Conference Presentation Strategies to Impress
February 11, 2020
AP-LS Student Committee secretary, Stephanie Cardenas, provides tips and tricks to improve your presentation in preparation for the upcoming Annual Conference and Outstanding Student Presentation submissions.
Clinical Forensic Postdoctoral Fellowships: An AP-LS Student Committee Webinar
(Moderated by Haley Potts, Clinical Liaison)
Recorded November 28, 2018
Are you interested in gaining postdoctoral training at a clinical forensic fellowship? Application deadlines for the 2019-2020 fellowship year are just around the corner. Join us for a discussion between two forensic clinical postdoc training directors as well a a current fellow. We will be discussing all things forensic postdocs, including the benefits, any drawbacks, the application process, what training directors are looking for, and what it's like to land one!
In the meantime, check out the AP-LS Student Committee database of forensic clinical postdocs.
Mentorship in Academia Webinar
(Moderated by Victoria Pietruska, Chair-Elect)
Recorded November 14, 2018
Graduate school application deadlines are rapidly approaching, and mentorship is a crucial component of the graduate school experience. To help guide student members in thinking about this component, the Student Committee is hosting a mentorship webinar featuring Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D. and Kento Yashuhara, Ph.D. Dr. Heilbrun is a Professor of Psychology at Drexel University in the Department of Psychology. He mentors students in the JD/PhD, Clinical Psychology PhD, and master's programs. Dr. Yasuhara is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Haven where he advises undergraduate students and was mentored by Dr. Heilbrun during his time at Drexel University. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Drs. Heilbrun and Yasuhara questions about mentorship. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about how to get the most out of your mentorship and think about what to consider at various stages in your career.
Applied Cultural Competency in CST Evaluations: Two Case Studies of the Jinni
(Moderated by Keisha April, Secretary)
Recorded June 28, 2018
Dr. Bergkamp will present an overview of pragmatic ways to apply cultural competency to Competency to Stand Trial evaluations, through the presentation of two case studies that utilized a modified Cultural Formulation Interview of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). Each case study delineates how identified cultural factors impact the threshold issue of mental disease or defect and the two-prongs of the Dusky standard. While the two case studies examined share common cultural variables and demographics, the application of these variables to the standards resulted in differing opinions of competency. Dr. Bergkamp will discuss the relevance of these considerations for forensic practice and provide insight for students hoping to develop their clinical skills.
The Role of Psychology in Asylum Evaluations
(Moderated by Amanda Rosinski, Clinical Liaison)
Recorded on May 21, 2018
In recent years the global refugee population has reached record-breaking numbers (UNHCR, 2016). In 2016, over 2 million of these individuals were asylum seekers and applied for sanctuary after arriving in a foreign country. The United States will grant asylum to individuals who successfully meet the required legal criteria and demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution. Mental health professionals can play an important role in this legal process. This webinar will review the legal context for asylum evaluations and the role psychologists can play in the process. We will review how to acquire relevant training in graduate school, and how to connect with relevant organizations after licensure.
The webinar will be moderated by Amanda Rosinski, our Clinical Liaison, and led by Rebecca Weiss, PhD. Dr. Weiss is an Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Before joining the faculty at John Jay, she completed her clinical training at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. Her research interests include the effect of group membership (e.g., culture, intellectual disabilities) on validity in forensic psychological assessment. Since 2014, she has conducted psychological evaluations in immigration proceedings for Physicians for Human Rights.
Academic Job Search Webinar
(Moderated by Katherine Hazen, Chair-Elect)
Recorded April 18, 2018
Three recently hired Assistant Professors at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be asked to discuss their experiences with the academic job search process and the application process. Attendees will then be able to ask questions about the process themselves.
In this webinar, we were joined by Emily Haney-Caron, a 7th year doctoral candidate in the JD/PhD
program at Drexel University and is currently completing her clinical psychology internship in the juvenile justice/behavioral health concentration at Brown University. She will graduate from Drexel in June and begin a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, primarily teaching in the clinical doctoral program; Dr. Ashley Vortuba who joined the UNL psychology faculty as part of the Law-Psychology Program in Fall 2017. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2017. Dr. Votruba also served as a Judicial Clerk for Justice Robert M.
Brutinel on the Arizona Supreme Court from 2015-2016; and Dr. Kathryn Holland who received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This interactive webinar was moderated by Katherine Hazen, Chair-Elect for the AP-LS Student Committee.
