The 4th International Congress on Psychology and Law, which included AP-LS, the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law was held in Miami, Florida from March 2nd to 5th, 2011, at the Miami Regency Hyatt. Thank you to everyone who attended this great international event! We were fortunate to have a huge number of submissions from which to build the conference program and have received numrous comments regarding the excellent coneference program content! We enjoyed meeting many new colleagues from all over the world and catching up with old colleagues. Although the wind gusts were too strong the evening of the welcome cruise (and the safety risk of not having the drawbridge open to let us back in) a great time was had by all on the luxury yacht and we hope that our international guests were able to find time to explore all that Miami has to offer. We trust that everyone made it home safely and will keep our Japanese colleagues in our thoughts as their country struggles through this time of incredible trajedy.
Here is a breakdown of the countries represented at this International Congress (Country, # of Registrants): Australia, 9; Belgium, 8; Canada, 95; England, 4; Germany, 8; India, 1; Israel, 2; Italy, 1; Japan, 6; Korea, 4; Netherlands, 10; New Zealand, 3; Nigeria, 1; Norway, 4; Portugal, 4; Scotland, 2; Spain, 3; Sweden, 16; Switzerland, 1; Taiwan, 1; UK, 36; USA, 780.
Thank you again for joining us in Miami and we hope to see you all again soon!
Margaret Bull Kovera & Patty Zapf
Miami, Florida is a popular year-round destination with a host of wonderful attractions. Whether you like to sit on a beach and enjoy the sunshine, play golf, go shopping, spend a relaxing day at the spa, tour the everglades, or check out the nightlife, arts, or culture, Miami has something for everyone.
Things to Do
There are a number of things to see and do while in and around Miami. Some of the activities that visitors to Miami often enjoy include:
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Located on Biscayne Bay, this National Historic Landmark was the winter residence of industrialist James Deering, The main house, designed to resemble an Italian Renaissance estate, is now a museum and features 10 acres of formal gardens. The museum is open every day from 9:30-4:30PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Located 2.5 miles from the hotel (about a 5-10 minute cab ride).
Everglades National Park: March is a great time of year to visit Everglades National Park. The third largest National Park is located about an hours drive (depending on which entrance you use) from downtown Miami and offers opportunities for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Two-hour guided tram rides through the “River of Grass” depart from the Shark Valley Visitor Center (about 47 minutes, 38 miles from downtown). You can also rent bikes at the visitor center if you would rather travel the 15-mile loop through the Everglades under your own steam. Reservations for the tram tours are recommended during this time of the year.
Boat tours and canoe rentals are available at the Gulf Coast entrance. The Flamingo visitor center also offers boat tours and canoe and kayak rentals. This center is located 38 miles inside the park and is accessible from the Ernest Coe Visitor Center/entrance.
Miami Seaquarium: Watch trained dolphins and sea lions perform their tricks at the Miami Seaquarium. Better yet, swim with the dolphins or be a trainer for a day! Located just 10 minutes (about 4.7 miles) from the hotel, the Seaquarium is open every day from 9:30AM – 6PM.
Jungle Island: The top family attraction in Miami, Jungle Island offers shows with trained birds and over landscapes with over 2000 varieties of tropical plants. The real attraction is the 1000 tropical birds flying free on the island. Just 7 minutes, 2.9 miles from the hotel.
Dining Out and Nightlife
There are a wide variety of restaurants in Miami. Many restaurants feature fresh local seafood, fushion dishes, and Cuban, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, and East Indian cuisine. There are a number of restaurants close by the conference hotel. In addition, South Beach also has great restaurants and bars.
The following full-day and half-day workshops are being offered on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. Please register for these at the time that you register for the conference.
Full-Day Workshops(8:00 am - 5:00 pm) 7 CE Credits
Workshop A: Assessment, Treatment, & Risk Management of Sexual Offenders
Presenter: Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP
This workshop is designed for students and working professionals interested in issues related to sexual offending and contemporary Western society. Workshop topics will be generally at an intermediate level, but the curriculum will appeal to both new and seasoned professionals.
Learning Objectives: (1) Identify how sexual offending has affected contemporary Western societies; (2) List some of the key characteristics of victim and offender populations; (3) Outline some of the difficulties inherent in assessing sexual offenders; (4) List and explain the principles of effective correctional interventions; (5) Critically appraise the efficacy of sexual offender risk management protocols.
Workshop B: Assessing High Risk Youth: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges
Presenter: Lorraine Johnstone, D.Clinical Psychology
This workshop, derived from diverse literatures including delinquency research (e.g. the Cambridge, Dunedin and Pittsburgh Youth Studies), developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology, violence risk assessment, forensic research, and mental health research, will promote reflective practice and encourage a critical analysis of the literature for the purposes of identifying how progress might be achieved in assessing violence risk in youth.
