The Situationist

Hail to the (New) Chief

Posted by Adam Benforado on November 4, 2011

I was excited to learn on Thursday that my colleague and neighbor across the hall, Donald Bersoff, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association.

This is great news for the APA as an institution and for Don personally, but I also think it is a victory for all those interested in the intersection of law and psychology.

While Don holds a Ph.D. in psychology from N.Y.U. and has published numerous articles in the field, he is also a lawyer and law professor (the first to be elected APA President).  Indeed, he was once a partner in the D.C. office of Jenner & Block, where I worked prior to entering academia.  Today, he directs the Law and Psychology Program here at Drexel.

The APA is an immense organization with 150,000 member and many tough challenges ahead, but I feel confident that Don is just the leader to steer a course to a bright future where interdisciplinary research and collaborative endeavors between legal scholars/practitioners and psychologists are valued and supported.

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