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American Psychology-Law Society

  1. Caroline B. Crocker,
  2. Margaret Bull Kovera

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0048

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Crocker, C. B. and Kovera, M. B. 2010. American Psychology-Law Society. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. John Jay College City University of New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The American Psychology-Law Society (APLS), which is Division 41 of the American Psychological Association (APA), is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of scholarship, education, public service, and practice in the field of psychology and law. The Society was founded in 1969 by several APA members, including Eric Dreikurs and Jay Ziskin, who had specific interests in psychology and law. Ziskin became the first president of APLS. The goals of the original members included advancing the professional practice of psychology in the legal field, using research to improve the quality of psychological expert testimony to the courts, and developing a community for researchers interested in the application of psychological methods and theory to the legal context (Grisso, 1991; Fulero, 1999). Most of the original members of the Society were trained in clinical psychology and were academicians or clinical practitioners (Grisso, 1991). Early members of the Society were interested in issues such as expert testimony, competency to stand trial, the insanity defense, jury decision making, and eyewitness testimony (Fulero, 1999). APLS established a conference in 1974. These conferences began as biennial meetings and became annual meetings in 2002.