The 2010 American Psychology-Law Society Conference will be held March 18-20, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, and is approximately 2 hours north of Seattle (120 miles/190 km). The city is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the mountains.
Please remember that PASSPORTS are now needed for travel from the United States to Canada.
We look forward to seeing you in 2010 in Vancouver!
Matt Scullin, Sam Sommers, and Jodi Viljoen
AP-LS 2010 Conference Co-Chairs
Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada. It is very close to Seattle and has a similar climate. The city is a popular tourist destination and is the host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (February 12-28, 2010) and Paralympic Winter Games (March 12-21, 2010). Map of downtown Vancouver...
Olympic and Paralympic Events
A number of Olympic/Paralympic events will still be running at the time of the conference. Many of these events are a very close distance from the conference hotel and many events are free:
- Go on a free zipline trek above the downtown core (for the brave!) (10 minute walk from conference hotel)
- Attend a paralympic game, such as skiing, biathalon, ice sledge hockey, or curling (tickets still available for some events)
- View the Olympic Cauldron at Coal Harbour
- Skate at the free outdoor rink at Robson Square (15 minute walk from hotel)
- Visit free pavilions, including BC Pavilion located at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada’s Northern House, and Canada Pavilion (15-30 minute walks from hotel)
- Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for free, including the da Vinci exhibit (15 minute walk from hotel)
- Watch LiveCity events and performances, such as bigscreen viewing of paralympic events (15-30 minute walk from hotel)
Things to Do
Some of the activities that visitors to Vancouver often enjoy include:
- Running, walking, cycling, or hiking through Stanley Park (5 minute walk from conference hotel)
- Shopping on Robson Street (5 minute walk from conference hotel), or in Yaletown or Gastown (20-30 minute walk from hotel)
- Strolling Denman Street and English Bay (10 minute walk from hotel)
- Visiting Granville Island
- Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium (approximately 20 minute walk from hotel)
- Skiing at Whistler/Blackcomb
- Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge or taking the gondola up Grouse Mountain
Vancouver has a much milder climate than the rest of Canada. In March, it is early spring in Vancouver and the weather is still cool. The average temperature in March is 50F/ 10C (average daily high). Rainfall is fairly frequent. More information...
Dining Out and Nightlife
There are a wide variety of restaurants in Vancouver. Many restaurants feature fresh local seafood, fushion dishes, and Japanese, Thai, Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, and East Indian cuisine. There are a number of restaurants close by the conference hotel. Also, there are lots of pubs, Martini bars, sports bars, and nightclubs in downtown Vancouver. More information...
We are pleased to announce our pre-conference workshops. These workshops are jointly offered by AP-LS and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).
Our pre-conference workshops, which are jointly offered by AP-LS and AAFP, will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 and include:
- Forensic and Correctional Applications of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) (full-day workshop) - Presenter: Dr. John Edens
- Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) (full-day workshop) - Presenters: Drs. Tonia Nicholls, Johann Brink, and Sarah Demarais
- Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) (half-day workshop - am) - Presenter: Dr. Candice Odgers
- Meta-Analysis in Psychology and Law Research (half-day workshop - pm) - Presenter: Dr. Siegfried Sporer
You can register for workshops at the Registration Website. If you prefer to register by mail, please click here for the registration form. If you have questions about workshop registration, please contact Kathy Gaskey (email@example.com).
Continuing Education Credit for Pre-Conference Workshops
Continuing education credit for the workshops will be provided by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). AAFP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAFP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants receive certificates documenting either three or seven hours of continuing education for each workshop attended in its entirety.
Online Version of Conference Program
The online version of the conference program is now available for review on the all-academic website. From the menu banner on the left-hand side of the webpage you can "browse the program". This function will allow you to view all scheduled events for each day of the conference. From the daily schedule click on a session title in order to access paper titles, presenters and abstracts for that session. The "search the program" function will allow you to search the entire conference program by your first and last name. This function will allow you to quickly identify your individual presentation time slots. Copy of conference program (DRAFT)...
Invited Speakers and Plenary Sessions
We are pleased to announce the following invited addresses:
- Detecting Deception (Opening Plenary Session) - Invited Speakers: Drs. Vrij, Rosenfeld, Ganis, and Moriarty
- Terrorism and Extremist Violence (Friday Plenary Session) - Invited Speakers: Drs. Silke, Hart, and Wessells
- Grounding Legal Policy in Human Experience: The Role of Research (Presidential Address) - Invited Speaker: Dr. Ed Mulvey
- Doing the Thing You Think You Cannot Do (organized by Professional Development of Women Committee) - Invited Speaker: Dr. Suzanna Rose
- Changing the Treatment Paradigm for Women Offenders: Gender-Responsive Alternatives to the Male Model of Correctional Treatment (organized by Corrections Committee) - Invited Speaker: Dr. Patricia Van Voorhis
Continuing Education Credit for Conference Sessions
We are pleased to be able to offer within-conference Continuing Education (CE) Credit for some of the sessions at this year's conference through CONCEPT (Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training). For more information about earning CE credit for attending conference sessions, please see the CONCEPT website. Information regarding sessions and learning objectives have been posted on the CONCEPT website.
