July 2021


July 1, 2021

Welcome to the July 2021
American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Newsletter.

Our monthly Newsletter provides information about activities, upcoming events, and resources to connect the psychology-law community.
AP-LS aspires to excel as a valuable, effective, and influential organization advancing the science of psychology-law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy.

CALL FOR ECR SHOWCASE ARTICLES - Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice

The Editorial Board of Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice is inviting Early Career Researchers (undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, newly minted academics) to submit brief research articles (~1000 words) on their work to be included as part of the new ECR Showcase feature in the journal. More details related to this call can be found at: https://iiirg.org/resources/journal/

Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice is Open Access and the official journal of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG) – a worldwide network of interviewing professionals, working tirelessly with national and international bodies committed to improving investigative interviewing and ensuring all improvements are underpinned by a robust evidence base.

The submission deadline for this opportunity is on a rolling basis. To be considered for the upcoming issue, please submit your manuscript by August 31st. Submissions can be made directly through the iIIRG website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Journal Editors: journal.editor@iiirg.org

Kirk Luther, Journal Editor

Christopher Lively, Deputy Journal Editor (Early Career Researcher)

APA UPDATES: ECP Grant and Committee Openings

APA’s Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) invites applicants fora 2021 APA Early Career Convention Grant that will reimburse the2021 APA Convention registration fee ($120).Special consideration will be given to ECPs who have not previously attended an APA convention. Applications are dueJuly 9.More information is availablehere.

The APAAdvocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC)seeks nominations for four new members for 2022-2024 terms. The ACCis responsible for evaluating and recommending to the APA Board of Directors biennialadvocacy prioritieswith respect to the discipline of psychology and the professions of psychologists in scientific, educational, public interest, health service practice and applied practice settings. Nominations are dueAugust 23. Moreinformation is availablehere.

The APA Continuing Education Committee (CEC)seeks nominations for five new members for 2022-2024 terms. CEC is responsible for developing policy and program recommendations for the association's continuing professional education program and for working collaboratively with the APA Office of Continuing Education Sponsor Approval to implement this policy and program recommendations. Nominations are dueAugust 12.Moreinformation is availablehere.

Finally, APA moved the APA Council of Representatives semi-annual meeting from August to October. It is expected to be held in a hybrid format. We will provide more information later this fall. Your AP-LS Representatives are Jason Cantone and Margaret Bull Kovera.


What we’re planning…

APA 2021 will be a three-day, immersive digital experience. There will be:

  • High impact events with incredible speakers addressing today’s most pressing topics and cutting-edge psychological research you won’t find anywhere else, including nearly 150 sessions on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Live Q&A sessions and networking events with presenters and attendees from across the discipline.
  • More than 1,000 on-demand presentations you can view on your schedule from anywhere in the world — for up to three months.
  • Just a few exciting Div. 41 sessions include:
    • An Exploration of Culturally Responsive Approaches to Forensic Assessment
    • Frontiers in Women's Global Justice: Research on Sexual Violence, Memory, and Trauma
    • We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Us: Psychologists Harming the Adjudicative Process
    • Telepsychology in Psychology-Law Practice: Experiences, Recommendations, and What's to Come
    • Giving Psychology Away: COVID-19 Edition

Registration is now open! Visit https://convention.apa.org for more event information and updates.

To help Div. 41 presenters prepare for APA 2021, APA has developed a collection of short videos and easy-to-follow guides to help you create, upload, and promote your session or poster presentation. Currently, the "Presenter Hub" has materials to help you do the following at https://convention.apa.org/presenters:

  • Create an Engaging Presentation
  • Create a "Better Poster"
  • Create an Accessible Presentation
  • Get Ready to Film
  • Promote Your Session or Poster

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your programming co-chairs:

Lauren Kois, Ph.D.


Stephane M. Shepherd, Ph.D.


Alicia Nidjam-Jones, Ph.D.



You may already be aware that in 2016 the United Nations’ ‘Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’ (Law Professor Juan E. Mendez) submitted his report that was then transmitted by the UN Secretary-General to the UN General Assembly. In this report it was stated that

“The Special Rapporteur…advocates the development of a universal protocol identifying a set of standards for non-coercive interviewing methods and procedural safeguards that ought, as a matter of law and policy, to be applied at a minimum to all interviews by law enforcement officials, military and intelligence personnel and other bodies with investigative mandates.”

When mentioning this this “universal protocol” the UN Special Rapporteur noted that

“Encouragingly, some States have moved away from accusatorial, manipulative and confession-driven interviewing models with a view to increasing accurate and reliable information and minimizing the risks of unreliable information and miscarriages of justice” and that “The essence of an alternative information-gathering model was first captured by the PEACE model of interviewing adopted in 1992 in England and Wales…investigative interviewing can provide positive guidance for the protocol…”.

In light of his report a relatively small steering committee was set up to write such a document. Over the last three years our committee produced various comprehensive drafts that were deemed to be far too long (one being at around 140 pages) for worldwide policy makers. Eventually we managed to hit the target of it being under 40 pages.

This finalised version is now publicly available here.


The American Psychology-Law Society invites proposals for new authored and edited volumes on psychology-law topics for its book series (APA Publishers). If you are considering authoring or editing a new volume, please reach out to a member of the editorial team. We would be glad to discuss your ideas with you and provide you with the guidelines for proposals.


Check out AP-LS's Job Postings Page for up-to-date information on available psychology-law positionshere.


Email addresses for all current EC members and Committee Chairs can be found here.


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