Welcome to the website for the 2012 Annual Conference of the
American Psychology-Law Society!
The 2012 Annual Conference of the American
Psychology-Law Society will be held at the
Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico March
14-17, 2012. The Conference will begin the morning of Thursday, March
15th and will run through Saturday, March 17th, 2011.
Please use the tabs above to access for
information about the 2012 Conference.
Announcements and new information will also be
APLS 2012 Conference Registration is
now available. The early-bird
registration price ended on January 31, 2012.
Current registration costs are $275 for Members,
$210 for Early Career Professionals, $95 for
Students, $400 for Non members, $145 for Student
non members, and $100 for guests (attending
social functions only). To register for the
conference please visit:
Registration will also be available at the
conference, beginning Wednesday, March 14.
For more information about the 2012
Conference, please contact the AP-LS Conference
Co-Chairs, Karen Galin, Jen Woolard, and Diane
A PDF of the final program for the 2012 AP-LS meeting is now available here.
A searchable draft of the conference program
is now available online at the All Academic
For any queries about the conference program,
please contact the conference co-chairs by email
Instructions for Presenters
Setting Up Your Poster
The dimensions of the poster boards are 4' high x 8' wide (1.2 m high x 2.4 m
Friday night and Saturday night poster sessions run from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Posters for these sessions can be hung any time after 4pm, and must be removed
The Saturday afternoon poster session
runs from 12:30pm â€“ 2pm. Posters for this
session can be hung any time after 11am, and
must be removed by 3:30pm.
Although we plan to have some
available, it is a good idea to bring pushpins
for your poster.
Each meeting room will be equipped with a laptop computer with Microsoft
Office 2007, so please ensure that your presentation is created and saved to be
compatible with PowerPoint 2007.
Instructions for Chairs
The role of the session chair is to introduce each speaker/discussant,
enforce the presentation time limit, and moderate questions/discussion in the
Student volunteers will be available in each session to time each presenter.
We ask that all session chairs observe and enforce time limits, to ensure that
sessions (and the presentations within them) are kept to time.
Also, please ensure that you leave some time for questions and discussion â€“
itâ€™s up to you and your speakers to decide whether youâ€™d like to allow questions
after each presentation, or leave all questions until the end of the session.
Please also make every effort to keep papers in your session in the order in
which they appear in the program.
We are pleased to announce our featured plenary speakers.
On Thursday, Susan Brandon and Ray Bull will present in our Opening
Plenary Session, entitled â€œNew applications of psychology-law research:
Investigative interviewing and eyewitness identification in terrorism contexts.â€�
Susan E. Brandon is Chief of Research for the High Value
Detainee Interrogation Group, an interagency group formed by Executive Order
13491 (Ensuring Lawful Interrogations), via a detail to FBI from DoD. At DoD she
served as Chief for Research of the Behavioral Science Research Program, which
focused on evidence-based methods to support intelligence and
counter-intelligence operations, analyses and investigations: Previously, she
was at the MITRE Corporation, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Visiting Scientist at the American
Psychological Association. She spent 15 years in the Department of Psychology at
Yale University, where her primary research interests were the development and
evaluation of real-time, computational models of learning and behavior.
Ray Bull is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the
University of Leicester. His major research topic is investigative
interviewing. In April 2009 Ray received from the 'International Investigative
Interviewing Research Group' the 'Senior Academic Award' for his 'significant
lifetime contribution to the field of investigative interviewing'. In July 2008
Ray received from the European Association of Psychology and Law an â€˜Award for
Life-time Contribution to Psychology and Lawâ€™. In June 2008 he received from
the British Psychological Society the â€˜Award for Distinguished Contributions to
Academic Knowledge in Forensic Psychologyâ€™. In 2005 he received a Commendation
from the London Metropolitan Police for â€œInnovation and professionalism whilst
assisting a complex rape investigationâ€�. He has advised a large number of
police forces in several countries on the interviewing of witnesses and of
suspects, and he has testified as an expert witness in a considerable number of
trials. He has authored and co-authored a large number of papers in quality
research journals and has co-authored and co-edited many books including
Investigative Interviewing: Psychology and Practice (1999 â€“ a second edition is
now being written) and Witness Identification in Criminal Cases (2008). He has
been an invited speaker at a variety of meetings around the world. In
recognition of the quality and extent of his research publications he was in
1995 awarded a higher doctorate (Doctor of Science).