Online registration will close on March 12 at 5 pm. If attendees do not register by that time, they will be able to register at the conference on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. All symposia, paper, and poster presenters must be registered for the conference in order to present.
Setting Up Your Poster
There are poster sessions on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30. Posters should be set up in the hour prior to the start of the session (i.e., from 5:30-6:30). Each poster board is 4' x 8' (landscape), and is equipped with a quantity of either velcro or push pins for attaching the poster.
Student Section Fundraiser - 2010 AP-LS Conference Travel Mugs
The student section of AP-LS is selling stainless steel travel mugs with "AP-LS Vancouver 2010" and AP-LS Logo. Pre-order yours today for only $10! Just fill out the order form and submit your payments to: Kathy Gaskey - Administrative Assistant, Division 41 of APA, American Psychology- Law Society, PO Box 11488, Southport, NC 28461-3936. Order form...
Pre-order cost: $10; cost at conference: $13. Pre-orders will be accepted until February 7, 2010.
The conference hotel is the Westin Bayshore, the official hotel of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Westin Bayshore is centrally located in downtown Vancouver. It is located next to Stanley Park in the Coal Harbour area, and is a close walk to several major shopping and restaurant districts.
The Westin Bayshore hotel is now sold out for March 18 & 19. If you would like to place your name on a waitlist in case rooms become available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are also more than welcome to look into arrangements at other local hotels:
Americans travelling to Canada are now REQUIRED TO CARRY A PASSPORT. Visitors from other countries also require a passport. Passports typically take 4-6 weeks to process so be sure to plan in advance. Link to U.S. passport information...
Vancouver International Airport
The Vancouver International Airport is located approximately 12 mi/19 km from the conference hotel. You can travel from the airport to the hotel by:
- Taxi - On average, the standard fare from the airport to downtown Vancouver is approximately $30-35.
- Public transportation - A skytrain connects the airport and the downtown region. Link to public transportation...
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Some visitors may choose to fly to Seattle rather than Vancouver in order to save money, as domestic flights are sometimes less expensive. From the Sea-Tac Airport, you can:
- Take a bus - Quick Coach offers a bus service from the Sea-Tac Airport directly to the conference hotel in Vancouver. The bus runs approximately 7 times daily and takes approximately 5 hours. You should reserve in advance.
- Rent a car - The drive from Seattle to Vancouver takes approximately 3-4 hours depending on the line-ups at the border. When catching a return flight, it would be advisable to give yourself some extra time, as there can be long waits at the border.
Dollar Conversion Rates
During 2009, the American dollar has typically flutuated between approximately $1.11 - 1.35 per Canadian dollar. Current conversion rates...
The conference co-chairs are Matt Scullin, Sam Sommers, and Jodi Viljoen. Administrative and managerial support is provided by Kathy Gaskey.
Please direct your questions to the following individuals:
- Conference Submissions - Matt Scullin (email@example.com)
- Conference Submission Website - Matt Scullin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Workshops and Continuing Education Credits - Sam Sommers (email@example.com)
- Opening and Plenary Sessions - Sam Sommers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hotel - Jodi Viljoen (email@example.com) and Kathy Gaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- AP-LS Conference Website - Jodi Viljoen (email@example.com)
- Conference Registration - Kathy Gaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Student Volunteers - Kathy Gaskey (email@example.com)
Exhibitors & Volunteers
Exhibitors and Promotional Opportunities
We invite you to participate in the book exhibit, advertising in the program or conference bags, or sponsoring an event at the AP-LS 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada. We anticipate approximately 1,000 participants, both domestic and international. The exhibitor tables will be set up in the main foyer of the conference centre. Exhibitor hours are:
- Thursday, March 18th - 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Friday, March 19th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Saturday, March 20th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
To apply for exhibit space or conference advertising please contact Kathy Gaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications are due January 15, 2010. More information...
If you are interested in being a student volunteer for the AP-LS 2010 Annual Conference, please contact Kathy Gaskey (email@example.com). Similar to past conferences, volunteers will be providing assistance with the conference registration area and/or monitoring concurrent sessions throughout the conference. We are asking for a commitment of 6-8 hours of volunteer time. As a thank you for volunteering, student volunteers will get free registration for the conference. If you are already receiving free registration as a student first author, we will waive the registration costs for one of the 1/2 day pre-conference workshops and offer half price registration ($45.00) for a full day pre-conference workshop. More information...