American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) in the United States

Address and Contact Details

  • One Regency Dr., P.O. Box 30
  • Bloomfield, CT 06002-0030
  • Tel: (860)242-5450 Fax: (860)286-0787
  • Toll Free: (800)331 – 1389
  • E-Mail:
  • Web Site:

Organization Details

    • Members:2000 individuals
    • Staff: 3
    • Annual Budget: $250-500,000
    • Meetings/Conferences: Annual Meetings: October/650
    • Publications: Journal of the AAPL (see below)
    • Newsletter of the AAPL. 3/year.
    • Executive Director: Jacquelyn T. Coleman, CAE
    • Membership: $250/year (individual); $55/year;  (trainee); $50/year (correspondent).

Historical Note

The AAPL is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching, and research in forensic psychiatry. Founded in 1969, AAPL currently has more than 1,500 members in North America and around the world.

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law members are forensic psychiatrists and general
psychiatrists who have a professional interest in psychiatry and the law and are members of the
American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or a
national organization equivalent to the American Psychiatric Association.

Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Sample Topics

  • Treating ADHD in Prison: Focus on Alpha-2 Agonists (Clonidine and Guanfacine)
  • Atomoxetine for the Treatment of ADHD in Incarcerated Adolescents
  • Challenges and Limitations to Treating ADHD in Incarcerated Populations
  • When Restoration Fails: One State’s Answer to the Dilemma of Permanent Incompetence
  • Not Competent, Not Restorable, and Not Committable
  • Trauma as a Contributor to Violence in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Forensic Implications of Neuroscientific Advancements
  • Trauma and Violence in Autism
  • Detained Adolescents: Mental Health Needs, Treatment Use, and Recidivism
  • Conducted-Energy Device (Taser) Usage in Subjects With Mental Illness
  • Neurocognitive Deficits Associated with Antisocial Personality Disorder in Non-treatment-seeking Young Adults
  • The Ethics of APA’s Goldwater Rule
  • Reflections on the Legal Battles Over Prisoners with Gender Dysphoria
  • A Conceptual Overview and Commentary on Gender Dysphoria
  • Correctional Management and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The State Cannot Force Medications on Committed Patients Who Are No Longer Considered Dangerous
  • Retention of the Court’s Jurisdiction after Conditional Release of Individual Found Not Criminally Responsible
  • Court Overturns Death Sentence for Failure to Introduce Defendant’s Mental Health History for Mitigation Purposes
  • Expert Witness Testimony in Civil Commitment Hearings for Sexually Dangerous Individuals
  • Child Testimony and Best Interests of the Child in Child Custody or Visitation Cases
  • Physician–Patient Privilege
  • Involuntary Outpatient Treatment
  • Serious Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
  • Dismissal of Charges after Juvenile Found Not Competent to Stand Trial
  • The Death Penalty and Intellectually Disabled Defendants
  • Forced Medication to Restore Competency







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