychology & Law at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he worked primarily under Dr. Saul Kassin (John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

Day 1 (Thursday)

Schedule at a glance

Last Updated: March 1, 2024
Friday, March 22, 2024

Presidential Plenary

San Francisco & Sacramento

Beyond a competency crisis: California innovations addressing serious mental illness in the criminal legal system?

10:45AM - 12:15PM

For at least the past decade, the United States has experienced a grave “competency crisis,” That is, orders for competency evaluation and restoration have been increasing far more than states can provide those restoration services. One consequence of this public mental health crisis are lengthy waitlists of defendants with psychiatric illness, waiting for many months in jails for restoration treatment, as their symptoms grow worse. These conditions have prompted lawsuits and reform efforts in many states, though most states still struggle. Amid this crisis, California is worth watching. Their waitlist reached nearly 2,000 (second largest in the country), but through a variety of innovative practices has decreased by roughly 80%.

This panel features California leaders who pioneered strategic practices to address the competence crisis. Psychiatrist Kate Warburton, director of the Department of State Hospitals, has overseen broad system reform efforts that extend far beyond the state hospitals. Psychiatrist Kristen Ochoa has overseen a one-of-a-kind outpatient restoration program for Los Angeles County. Finally, Judge James Bianco has been an innovator in his own docket, and a national voice in addressing the competency systems.

Chair: Dr. Daniel Murrie, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy

Daniel Murrie is director of psychology at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Murrie’s duties at the ILPPP involve training Virginia clinicians to perform forensic evaluations and supervising the ILPPP’s psychiatric, post-doctoral and practicum trainees. Within the ILPPP’s forensic clinic, Murrie performs criminal and civil forensic psychological evaluations of juveniles and adults. As a researcher, Murrie has published on a number of topics related to forensic assessment, psychopathy, diagnostic labeling and juvenile justice. His current work addresses bias and quality control in forensic evaluations.

Day 2 (Friday)

Schedule at a glance

Last Updated: March 1, 2024
Saturday, March 23, 2024

Closing Plenary

San Francisco, Sacramento & San Jose

The Creation of a Young Adult Court: A New Approach to Justice

10:45AM - 12:15PM

To achieve social justice, courts must find new ways to respond to those who engage in criminal behavior. It is well known that the “felon” label produces a wide variety of collateral consequences (e.g., employment, education, housing, voting) and the effects are even worse for young men of color. In an attempt to change how the justice system responds to felony offenses, Orange County, CA created a Young Adult Court (YAC) for young men between the ages of 18 and 25.

The goal of this program is to reduce recidivism and promote positive life outcomes by (1) providing developmentally appropriate support to participants of the program and (2) permit them the opportunity to have their felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed. To highlight how this court was created, the Presiding Judge of Orange County will describe what it takes to implement a Young Adult Court. The District Attorney and Public Defender will highlight the challenges each of their offices face. Finally, Dr. Cauffman will present preliminary data from the randomized control trial to provide insight into the effectiveness as well as the challenges between those processed in Young Adult Court and those processed through the traditional court system.

Chair: Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh, Michigan State University

Caitlin Cavanagh is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Broadly, her research focuses on the intersections of psychology and the law, and how social contexts shape adolescent behavior. A developmental psychologist by training, she is particularly interested in the dynamic parent-child relationship. Her program of research seeks to produce developmentally sound research that can improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with youth and their families.

Day 3 (Saturday)

Schedule at a glance

Last Updated: March 1, 2024

Hotel Information

The 2024 AP-LS Conference will be held at the The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites

Conference Rates

AP-LS has rooms set aside for all attendees, which can be booked at a special group rate that is available for attendees:

Group Rate $249
Available March 19 - March 24
Discounted Valet Parking ($38/ night)

Attendees must book their room by February 25th, 2024 to take advantage of the special rate!

For attendees flying in to Los Angeles, the LAX FlyAway runs from LAX to the Union Station train station in downtown LA and is $10. The LAX FlyAway runs from LAX every 30 minutes and from Union Station every hour. Union Station is a short Uber or cab ride to the hotel but is a great option for individuals arriving alone as Ubers and cabs directly from the airport can be costly.


Registration is now open!

We encourage you to register before January 31st to take advantage of the early bird pricing!

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*Rates may be subject to change

Status Early Bird
(before Jan 31)
(on Feb 1)
Full Member $285 $315
Early Career Professional Member $205 $235
Student Member $80 $110
Student Member First-Author Presenter $40 $40
Student Non-member $140 $170
Non-member $400 $470

Preconference Workshops

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

At this year’s conference we are excited to offer two full day workshops and four half day workshops on that will take place on Wednesday March 20.

Attendees will have the ability to register for the pre conference workshops with their conference registration.

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*Pricing is subject to change

Full-Day Workshop Rates

Status Early Bird
(before Jan 31)
(on Feb 1)
Member $200 $230
Non-Member $250 $280
Student Member $80 $100
Student Non-member $100 $120

Half-Day Workshop Rates

Status Early Bird
(before Jan 31)
(on Feb 1)
Member $100 $115
Non-Member $125 $140
Student Member $40 $50
Student Non-member $50 $60

Exhibitors & Sponsors

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