Learning Objectives: (1) Discuss complex case presentations that typically characterize children and young people who perpetrate violence; (2) Summarize the main protocols for assessing risk of violence and sexually harmful behavior; (3) List conceptual and developmental challenges associated with this practice; (4) Explain methodological limitations that characterize the literature and assessment approaches; (5) Describe how to produce defensible decisions that are appropriately developmentally and methodologically informed.
Workshop C: Treating offenders with mental illness: Toward an evidenced-based intervention
Presenters: Robert Morgan, Ph.D., Daryl Kroner, Ph.D.
The workshop reviews the empirical literature regarding: (a) prevalence of mental illness in criminal justice settings; (b) presenting mental health needs; (c) service utilization; and (d) impact of incarceration on offenders with mental illness (OMI). This workshop will then review the empirical literature regarding what works when intervening with offenders as well as persons with mental illness. The remainder of this workshop will focus specifically on mental health interventions developed for OMI, with emphasis on empirically supported interventions. We will conclude this workshop by presenting a treatment model and assessment plan for intervening with OMI.
Learning Objectives: (1) Recognize prevalence of mental illness among offenders in the criminal justice system; (2) Identify effective correctional interventions for offenders; (3) Identify effective mental health interventions for persons with mental illness; (4) Identify a theoretical model to guide clinical interventions with OMI; (5) Identify the role and mechanism of assessment in the treatment process of OMI.
Workshop D: Introducing the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality (CAPP)
Presenters: David Cooke, Ph.D., Stephen Hart, Ph.D.
The CAPP provides a dynamic and comprehensive assessment of the symptoms of psychopathic personality disorder (PPD), which can be used to assess the severity of symptoms over time. The CAPP covers the full domain of PPD symptomatology, and this is potentially useful in correctional, forensic, civil, community, and family settings.
Learning Objectives: (1) Explain the need for a clinically based comprehensive model of psychopathy; (2) Examine the process used to develop this model; (3) Describe the model in detail; ( 4) Demonstrate the approach used to evaluate a case in terms of the model; (5) Discuss the importance of this model of psychopathy in individual case formulation.
Half-Day Workshops(E: 8:00 am – 12:00pm / F: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) 3.5 CE Credits
Workshop E: The Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments
Presenters: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Heather Zelle, Ph.D., Alan Goldstein, Ph.D.
The content of this workshop involves a description of the revisions to the Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of Miranda Rights (Grisso, 1998) when creating the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments (MRCI; Goldstein, Zelle, & Grisso, 2011). The original Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of Miranda Rights have been widely recognized as the recommended instruments for assessing capacities of defendants to have waived their rights during custodial interrogation proceedings Nonetheless, the instruments required updating this workshop will review the development process of and key changes in the creation of the revised instruments. It also will review research with the MRCI that is relevant to the use of the instruments in forensic practice.
Learning Objectives: (1) Recognize changes from Grisso’s original Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of Miranda Rights; (2) Identify key similarities and differences in administration and scoring procedures between the original and revised instruments; (3) Describe the process of interpreting examinees’ responses and scores for presentation in forensic evaluation reports; (4) Summarize the instruments’ development process and psychometric properties to aid in admissibility hearings; (5) Address key questions about the instruments during court testimony.
Workshop F: Causal Inference Using Propensity Scores
Presenter: Thomas Loughran, Ph.D
Researchers are often interested in assessing effects from events which cannot be experimentally manipulated (e.g., arrest or institutional placement) but are handicapped by selection biases. This workshop introduces propensity scores, a powerful method to derive causal effects from observational data.
Learning Objectives: (1) Explain the logic of propensity score matching; (2) Estimate treatment effects from non-experimental data; (3) Easily estimate these models using Stata; (4) Explain the methodology and results to nontechnical audiences; (5) Discuss the limitations of propensity scores.
For more information, please contact Karen Galin, Pre-Conference Workshop Chair
The print program is available here for review.
Online Version of Conference Program
A searchable draft of the conference program is now available online at the All Academic website. Any errors with respect to spelling, titles, or authors should be reported to the conference co-chairs as soon as possible to avoid errors in the printed conference program. Check it out.
Setting Up Your Poster
The dimensions of the poster boards are 4' high x 8' wide (1.2 m high x 2.4 m wide). Posters for the Daytime poster sessions can be hung during the morning coffee break and must be taken down by the afternoon coffee break. Posters for the Evening poster sessions can be hung during the afternoon coffee break. Although we plan to have some available, it is a good idea to bring pushpins for your poster.
Paper/Symposium Presentations Information
Each meeting room will be equipped with a laptop computer with PowerPoint version 2007 (which will be able to read all previous versions of PPT) so please ensure that your presentation is saved as 2007 or lower (PPT extension, NOT a PPTX extension).