How to Communicate Experimental Psychological Research to Legal Professionals
(Moderated by Adele Quigley-McBride, Experimental Liaison)
Recorded November 13, 2017
Experimental psychologists who address research questions at the intersection between psychology and law are frequently hoping to make changes to real-world systems and procedures. Whether this change is aimed at altering the behavior and attitudes of legal professionals, changing training protocols for those who work in the field, or more lasting changes at a policy level, it is important that these changes correctly apply the research. Communication of experimental results and how they can inform these aspects of the legal system is an ongoing challenge--scientist and legal professionals do not always speak the same language. Information that is interesting and important in an experimental context can be useless in the field.
In this webinar, we were joined by two experimental researchers who have made a career out of conducting exceptional psychology and law research and communicating this research to those who can use it in the legal system. Dr. Gary L. Wells is most well-known for his work on eyewitness identification procedures and has spoken to legal professionals about his research on countless occasions. Dr. Wells' research on guidelines for conducting fair lineup procedures has been successfully implemented in the majority of jurisdictions across the USA. Dr. Christian A. Meissner conducts experimental studies that apply cognitive theory to real world scenarios, and has helped to train and advise military, police, and other law enforcement professionals. Examples of research questions addressed by Dr. Meissner and his laboratory are how to conduct a humane and informative interrogation and whether or not there is an accurate method of deception detection. This interactive webinar was moderated by Adele Quigley-McBride, Experimental Liaison for the AP-LS Student Committee.
Mentorship: Helping Minority Students Reach Their Fullest Potential
(Moderated by Tiffany Clomax, Secretary)
Recorded July 20, 2017
Learning how to assess and provide services to clients of diverse backgrounds is an integral part of clinical psychology training. However, the experience of navigating the field of psychology and law as a minority student is rarely discussed in a classroom setting. This installment of the AP-LS Student Committee Webinar Series is intended to provide guidance to both minority students and faculty members or clinical supervisors and will examine privilege and bias, training within safe spaces, and mentorship for minority students within the field of psychology and law.
We were very excited to be joined by panelists Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Elise Fenn, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Northridge to discuss “Mentorship: Helping Minority Students Reach Their Fullest Potential” on Thursday, July 20 from 5:00-6:00 pm Eastern. This interactive webinar was moderated by Tiffany D. Clomax, Secretary for the AP-LS Student Committee.
Dr. Willis-Esqueda and Dr. Fenn were also both kind enough to provide resource lists on this topic:
Training and Managing Research Assistants: Their Success is Your Success
(Moderated by Adam Fine, Experimental Liaison)
Recorded April 25th, 2017
Recruiting, training, managing, and motivating research assistants (RAs) can be challenging. Despite the fact that most academics rely heavily on RAs, we receive virtually no training on how to approach RA management. Check out this webinar to learn tips, tricks, and tools of the trade that will help graduate students and junior faculty work effectively with their RAs.
We were very excited to be joined by Caitlin Cavanagh, Ph.D., an assistant professor of criminology at Michigan State University, who discussed "Training and Managing Research Assistants: Their Success is Your Success." The interactive webinar was moderated by Adam D. Fine, the Experimental Liaison for the AP-LS Student Committee and took place on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, from 8:00pm-9:00pm EST (5:00-6:00pm PST).
Dr. Cavanagh discusses the RA application she uses during the webinar, which she generously shared with us, as well:
Conducting Group Therapy with Civil and Forensic Populations
(Moderated by Laura Grossi, Clinical Liaison)
Recorded Jan. 18th, 2017
Group therapy is a method of treatment widely used in the United States and beyond, with a number of different populations. Unfortunately, students working to become mental health professionals tend to receive minimal specialized training in actually providing group therapy! This installment of the AP-LS Student Committee Webinar Series provides foundational information for competently providing group therapy in civil and forensic contexts, including hospitals, treatment centers, jails, and prisons.
We were very excited to be joined by Michele Galietta, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to discuss “Conducting Group Therapy with Civil and Forensic Populations" on Wednesday, January 18th 2017, from 1:00-2:00pm EST (12:00-1:00pm CST and 10:00am-11:00am PST). This interactive webinar was moderated by Laura M. Grossi, Clinical Liaison for the AP-LS Student Committee.
