February 2023 - American Psychology-Law Society - Division 41 (2023)

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Welcome to February 2023

Newsletter der American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS).

Our monthly newsletter provides information on activities, upcoming events, and resources to connect the psychology-legal community.

AP-LS strives to be a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing the science of psychological law and the translation of psychological legal knowledge into practice and policy.

February 2023 - American Psychology-Law Society - Division 41 (2)

Legal update:
Jury questions in civil cases:
Opening Pandora's box or the latest tool for judge engagement?

Imagine a witness being questioned on the witness stand. Did you thinkMein Cousin VinnyorLaw and order: SVU? You're probably picturing a dramatic moment when the attorney asks the one question that blows the case wide open. But what if judges could also ask questions?

Although I'm a seasoned federal and state trial attorney with a master's degree in legal and forensic psychology, I experienced this practice firsthand just last summer during a two-week trial in Dallas County. This trial was an opportunity for me to broaden my specialty in jury science, particularly in relation to the practice of juries asking questions - by the judge - during the trial. While jury questioning varies widely by courtroom due to judge's discretion, judges allowing the practice generally ask jury members any open-ended questions they have for a witness at the end of the bar exam and any questions that were not objected to be written down by solicitors then the witness will be asked by the judge. This practice balances the anonymity and neutrality of the jurors while resulting in an overall higher engagement and commitment of the jury.

This article discusses the historical context of the jury hearing, as well as the benefits, concerns, and practical implications for civil matters. In fact, jury questioning doesn't seem to be diminishing. In fact, it's still growing -- judges, attorneys, witnesses, and potential jurors should all be aware of what this looks like going forward.

Call for co-chairs for the AP-LS conference 2024

The AP-LS Conference Advisory Committee (CAC) is looking for two interested professionals to co-chairMarch 2024 Annual Conferencein Los Angeles. We encourage self-nominations in all areas of clinical and research competency. The CAC will select one clinical and one experimental/research representative to co-chair the conference. Individuals and couples are encouraged to apply. While couples preferences will be considered, we cannot guarantee a joint selection and individuals may be selected instead.

Please submit your nomination, including aletter of intent and resumevonFebruary 28, 2023.

Please contact dr. Nick Druhn, CAC Chairman, belowdruhnn@icloud.comby asking.

career corner

The Careers Corner aims to highlight the individuals working 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 issue of Career Corner features Lauren Gonzales, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center. Her research focuses on social determinants of mental health, including recovery and societal integration of individuals with diagnoses of mental illness in civil and criminal justice contexts.

Call for Book Proposals

The American Psychology-Law Society is inviting suggestions for new titles in their book series now being published byAPA books. We publish self-written and edited volumes on current issues at the interface of psychology and law. Books are usually a state-of-the-art synthesis of existing research with implications for practice and/or policy.

Authors and editors should have extensive and recent publishing and/or practice experience in psychology or law, and at least one should have a PhD in psychology or closely related behavioral sciences. If you have a suggestion for a new book in the series, or just want more information, contact a member of the editorial team. We would be happy to tell you more.

The editorial board members are:

● Monica Miller, editor of the Division 41 book series (mkmiller@unr.edu)

● Monique Bowen, Associate Editor of the Division 41 book series (mbowen2@antioch.edu)

● Jemour Maddux, Associate Editor of The Division 41 book series (jm@rule702.com)

Psychology, Public Policy and Law
Call for papers on emerging issues in prison policy, research and practice

Guest editors:

Ashley B. Batastini, Ph.D.

University of Memphis

Jennifer Eno Louden, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at El Paso

Virginia Barber-Rioja, Ph.D.

Correctional Facilities/NYC Health + Hospitals

Correctional institutions and departments are often slow to move in terms of practical developments, policy reform and research engagement. Longstanding problems such as prison overcrowding, limited financial resources, geographic remoteness, low staff recruitment and retention, security constraints, and traditional administrative values ​​that favor punishment over rehabilitation can stifle the implementation of more innovative and progressive efforts. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing calls from advocacy groups, politicians and the general public have put pressure on correctional facilities to find alternative solutions that balance crime control with humane care and sound politics. As prisons and prisons continue to be important providers of mental health, innovations specific to psychological interventions are particularly relevant.

This special section will highlight emerging issues and inventive trends in prison psychology research and practice that may inform policy decisions and reform efforts. Original quantitative and/or qualitative research is strongly encouraged; However, empirically based systematic reviews or policy/practice recommendations are also considered. Manuscripts focusing on all areas of proofreading are welcome, but topics of particular interest include:

  • Technological advances that improve access to and delivery of prison practices or policy enforcement
  • Integrating social justice principles into the assessment and intervention for clients in correctional institutions
  • Mental and behavioral health responses to COVID-19 in correctional facilities
  • Creative Approaches to Addressing and Reducing the Skills Crisis in Prison
  • Validation of novel and practicable suicide and violence risk instruments with correction samples
  • Medication-assisted treatment and other innovative substance use interventions
  • Adapting or developing evidence-based assessments or interventions for underserved and under-researched populations (e.g., people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, women and non-binary people, LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, etc.)
  • Unique methodological or statistical approaches to conducting corrective research or evaluating the effectiveness of new policies

For general inquiries, potential contributors can contact Dr. Turn Ashley Batastini (Ashley.batastini@memphis.edu).

Manuscripts must be submitted via the journal's online submission portal according to the specified formatting guidelines. Once in the portal, there is a drop down option to set your submission for consideration in this specific section. deadline isMarch 15, 2023.

Register for AP-LS 2023

The registration portal for the2023 AP-LS Conference(from March 16 to March 18, 2023) at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott is still open. Workshops will be held prior to the conferenceMarch 15, 2023.

To register for the conference (including pre-conference workshops), book your room, request a satellite event (e.g. evening party) or register for the 5K Fun Run,Please visit the AP-LS website.

Please register via13th February. Please also note that the deadline for reserving a room in the conference hotel (for the group rate) has expired20. February.

All presenting authors recently received additional information and a speaker agreement form via email; Please fill out the speaker form as soon as possible. If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder first and then your emailoffice@ap-ls.org.

In the coming weeks, all authors presenting symposiums will be emailed a link to upload a draft version of their slides, containing at least a title slide and a slide addressing potential conflicts of interest13th February. This requirement is to enable us to offer much-needed CE credits to participating practitioners.

A planning grid listing keynote presentations, presenting authors' last names, and session times and special events has been posted on the conference website. The full program will be published in the coming weeks. Please keep checking thewebsitefor additional conference-related updates.

Any questions regarding conference programming can be sent to conference co-chairs Andrea Avila and Miko M. Wilford atKonferenz@ap-ls.org. All other inquiries (including logistics, hotel, satellite event and registration questions) can be sent to the AP-LS office atoffice@ap-ls.org.

Register for the conference

On the job or postdoc market? AP-LS vacancies

BoxThe job posting page of AP-LSfor up-to-date information on job vacancies in psychology and law.

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