On Friday, Paul Frick will present his Plenary Address: Current
Status of the DSM-V and its Implications for Forensic Psychology.
Paul J. Frick, Ph.D is University Distinguished Professor
and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. Dr.
Frick has published over 160 manuscripts in either edited books or peer-reviewed
publications and he is the author of 6 additional books and test manuals. His
research on aggressive and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents has
been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur
Foundation. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Orebro University
in Orebro, Sweden in recognition of his research contributions in psychology. In
2008, he received the MacArthur Foundation's Champion for Change in Juvenile
Justice Award for the state of Louisiana. From 2009-2011, Dr. Frick was the
President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Dr. Frick is
the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the
official journal of Division 53 of the American Psychological Association which
is the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Frick is also a
member of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-V Workgroup for ADHD and
the Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
On Saturday, Heather Kelly, Nathalie Gilfoyle, and Brian Baird will
speak in the Presidential Plenary Panel, on the translation of psychology and
law research into policy and practice.
Heather Oâ€™Beirne Kelly was an undergraduate psychology major
at Smith College and worked in non-profit development before receiving her
doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 1998. Dr.
Kelly completed her clinical residency at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Washington,
DC. Dr. Kellyâ€™s research background focused on the areas of adolescent social
development, child sexual abuse, and adolescent dating violence, and as a
therapist she worked primarily with children and families. She has worked in
her current position as Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer with the
American Psychological Association in its Science Government Relations Office
since 1998. In this role, Dr. Kelly advocates for behavioral science on Capitol
Hill and in the federal agencies and runs APAâ€™s Executive Branch Science
Fellowship Program. Within her specific advocacy portfolio are the
psychological research programs within the Department of Defense, the National
Science Foundation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Nathalie Gilfoyle is General Counsel to APA and in that
capacity is responsible for filing amicus curiae briefs presenting scientific
research to the courts on public policy matters such as the death penalty, LGBT
rights, the insanity defense, false confessions, and other cases where law and
The Honorable Brian Baird, Ph.D. served for twelve years in
the United States House of Representatives, where he focused on science and
technology, energy, health care - especially mental health, oceans, foreign
policy, fiscal discipline and Congressional integrity. Congressman Baird was
known and respected for taking principled stands, careful study of issues, and
the ability to build bipartisan relationships. In his capacity as Congressman,
Dr. Baird chaired the Research and Education Subcommittee of the House Science
and Technology Committee. In addition to his work in Congress, Dr. Baird holds
a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a license to practice in Washington State,
His clinical experience spans more than two decades and encompasses a wide
variety of settings and patient groups. Dr. Baird previously chaired the
Department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, and has authored three
To register for CE workshops, please visit:
In addition to the material below, you may
view or download
this flyer (in
Word format) that describes the Workshops
The following workshops will be offered at
FULL DAY WORKSHOPS: Workshops A, B, & C
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM / 8 CE’S
WORKSHOP A: FORENSIC APPLICATIONS OF THE MMPI-2-RF
This advanced workshop on forensic applications of the MMPI-2-RF is designed
for psychologists with a basic familiarity with the MMPI-2 and/or the MMPI-2-RF.
Learning Objectives: (1) Describe the Daubert factors in relation to
admissibility of MMPI-2-RF testimony; (2) Explain the Frye test in relation to
admissibility of MMPI-2-RF based testimony; (3) Conduct empirically-supported
assessments of over-reporting with the MMPI-2-RF; (4) Conduct
empirically-supported assessments of psychopathology and personality variables
relevant to forensic assessments with the MMPI-2RF; (5) Use the MMPI-2-RF in
criminal and civil court-related forensic evaluations
PRESENTER: Yossef S. Ben-Porath is a Professor of Psychology at Kent State
University. He is a co-developer of the MMPI-2-RF and co-author of the MMPI-2
and MMPI-A manuals and the monograph that introduced the MMPI-2 Restructured
Clinical (RC) Scales.