Getting More Involved in the AP-LS Student Committee: A Pre-Elections Webinar
(Moderated by Emily Haney-Caron, Chair-Elect)
Recorded June 8th, 2016
Running for a Student Committee position is a great way for psychology or law graduate students to get more involved in AP-LS, network with other students and professionals, and provide service to the field. Open positions are Chair-Elect, Secretary, Communications Officer, Campus Representative Coordinator, Clinical Liaison, Experimental Liaison, and Law Liaison.
Interested in running for a position? Wondering what each position entails? This webinar provides an overview of the Student Committee, the role of each officer, and the benefits of Student Committee involvement. Current Student Committee officers talk about their experience, why they ran for a position, and what being on the Student Committee is like.
The AP-LS Time Machine
Drs. Stanley Brodsky, Mary Alice Conroy, Stephen Golding, and Thomas Grisso
Weren't able to make it into the extremely popular Time Machine session at this year's AP-LS? Or perhaps you were one of the lucky attendees and just want another chance to experience it all over again. Either way, hear some of our most influencial members talk about the history of our field and the ways in which they themselves shaped it into what we know today.
(Moderated by Tom Grisso, PhD with introduction by Meghann Galloway, Chair
Recorded April 18th, 2016)
Now tweet this: Harnessing social media to translate social science into action
Amalia Corby-Edwards (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer), Micah Haskell-Hoehl (Senior Policy Associate), & Efua Andoh (Assistant Director, Communications and Special Projects)
APA Public Interest Directorate
(Moderated by Meghann Galloway, Chair-Elect)
Recorded June 23, 2015
Focused on how to put your research into action, experts from the APA Public Interest Directorate share strategies that they have used to educate the general public as well as to advocate for evidence-based policy changes. Specifically, viewers will learn more about how to effectively use a variety of social media platforms—including Twitter and blogging—as well as their application to important issues like human trafficking and juvenile justice reform.
Make sure to register for the APA Federal Action Network to stay up to date on advocacy action alerts. You may also be interested in checking out Building Your Online Community & Social Media Presence for Impact and Social Change, publihed by the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27).
"You should be impatient for your research to change the world:" Developing your policy niche as a graduate student
Heather O'Beirne Kelly, PhD
APA Science Government Relations
(Moderated by Laura Bogardus, SPSSI Graduate Student Committee)
Presented May 13, 2015
As students of psychology, our career goals often include impacting policy change to promote justice. In fact, we should impatient to change the world with research! But how do we leverage our skills in writing, researching, and advocating to create change? In this webinar, Dr. Kelly provided an overview of policy and how to get involved at a variety of levels—from local advocacy to running for office.
After your Degree: A Panel Discussion on the Elusive Research Post-Doc
Jacqueline Evans, PhD, Lindsay Malloy, PhD, & Zoe Klemfuss, PhD
Florida International University
(Moderated by Erika Fountain, Experimental Liaison)
Recorded April 10, 2015
If you're already thinking about what opportunities await you after defending your PhD, consider learning about the world of research postdocs from a panel of successful early career professionals. Drs. Jacqueline Evans, Lindsay Malloy, and Zoe Klemfuss (Florida International University) discuss the different ways to fund or get a research post-doc, the pros and cons of doing a research post-doc, and how being a research post-doc is different from being a student or a faculty member in the world of academia.
Forensic Neuropsychology: Essential Information to Know Before Embarking on a Path Less (but Increasingly) Traveled
Chriscelyn Tussey, PsyD, ABPP (Forensic), Metropolitan Forensic and Neuropsychological Consultation, PLLC, & Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University School of Medicine
(Moderated by Casey LaDuke, Chair)
Recorded March 31, 2015
If you are interested in integrating your knowledge of psychology and the legal system with a firm understanding of brain and behavior relationships, forensic neuropsychology is a practice area worth exploring. This webinar serves as a springboard for anyone looking to learn more about this niche, the requisite training to become a forensic neuropsychologist, and the future of this growing speciality.
Balancing Law and Psychology: Insights from a Psycholegal Academic
Adam Benforado, JD, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
(Moderated by Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo, Law Liaison)
Recorded February 27, 2015
AP-LS is full of psychologists with a strong grasp of the legal system, but have ever wondered what it might look like in reverse? Tune in to learn how to conduct psycholegal research in a legal academic setting and how to publish in law reviews; what it's like to teach at the intersection of law and psychology; how to obtain jobs in legal academia; and the challenges of publishing a psycholegal book to a popular audience.