Continuing Education Credit for Conference Sessions
We are pleased to partner with Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training (CONCEPT) again this year to provide Continuing Education (CE) Credits for psychologists for some of the conference sessions. For more information on within-conference CE Sessions, please see the AP-LS tab of the CONCEPT website.
Invited Speakers and Plenary Sessions
We are pleased to announce that Bryan Stevenson will give the opening keynote address for the conference. Bryan Stevenson is a graduate of Harvard, with both a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from the School of Law and is a member of the clinical faculty at New York University School of Law. Mr. Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the deep south since 1985 when he was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1989, he has been Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States. EJI litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged, poor people denied effective representation and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. Mr. Stevenson was one of the attorneys who successfully argued before the Supreme Court in Graham v. Florida that sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders were unconstitutional. The title of his opening keynote address is Reevaluating juvenile culpability and evolving standards of decency.
Other featured Plenary Sessions inlcude:World Jury Systems
Japanese quasi-jury system: Who wants it? - Kaoru Kurosawa, Toyo University; German mixed tribunals – Stefan Machura, Bangor University; Research, practice and jury reform in Australia and New Zealand – Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Charles Sturt University; Trial by jury in Korea – Kwangbai Park, Chungbuk National University; The Canadian criminal jury: Issues of partiality – Regina Schuller, York University
APLS Presidential Plenary - Patricia Griffin
Inhuman Cargo: The Hidden Crisis of Modern Day Slavery in America and the World; Michele Gillen, Chief Investigative Reporter at WFOR-TV in MiamiEAPL Presidential Plenary - David Cooke
What works in offender rehabilitation? Towards a third generation of research and practice - Friedrich Lösel, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; Against the tide; the struggle for change: Psychopathy, risk and a small fish - Gill Attrill, National Offender Management ServiceANZAPPL Presidential Plenary - Jane Goodman-Delahunty
A hypothetical: Sexual harassment in Sydney--what price? Anna Baldry, Second University of Naples; William Foote, University of New Mexico; Mandeep Dhami, University of Cambridge; Joel Dvoskin, University of Arizona; Patrick Kokenge, US Equal Opportunity CommissionSaleem Shah Early Career Award
Extending clinical forensic assessment to adolescent offenders: Emerging knowledge on juvenile violence risk and competence assessment – Jodi L. Viljoen, Simon Fraser University
APLS Distinguished Contributions Award
Psychopathy and impulsivity reconsidered – Norman Poythress, University of South Florida
AAFP Distinguished Contributions Award
Psychopathy and sex offenders through the years – Robert Meyer, University of Louisville
The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Miami. The Hyatt Regency Miami is located in downtown Miami on the river. It is an easy walk from Bayfront Park, and is a close taxi ride to South Beach and other area attractions. In addition, a free people-mover will take you to the shops and restaurants at Mary Brickell Village.
The conference hotel also has an Enterprise Car Rental Office on-site.
To reserve a room at the Conference Hotel and receive the special conference rate, please book online here.
Miami International Airport
The Miami International Airport is located approximately 8 mi/13 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 Miami is approximately $20-25.
- Super Shuttle Service - This service runs 24 hours and costs $18 per person. Guests should go to the Super Shuttle station located at the Van / Limo booth directly outside of the lower level baggage claim area near curbside pick-up. Blue vans with yellow lettering say Super Shuttle.
Ft. Lauderdale Airport
The Ft. Lauderdale Airport is located approximately 20 mi/32 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 Miami is approximately $50-60.
- Super Shuttle Service - This service is only available from the hotel to the airport and costs $32 per person.
Dollar Conversion Rates
The conference co-chairs are Margaret Bull Kovera and Patricia Zapf. Administrative and managerial support is provided by Kathy Gaskey.
Please direct your questions to the following individuals:
- Conference Submissions - Margaret Bull Kovera (email@example.com)
- Conference Submission Website - Patricia Zapf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Workshops and Continuing Education Credits - Karen Galin (email@example.com)
- Opening and Plenary Sessions - Margaret Bull Kovera (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hotel - Patricia Zapf (email@example.com) and Kathy Gaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- AP-LS Conference Website - Patricia Zapf (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 2011 Annual Conference/4th International Congress on Psychology and Law in Miami, Florida. We anticipate approximately 1,200 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 3rd - 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Friday, March 4th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Saturday, March 5th - 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, 2011. More information...
If you are interested in being a student volunteer for the AP-LS 2011 Annual Conference/4th International Congress on Psychology and Law, 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 may be able to waive the registration costs for one of the 1/2 day pre-conference workshops or offer half price registration for a full day pre-conference workshop (space permitting). More information...