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EAPL Awards

The EAPL awards prizes in three categories:
  1. Scientific Impact Award: Recognizing individuals or teams whose research has made a noteworthy contribution to the field of psychology and law. Contributions for consideration include the development of new and innovative methods, generating findings that advance our understanding of psychological mechanisms or processes within the legal context, and/or expansion of previous work into new areas or populations. 
  2. Societal Impact Award: Celebrating individuals or teams whose initiatives or projects have made a noteworthy contribution to enhance the societal impact in the field of psychology and law. Contributions for consideration include service activities, the inclusion of practitioners in research, outreach initiatives, and public engagement. Contributions can be international, but local and national impact are considered as well.
  3. Educational Impact Award: Acknowledging individuals or teams who have made a noteworthy contribution to teaching and mentoring emerging scholars in the field of psychology and law or practitioners in applied contexts, for example legal professionals. Contributions for consideration include educational activities and/or the development of innovative course formats, advising and encouraging emerging scholars and colleagues, as well as showcasing impactful teaching in an applied context.

Further details can be found here:pdf-icon Procedures and Criteria for Awards.

Nomination Procedure

  • Everyone can nominate an individual or group by sending a letter of nomination (LOM).
  • Please include include the award category for the nomination.
  • LOM has a max. of 1,000 words in length.
  • LOM should include information about the nominee’s substantive contributions.
  • LOM should also hold contextual information (e.g., career stage; social, economic, or political context).
  • LOM should be submitted online via qualtrics form to: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PNTRv1y3TkFx42
  • Nominating person’s identity is kept confidential (unless they explicitly opt to share that information).
  • Detailed information can be found in the  pdf-icon Procedures and Criteria for Awards.

EAPL Awards 2023

Congratulations to our two Dissertation award winners, Dr Tamara de Beuf (left) and Dr Emily Spearing (right)!

EAPL Awards 2021

This year was the first time for the EAPL to hand out a PhD Award! With this award the association honors works that make a sizeable contribution to knowledge in the field of Psychology and Law. Lorraine Hope (@lorraine_hope) who, as Chair of the Award Committee, did an outstanding job with her colleagues. The committee was made up of: Lorraine Hope (chair), Melanie Sauerland, Martin Rettenberger, Timothy Luke, and Laura Visu-Petra. The winner of the first EAPL PhD Award 2021 was:

Mikaela Magnusson – University of Gothenburg, Sweden

With this video you can see what an impressive PhD thesis Mikaela presented to us:


You may follow Mikaela on Twitter: @MikaMagnusson. Remember also to follow the EAPL on Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_a_p_l.

We would like to thank all applicants. A special congratulations goes to Sanne Houben (Maastricht University, on the left) and Alejandra de la Fuente Vilar (Maastricht University, on the right) as runners-up. Great work!


EAPL Awards 2020

Dear members: We want to inform you that in 2020 we did not organize an award round since our conference was postponed due to COVID19.


General Nomination Rules

The rules for nomination and price giving are as follows:

  1. The EAPL President-Elect convenes (via e-mail) a committee of around five research-active full members of EAPL (generally at least 2 female members but we agreed that for the next 2 years it would be 3 female members) who represent a variety of (i) countries, (ii) aspects of psychology-law, (iii) stages in their careers. One person in the award committee is responsible for attending to the diversity in the nomination and the decision.  The committee decides confidentially on who will be awarded.  The confidentiality is partly to ‘protect’ ‘unsuccessful’ people who have been nominated but who know nothing about having been nominated.
  2. Nominations for the early career award, the mid-career awards and the life achievement award are to be sought by contacting all members of EAPL inviting them to nominate a worthy person rather than asking just the committee to suggest names.
  3. We ask for an extended curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation only for the early career awards. In this case non-members of EAPL can be nominated for this award, but they should currently be working in Europe. Only members of EAPL can be nominated for the mid career and life achievement award.

Here are the recipients of the 2019 awards:

  • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Harald Merckelbach (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
  • 2019 Mid Career Award: Martin Rettenberger (Centre for Criminology, Germany)
  • 2019 Early Career Award: Kirk Luther (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)


Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award

One way the EAPL acknowledges academic excellence is by bestowing the EAPL lifetime achievement award upon academics who have demonstrated particular excellence, impact, and involvement in the field of psychology and law.

2019Harald MerckelbachMaastricht Universityhttp://www.haraldmerckelbach.nl/etc_english.html
2018David Cooke University of Bergenhttp://capp-network.no/the-developers
2017Saul Kassin John Jay College & Williams College http://web.williams.edu/Psychology/Faculty/Kassin/biography/index.html
2016Peter van Koppen Maastricht University, Free University Amsterdamhttps://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/peter.vankoppen
2015Steven Penrod John Jay Collegehttps://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/steven-d-penrod
2014Siegfried Sporer Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen http://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/fb06/psychologie/abt/sozpsy/dateien/sporercv
2013Günter Köhnken Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel https://www.diagnostik-diff.psychologie.uni-kiel.de/de/team/prof.-em.-dr.-guenter-koehnken
2012Gisli Gudjonsson King’s College Londonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%ADsli_Guðjónsson
2011Ron Roesch Simon Fraser Universityhttp://members.psyc.sfu.ca/roesch
2010Willem Wagenaar Pennsylvania State University, University of Leiden & Soestberg https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Albert_Wagenaar
2009David Farrington University of Cambridge & Pittsburgh (USA) https://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/People/professor-david-farrington
2008Ray Bull University of Leicester https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/people/rhb10
2001Friedrich Lösel University of Cambridge (UK) https://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/People/professor-friedrich-losel
1988Hans F.M. Crombag Maastricht, Antwerpen & Leiden Universityhttps://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Crombag


Previous recipients of the Mid Career Award

2019Martin RettenbergerKriminologische Zentralstelle e. V.https://www.krimz.de/krimz/team.html
2018Robert HorselenbergMaastricht Universityhttps://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/robert.horselenberg
2017Paul TaylorLancaster Universityhttps://www.lancaster.ac.uk/people-profiles/paul-j-taylor
2016Fiona GabbertGoldsmiths University of Londonhttps://www.gold.ac.uk/psychology/staff/gabbert/
2015Jaume MasipUniversidad de Salamancahttp://diarium.usal.es/jmasip/



Previous recipients of the Early Career Award

2019Kirk LutherLancaster University http://www.kirkluther.com/

2018J. Simon OleszkiewiczUniversity of Twentehttps://people.utwente.nl/s.oleszkiewicz
2017Eric Mac GiollaUniversity of Gothenburghttps://psy.gu.se/english/staff?userId=xmacer
2016Gavin OxburghNewcastle Universityhttps://www.ncl.ac.uk/psychology/staff/profile/gavinoxburgh.html#background
2015Lisa SmithUniversity of Leicesterhttps://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/people/ls
2014Robert J. B. LehmannMedical School Berlinhttp://www.medicalschool-berlin.de/hochschule/unser-team/team-fakultaet-naturwissenschaften/professoren/robert-lehmann/
2013Coral DandoUniversity of Westminster, Londonhttps://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/dando-coral
2011Henry OtgaarMaastricht Universityhttps://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/henry.otgaar
2010Jessica WoodhamsUniversity of Birminghamhttps://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/psychology/woodhams-jessica.aspx
2009Karl AskUniversity of Gothenburghttps://psy.gu.se/english/staff?userId=xaskka
2008Maria HartwigJohn Jay Collegehttps://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/maria-hartwig