Report of Prof. Ray Bull, President Division 10

 

The Psychology and Law division is currently one of the smallest in the Association.One of the most important divisional activities has been to attempt to increase divisional membership.The divisionís regional representatives have been active in this regard, as has the divisionís president who has publicised the division during an Invited Address at the Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL), at invited lectures (funded by an Invitation Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) in Tokyo and Fukuoka to the newly formed Japanese Society for Law and Psychology, and at invited seminars to the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychology, Psychiatry and Law.These activities may not have resulted in much increased IAAP membership because of the growth in such psychology-law organisations.Nevertheless, interest in presenting on psychology-law topics at ICAP in Singapore is relatively strong.

 

Liaison between our division and the EAPL has increased while our secretary/treasurer (FransWillem Winkel) has also been President of EAPL.

 

Several countries have recently seen growth in graduate courses in psychology-law/forensic psychology and those who run these courses can be asked to encourage those graduating from them to join IAAP.

 

One consequence of the terrible events in New York on September 11th is that governments and other organisations seem now more willing to fund applied psychological research that relates to terrorism.Iím confident that in the coming years, when I shall no longer be divisional president, applied psychology will continue to provide benefits for humankind.