Ten conference presentation do’s and don’ts
Oluseyi Olubadewo, JD, PhD, Prairie View A&M University
(Moderated by Karen Michell Lane, Clinical Liaison)
Recorded January 28, 2015
As a psychology student, chances are high that at some point in your academic career you will present at a conference or convention. If you are going into academia, knowing how to give a good presentation is imperative. These ten tips will help you to navigate the process of giving a great presentation.
How science and advocacy reformed 21st century juvenile justice
Thomas Grisso, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
(Moderated by Caitlin Cavanagh, Communications Officer)
Recorded December 3, 2014
Juvenile justice systems in the U.S. are undergoing reform that promotes a developmentally-appropriate and evidence-based system. This reform is well-documented, ranging from U.S. Supreme Court decisions to the National Academy of Science’s recent report, and it is evidence in the growth of science-based practices in local probation and detention centers. This webinar discusses the roots and future directions of this reform.
Nailing the interview: Answering your most feared questions and getting the position of your dreams
Jay Singh, PhD, Global Institute of Forensic Research
(Moderated by Casey LaDuke, Chair)
Recorded November 11, 2014
Are you currently in the process of applying to internships or postdoctoral fellowships? Sweating the all-too-important interview and the challenging questions that may lie ahead? See the most feared interview questions answered by a leading expert.
Childhood trauma and the ethics of juvenile justice
Elaina Quintana, PhD, Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice, Adler School of Professional Psychology
(Moderated by Elizabeth Gale-Benz, Campus Representative Coordinator)
Recorded October 29, 2014
We are learning more and more about the neurobiological and epigenetic effects of childhood trauma. As clearer scientific evidence suggests juvenile detention has long and far reaching deleterious effects on childhood development, we are the country that locks up more children than any other on earth. Although we know better, we are not doing better. What are the steps that can be taken to promote positive psychosocial development for court involved youth that have experienced early adversity?
How not to become your worst nightmare: Self care, goal setting, and the importance of continued professional development
Patricia Zapf, PhD, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CONCEPT
(Moderated by Casey LaDuke, Chair)
Recorded September 24, 2014
Professional success requires more than just effective training and experience, it relies on an individual's ability to blend their personal and professional lives, set clear and appropriate goals, and continue in their professional development beyond graduation. This webinar discusses these crucial yet underserved factors during professional training and early career.
Brain science and the criminal law: Application of the Rules of Evidence
Christopher Slobogin, JD, LLM, Vanderbilt Law School and School of Medicine
(Moderated by Emily Haney-Caron, Law Liaison)
Recorded June 3, 2014
Cases relying on evidence concerning the structure or function of the human brain are becoming a daily occurrence in the American criminal justice system. This webinar discusses an effective evidentiary framework to taking advantage of neuroscientific evidence in legal practice.
Grant writing in psychology & the law: Funding your graduate research
Jennifer Woolard, PhD, Georgetown University
(Moderated by Erika Fountain, Experimental Liaison)
Recorded May 21, 2014
Want to get paid for conducting research as a graduate student? Thinking about funding your own research? Ever consider grant writing a skill future employers require you to have? More and more often students at every stage in their graduate careers are being asked to develop grant writing skills. Being able to secure stipend funding or research funding is crucial to being a successful researcher. For those interested in funding their own stipend or simply wanting some extra funding to complete their dissertation, understanding the tips and tricks of grant writing can make this daunting process more approachable and can help you be more successful.
Personal values impacting clinical work with diverse populations
Mary Alice Conroy, Sam Houston State University
(Moderated by Scholar Colbourn, Clinical Liaison)
Recorded April 21, 2014
Murders, sex offenders, child molesters, psychopaths, chronic substance abusers... graduate students in psychology and law are asked to work with a diverse range of difficult clients. Our reactions to these clients can significantly impact how we treat them – so how do we make sure we are providing competent care no matter who we are working with?
The future of forensic psychology
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Drexel University
(Moderated by Casey LaDuke, Chair-Elect)
Presented March 18, 2014
The field of law and psychology had develop significantly over the past few decades. This webinar retraces the major developments in our field, discusses the current state of the practice, and looks ahead to the future of law and psychology.