August 2022


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AP-LS Monthly E-News

Welcome to the August 2022

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. 

APA President-Elect Candidates
Respond to AP-LS Questions

The AP-LS Executive Committee asked each candidate in the race for APA-President-Elect to respond to three questions so that AP-LS members could learn about candidates' views on issues relevant to AP-LS before voting begins on September 15. Responses from each candidate (Cynthia de las Fuentes, Ph.D., Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D., Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D., and Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.) are available below. Because AP-LS does not endorse candidates, we encourage you to read the candidates responses so that you can make an informed decision based on their qualifications and vision for office. More information on the APA election will be provided in the September newsletter.


APA Update

APA's Council of Representatives is scheduled to meet August 2–4 during the APA Convention. Your AP-LS representatives are Margaret Bull Kovera and Jason Cantone. Council is expected to address more than two dozen items including:

  • A resolution on the use of the death penalty for persons aged 18 through 20
  • "The resolution on psychology's role in addressing the impact of and change required with police use of excessive force against people of color and other marginalized communities in the United States"
  • A racial equity action plan
  • Guidelines for equitable and respectful treatment of graduate students in psychology training programs 
  • The creation of graduate student seats on selected APA boards and committees (if passed, this will require an APA membership vote to change the bylaws)
  • Guidelines for psychological practice with women with serious mental illness 
  • The annual designation of the third week of April as "Psychology Week" 

Updates will be provided at the AP-LS Business Meeting during APA Convention and also in the September AP-LS newsletter. 


Psychology, Public Policy, and Law - Fellowship Announcement

I am very pleased to let you know that the journal has secured funds from APA’s P&C Board to fund two editorial fellowships for early-career psychologists (ECPs) from historically excluded groups. This is a momentous and exciting step forward for our program’s efforts to address systemic racism, in line with several recent APA resolutions. Both fellowships will begin on 1 January 2023 and will involve an honoraria stipends of $1,000 USD.  


These fellowships are designed specifically to elevate opportunities for ECPs from historically excluded groups (particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as members from other communities which have been historically excluded from leadership opportunities in research and publishing). 


The fellowships are open to qualified candidates who have completed their education/training and are no more than 10 years postdoctoral, including current members of the journal’s editorial board. Candidates would typically hold a position at the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent, such as a research scientist), although individuals in non-academic positions and suitable qualifications are also eligible. The fellowships will last one year, and fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the year.


Qualified candidates should have experience conducting peer reviews, and expertise in topics of cultural and ethnic diversity is desirable. We also look for evidence of a broad perspective, good judgment, exceptional communication skills, and strong management skills, as well as a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


The fellows will work closely with the journal’s Editor, Michael E. Lamb, or one of the associate editors, Nancy Steblay and Tess Neal, to develop their editorial skills. Each fellow will manage approximately 6 to 12 manuscripts over the course of the year. This process will include screening manuscripts for appropriateness, identifying reviewers, making an editorial decision based on reviews, and shepherding the manuscript through to publication if accepted, all with mentorship from the editor or associate editor. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in monthly meetings with their mentor to ensure goals are met. Most of these meetings will be video teleconferences, although in-person meetings at scientific conferences are also possible. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, Editorial fellows will become members of the journal’s editorial board if they are not already.


Please encourage interested and qualified candidates to send an application to me at before 31 October 2022. They should include a cover letter introducing themselves, their expertise, and an explanation of why they would be appropriate candidates as well as a copy of their CV. Appointments will be made in the fall and the positions will begin at the start of 2023. 

The deadline to submit is October 31, 2022.


The Early Career Professionals Practitioner Grant

The Early Career Professionals Committee (ECP) was established in 2007 to provide a source of support for practitioners, scientists, and educators during a crucial period of professional identity development. It is important to recognize early career professionals as there are often a myriad of novel challenges and concerns that they are required to navigate. Many of these concerns are often introduced after their graduate studies are completed. These challenges may include obtaining licensure, establishing private practices, and seeking continued education credits. The ECP would like to further the mission of AP-LS to increase research, education, and training around diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Are you a professional who identifies as early career (per APA less than ten years since graduating) and currently practicing primarily as a practitioner? You may qualify for the ECP Practitioner Grant.


To apply, send a cover letter that includes:  

  • First and last name
  • Year last degree was obtained
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • A letter of intent (1,500 word maximum) that describes 
    - Your current professional role(s) and connection to the field of psychology and law
    - How you intend to use the grant
    - How receiving the grant will enhance your practice and career growth
    - How receiving the grant will further the practice of psychology and law
    - How receiving the grant will contribute to broader impacts to society and the broader mission of AP-LS to increase efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Updated CV

Email applications to

The deadline to submit is August 15, 2022.


Call for Volunteers

The Early Career Professionals Committee and the Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee are calling for volunteers for an upcoming speaker series.

  • Participate in a less than 10 minute recorded interview
  • Discuss your work and how you incorporate anti-racism
  • $100 honorarium

For more information, please contact


Call for Book Proposals

The American Psychology-Law Society invites proposals for new authored and edited volumes on psychology-law topics for its book series (now published by APA Books). 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.

Career Corner

The Career Corner is intended to highlight the individuals who work at the intersection of law and psychology, where they come from, how they got there, and how their experiences influence their research, teaching, and/or practice. This edition of Career Corner profiles Anthony Perillo, PhD. Dr. Perillo serves as Associate Professor and Clinic Director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This month, he moves into a new role as Associate Professor and Director of the Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program at the University of New Mexico.

On the Job or Postdoc Market? AP-LS Job Postings

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

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