Candidate Statements for
Division 41. American Psychology-Law Society
Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.
Candidate: Jennifer Groscup, JD, PhD
I am honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect, and I am excited about the potential to serve AP-LS in this new role. I received my J.D/Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, and my research areas are in Fourth Amendment issues and in legal decision making. I currently teach at Scripps College - a small, women’s liberal arts college. I have been a member of AP-LS for 22 years, and I have a history of dedicated service to the Division including Dissertation Awards Committee Chair (2003-07), Co-Chairing the Annual Conference (2006), Newsletter Editor (2005-11), Member-at-Large (2011-13), LHB Editorial Board member (2005-present), and most recently Secretary (2014-17), demonstrating my commitment to the organization. Each of these roles has allowed me the opportunity to interact with other dedicated APLS members who are also serving our organization in novel and important ways.
My many years of service and leadership within AP-LS afford me unique knowledge of the organization and perspective on its history and future that I will be able to use to make a continuing positive contribution to AP-LS. As President, I am excited about the opportunity to continue the Division’s work on increased inclusiveness, both for our current members and in outreach to groups that are currently underrepresented in our organization. I also am dedicated to increasing the diversity and impact of our research and practice within APA, the legal system, and beyond. Allison Redlich is an incredible candidate - whatever you decide, just get involved and vote!
Candidate: Allison D. Redlich, PhD
Since joining AP-LS in 1996, I have considered the organization my academic "home." I am fortunate to have served AP-LS in multiple capacities: as an editorial board member of Law and Human Behavior; as AP-LS conference co-chair; as Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee; and as chair of the Teaching and Training Committee. Recently I served on the APA Committee on Legal Issues, which required reviewing proposals from other committees, providing input about proposed APA amicus briefs, and extensive interaction with other APA divisions and committees. Outside of formal roles, I have mentored numerous pre- and post-doctoral scholars and have co-authored key policy pieces and an AP-LS-sponsored white paper. These combined experiences have readied me to become President of AP-LS. My goals, as President, would be to expand important initiatives that AP-LS has already undertaken, such as interdisciplinarity and mentoring. First, as a psychologist employed in a Criminology, Law and Society Department, I am exposed to a variety of disciplines that study the same issues, albeit from different perspectives. Interdisciplinarity can advance science in incredible ways, but only if institutionalized barriers are confronted. As someone who has had to navigate these barriers, I am well-equipped to continue moving AP-LS toward cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration. Second, as someone who has benefited tremendously from excellent mentorship, I am committed to doing the same for the next generations of scholars and practitioners. I will push to formalize additional mentorship opportunities, particularly in interdisciplinary settings to further ensure students can talk within and across disciplines.
Candidate: Neil Gowensmith, PhD
I have been a member of AP-LS for more than a decade, and I look forward to giving back to the organization as a member-at-large.
I bring well-rounded experiences to this position:
• Working in correctional facilities, community mental health centers, courts, cell blocks, state administration, private practice, and academia
• Serving as Chief of Forensic Services for the state of Hawaii, overseeing all forensic services, managing a multimillion-dollar budget, and assisting with the termination of long-term federal oversight
• Creating a forensic mental health institute (Denver FIRST), providing the Rocky Mountain region with enhanced research, service, and training in forensic psychology
• Creating a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology
• Developing multiple outpatient competency restoration programs across the country
• Developing an evaluator bias detection tool to identify base rates and potential problem areas in forensic evaluation
• Consulting nationally and internationally to develop empirically sound, high-quality forensic systems, policies, and programs
• Emphasizing applied research to ensure excellent practice standards
• Teaching and training hundreds of future forensic psychologists
• Maintaining excellent relationships with colleagues around the world
I will utilize this multi-dimensional experience as an AP-LS member-at-large. I will champion the concerns of colleagues to inform AP-LS decision-making and strategic planning. Although I believe that competency-related services, discrimination against forensic populations, potential bias among providers, juvenile forensic issues, and poor clinical practices are our field’s most urgent issues, I will primarily serve in a “listen, learn, and inform” capacity so as to further the superordinate goals of AP-LS and its members. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidate: Lindsay C. Malloy, PhD
I am honored to be considered for a Member-at-Large position in AP-LS. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. I completed postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge and worked as an Assistant/Associate Professor at Florida International University. My research focuses on evaluating and improving children’s reporting of their experiences.
I gave my first talk at the 2002 AP-LS conference as an undergraduate student. In addition to regularly attending and presenting at the conference, I have served AP-LS as a member (2011-2014) and Chair (2014-2017) of the Dissertation Awards Committee and currently serve on the Editorial Board of Law and Human Behavior. I have also served in multiple leadership roles in Division 7 (Developmental Psychology). In 2014 I was truly honored to be recognized by AP-LS with the Saleem Shah Early Career Award.
At this stage in my career, I would like to take a more active role in AP-LS leadership and governance. I would enjoy representing and serving the members of AP-LS, an organization that has afforded me numerous opportunities for professional development. Having recently transitioned from early to mid-career and having worked in the US, UK, and Canada, I am in an excellent position to help make a strong professional organization even stronger, more responsive to its members’ needs, and more effective at promoting the science, practice, and teaching of psychology-law.
Candidate: Ron Roesch, PhD
Office: Council Representative
I have been a member of AP-LS almost since its inception. When I was in graduate school at the University of Illinois I gave a paper at the first AP-LS conference in San Francisco. It has been a pleasure to serve on the AP-LS Executive Committee in varying capacities over the past 30 years, as Editor of Law and Human Behavior, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; as President in 1993-94; and as editor of the AP-LS book series. I was honored to receive the AP-LS Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law Award in 2010 and the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in the Field of Psychology and Law Award in 2009. As I near retirement, I would consider it a privilege to represent AP-LS as one its APA Council Representatives to ensure that we have a strong voice on issues that are central to the goals and mission of AP-LS.