WORKSHOP B: DEVELOPMENTS IN RISK ASSESSMENT: AN UPDATE
This workshop is at the intermediate level. The workshop will: (1) Describe conceptual advances in risk assessment,
including the relation between risk assessment, prediction, and management; (2)
Describe actuarial and structured professional judgment approaches to risk
assessment, with relevant research; (3) Describe risk assessment tools
appropriate for designated populations (e.g., civil commitment, NGRI acquittee,
juvenile, domestic, sexual offender, and workplace) and relevant and supporting
research; (4) Describe the scientifically supported, scientifically unsupported,
and controversial or largely untested uses of risk assessment; (5) Describe
approaches to risk communication in report writing and testimony, including
recent empirical research on risk communication.
PRESENTER: Kirk Heilbrun is Professor and Head, Department of Psychology,
WORKSHOP C: PRESENTING EXPERT TESTIMONY IN COURT
This workshop is at the beginning/intermediate level. The Program will be heavily weighted with ethical and legal issues that
impact the provision of expert testimony. It will also provide data and
references as to what may constitute the standard of practice in the forensic
Learning Objectives: (1) Discuss major case law and Rules of Evidence
relevant to expert testimony; (2) List the essential steps in preparing for
court testimony; (3) Describe key techniques important to presenting testimony
from an evidence based practice point of view; (4) Describe key techniques in
managing cross examination; (5) Describe ethical dilemmas commonly encountered
in providing expert testimony.
PRESENTER: Mary Alice Conroy is a Professor and Director of Clinical
Training for Sam Houston State University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
COST: FULL-DAY WORKSHOP (all rates in U.S. Dollars)
Member - $255.00
Non Member - $300.00
Student Member - $110.00
Student Non Member - $135.00
HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS: Workshops D, E, F
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM / 4 CE’S
WORKSHOP D: STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING (SEM)
This workshop is designed to
introduce participants to structural equation modeling (SEM) in psychology.
Participants will be introduced to and be able to describe: SEM programming and
models; (2) Theories and principles underlying SEM, and; (3) Best practices for
reporting SEM results.. Participants will also receive; (4) Hands on experience
with scripts written in AMOS, Mplus and STATA and, if time permits; (5) An
overview of advanced multi-level and mixture modeling options. It is
recommended that participants download Mplus (http://www.statmodel.com/) and/or
AMOS (http://www.spss.com/downloads/) demo versions to their laptops as access
to these programs will not be provided as part of the course. PRESENTER:
Candice Odgers, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and
Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14,
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM / 4 CE’S
WORKSHOP E: WORKING WITH DATA FROM THE PATHWAYS
TO DESISTANCE STUDY
This workshop is at the intermediate/advanced level. This
program will: (1) Describe the Pathways to Desistance (a multisite, longitudinal
study of serious adolescent offenders who are transitioning to adulthood) study
methods and sample (2) Describe the measures used over time, (3) Illustrate
areas of investigation and uses of the Pathways study data. We will provide
specific analytic and data-related advice regarding longitudinal analysis.
Workshop participants are encouraged to come to the workshop with research
questions of interest, (4) Walk through “hands on” exercises with the data as
PRESENTERS: Edward P. Mulvey is a Professor of Psychiatry and
Director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and
Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Carol A. Schubert is
a researcher with the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM /4 CE’S
WORKSHOP F: DISPUTED CONFESSIONS: PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATION AND TESTIMONY
workshop is at the intermediate level. This workshop will: (1) Describe
historical and current societal attitudes toward police interrogation and
confessions, (2) Identify the three legal questions in confession cases for
which psychological testimony is likely to be relevant, (3) Identify and be able
to use a model for conducting forensic psychological evaluations, (4) Identify a
procedure for conducting forensic psychological evaluations relevant to Miranda
issues, and (5) Identify a procedure for conducting forensic psychological
evaluations relevant to voluntary/coerced issues.
PRESENTER: Gregory DeClue is
a forensic psychologist in independent practice in Sarasota, Florida, and a
psychologist for several law-enforcement agencies
COST: HALF-DAY WORKSHOP (all
rates in U.S. Dollars)
Member - $120.00
Non Member - $180.00
Student Member -
Student Non Member - $80.00
Information about San Juan
For some information about San Juan, see:
Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate year round. The average high
temperature in March in San Juan is 83 degrees and average low temperature is 72
Taxis from the airport to the Caribe Hilton cost approximately $20. Taxis to
Old San Juan cost about $12-$15. Taxis only take cash. It’s also a nice walk in
to Old San Juan but not at night or in a thunderstorm.
