AP-LS Vision Statement
The American Psychology-Law Society 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, serving as:
A uniting force for psychology-law
science and practice;
The major catalyst for the stimulation, growth and
dissemination of psychology-law science and practice;
resource for all psychology-law scholars and practitioners and for
members of other disciplines with interests in psychology-law science
The premier innovator in the education, development, and
training of psychology-law scientists, practitioners and educators;
leading advocate for psychology-law knowledge and practice informing
practitioners, policy makers and the public to use psychology-law
knowledge in the pursuit of justice for all citizens;
A principal leader
and global partner promoting psychology-law knowledge and methods to
improve justice in diverse, multicultural and international contexts;
An effective champion of
the application of psychology-law to promote human rights, dignity,
AP-LS Mission Statement
The mission of the American Psychology-Law Society is to enhance
well-being, justice, and human rights through the science and
practice of psychology in legal contexts.
AP-LS Core Values
The American Psychology-Law Society commits to its vision
through a mission based upon the following values:
Continual Pursuit of Excellence
Knowledge and Application Based on Methods of Science
Outstanding Service to Its Members and to Society
Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ethical Action in All That We Do
AP-LS Strategies for Fulfilling Mission
Encourage interdisciplinary research on
important social problems, promote cross-disciplinary and
interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, and encourage
interdisciplinary research across different societies, divisions,
Promote and advocate for federal research
funding for Psychology-Law issues.
Disseminate important findings and promote
evidence-based approaches to practice and policy.
Provide research mentoring for junior
colleagues and students.
Encourage diversity and inclusion in
Support international engagement in
Promote the ethical conduct of
Develop reporting standards for empirical
research and encourage the sharing of research data and meta-data.
Continually assess the need for new psychology-law publications.
Develop a section of the website that offers
resources for clinicians such as practice documents or links, to
Develop a web page that directs members-with
explanations-to a collection of free sites for looking up cases,
statutes, and regulations.
Develop focused forensic psychological
Develop an online forum for brief, lightly
edited practice-oriented articles in an “open journal” format.
Disseminate information about cases relevant
to forensic psychology practice.
Develop a forensic mentoring service.
Publish a listing that identifies members by
a limited number of specialty practice areas, made accessible to
Continue to maintain a strong focus on
professional growth and development for students and early career
Continue to develop and distribute materials
that help support and advance innovative teaching and pedagogy.
Continue to recognize teaching and mentoring
excellence in psychology and law.
Continue to help further the careers of
junior- and senior-level professionals in the field of psychology
Continue to provide continuing professional
education in psychology-law for psychologists and explore avenues
for providing continuing education for attorneys.
Continue and bolster efforts to attract new
members, improve our efforts at member retention, and diversity
membership with particular attention to under-represented groups and
Continue efforts to serve our current
membership through programming, services, and other efforts directed
toward underrepresented groups, students, early career
professionals, practitioners, attorneys, and researchers.
Continually reviews governance operations
with the goal of improving effectiveness and efficiency.