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Welcome to the May 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.


Updates regarding the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association to be held in person on the 4th-7th August in Minneapolis. Registration for this event will open on April 26th on the APA convention website:


Any member of APAGS (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) who is presenting as first author within a symposium or poster session will have his/her registration fee waived if registration occurs before July 1.


APA have informed us that they will have the program finalized by the end of April.

Please email your APA co-chairs if you have any questions


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APA Psychology in the Public Interest Awards

The APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest seeks nominees for two awards. Applications are due June 1, 2022.


The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest recognizes people who have advanced psychology as a science and/or profession by a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions in the public interest.

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy honors a psychologist who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work. For more details, click here.  


Update Regarding Continuing Education Credits

Given we were unable to offer continuing education credits at the AP-LS conference this year, we wanted to provide an update for applied members that benefit from receiving CEs. We have been in contact with APA and received guidance about their longstanding standards required to provide CEs. We plan to use this information—and their offers of ongoing consultation—as we try to build the organizational infrastructure to be able to provide CEs at future conferences. In this vein, we have begun collaborating with SBI, the new Association Management Company of AP-LS. We hope to have this framework implemented by the time the call for proposals goes out this fall. We appreciate everyone who shared their thoughts about this matter. Stay tuned for future updates as we work hard on this important issue!


Research Briefs

Take a look at the latest research briefs for short summaries of the latest articles relevant to psychology-law.


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 seven 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 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

Deadline: August 15. Email


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 <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 Sarah L. Desmarais, PhD, Senior Vice President and incoming President at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). Dr. Desmarais’ work focuses on issues related to public health, community safety, and social justice and encompasses research, evaluation, and consultation. She has also held professorships at North Carolina State University and the University of South Florida.

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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