Things to Do at the Conference Hotel
Consult the Resort Activities guide for daily activities on the beach, in the
Kidz Paradise, and Fitness Center.
The Caribe Hilton San Juan is home to the Olas Spa, with a full menu of
services. Services include manicures and pedicures, a full-service hair salon,
and many day spa packages.
You can enjoy a round of golf on the small 7-hole golf course with SoftTrak
putting greens. Equipment hire is available at the fitness center and is free
for the first hour.
Bicycle rentals are available at the fitness center. This is a great way to
get out and explore the local San Juan area.
Three all-weather tennis courts are available from 6:00am to 10:00pm free of
charge to guests. Reservations can be made at the fitness center. Equipment
rental of rackets and tennis balls (can of three) is available.
The Caribe Hilton hotel’s tropical gardens are populated by a wide array of
birds, most of whom roam freely through specially cultivated gardens.
The underwater lighting along the sea coast attracts an interesting
representation of salt-water fish. An on-site reef has been designated for
snorkeling and provides a colorful view of underwater sea life.
The Health Club is equipped with cardiovascular equipment, treadmills,
elliptical machines, upright bikes, free weights, and the latest in strength
training machines. Daily fitness programs, including water aerobics, yoga,
circuit training, and Pilates are offered.
San Juan Attractions
Old San Juan- Spend some time wandering around the historic city, with an
array of restaurants, bars, plazas, and stores to enjoy.
El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro)- Constructed to defend the San
Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises
140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels
of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.
Castillo de San Cristobal- This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is
the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
Museo del Arte- More than just an art museum, the Museo del Arte hosts
concerts and festivals as well.
Museo del Nino (Children’s Museum)- This highly interactive museum encourages
the inquisitive spirit to question what makes things happen and then to find
Museo de Las Americas (Museum of the Americas)- A folk art museum with
vibrant exhibits for sale.
Bacardi Rum Plant-Take a 45-minute tour of the world’s largest rum
distillery, Bacardi Museum, and be rewarded with a tasty sample at the end of
El Yunque National Forest- The only tropical rainforest in the US Forest
Bio Bays: There are 3 bioluminescent bays in Peurto Rico. La Parguera,
Vieques, and Fijardo.
Rio Camuy Cave National Park: The Camuy cave system is the third largest in
The 2012 Conference will be held at the
Hilton Hotel in San Juan.
The APLS 2012 Hotel Registration Website is
now available. You may reserve a hotel room by
clicking on this link, or a hotel villa by
clicking on this link. Your credit card will be charged for the cost of
one night at the time of booking.
Please note: We are
currently sold out of hotel rooms at the
conference rate for the nights of March 14-17
(but please note that there are still a few
hotel villas available during that time). Please
do keep checking the links above, as
cancellations may result in some rooms becoming
Call for Student Volunteers
If you are interested in being a student
volunteer for the AP-LS 2012 Annual Conference
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, please send an email
to Kathy Gaskey, AP-LS Administrative Assistant
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
Kathy will be developing a volunteer schedule
to cover the registration table/CE workshops
(Wednesday through Friday) and the concurrent
sessions (Thursday through Saturday). This
schedule will be sent to all volunteers for
sign-up after the conference program is
As a thank you for volunteering, student
volunteers will get free registration for the
conference. Kathy Gaskey, AP-LS administrative
will work with you to process your registration
as a student volunteer. All student volunteer
registrations will be processed by Kathy after presenters are notified regarding
acceptance/rejection of proposals.
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 2012 Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto
Rico. We anticipate approximately 800
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 15th - 12:00 PM - 5:00
- Friday, March 16th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Saturday, March 17th - 9:00 AM -
To apply for exhibit space or conference
advertising please contact Kathy Gaskey (email@example.com).
Applications are due January 25, 2012.
For more information, click here to view or
Exhibitor Prospectus in PDF