The PLDM lab is SO PROUD of Lauren Meaux Tykol, who graduated on August 6th and is officially Dr. Meaux!!! We are also thrilled for the brilliant and wonderful friend-of-the-lab, Stephanie Chambers, the graduating PY-LAW cohort, and all of the UA Psych Department grads! Cheers!!!
Are you conducting impactful research on behavioral health in legal contexts? Are you seeking collaborators to generate meaningful research programs?
The Southern Behavioral Health and Law Initiative (SBHLI) is excited to host a research networking event! Come for food and stay to hear UA researchers and SBHLI members present their current projects and future collaboration opportunities. Researchers and practitioners at any career stage who are interested in behavioral health, criminal justice, law enforcement, public policy, or the law will learn about interdisciplinary research programs and connect with other UA community members working in this space.
Join us on Thursday, April 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 at Hotel Capstone. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP at your earliest convenience HERE!
From March 17-19, Dr. Cox and lab members attended the American Psychology-Law Society annual conference in beautiful Denver, Colorado (#APLS2022). Hannah Lind gave a presentation on confirmation bias in prosecutorial decision making, Haylie Stewart gave her first ever(!) APLS presentation on social dominance orientation and gendered legislation, and Liz MacNeil gave TWO presentations on 1) prosecutorial discretion in sex work cases and, 2) psychopathic traits and plea bargaining. Dr. Cox paired with work-wife, Dr. Kois, and researchers from Fulton Co., GA, the University of Virginia, and Denver University, to present a symposium on the national (in)competency crisis.
So many UA grad students were involved in the conference - check out the conference program at https://www.dropbox.com/s/agn7zl214efodso/AP-LS%202022%20Full%20Program.pdf?dl=0
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to lab alum, Marissa Stanziani, who married fellow UA alum, Keisha Carden, in New Orleans on March 12, 2022! Other UA and #LabAwesome alumni attended the celebration, including Adam Coffey, Liz Bownes, and Rachel deLacy (who served as an attendant!). In what will absolutely be one of the top 5 moments of her life, Dr. Cox officiated the wedding and was honored to harness the power vested in her by Ruth Bader Ginsberg to announce the beautiful brides wife and wife! Cheers to the beautiful couple!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Liz MacNeil. On March 8, Liz successfully defended her thesis project, "The Effect of Gender Identity and Gender Role Attitudes in Prosecutorial Decision-Making in a Case of Prostitution." Liz found mock prosecutor gender role attitudes impact case processing decisions in a case of prosecution. We are SO PROUD of Liz!
Throughout the U.S., criminal justice and behavioral health stakeholders are allocating increasing attention, time, and resources to behavioral health crisis response and jail diversion. In January 2021, a team of stakeholders from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Police Department, Indian Rivers Behavioral Health, DCH North Harbor, and NorthStar EMS first joined with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to identify the Tuscaloosa community's barriers to much-needed crisis services, particularly for community members with serious behavioral health problems and contact with law enforcement, and to develop creative solutions to address these community-wide issues. Technical Assistance provided by SAMHSA has been invaluable and we are eager to further engage the community in this process. Complimentary parking and continental breakfast. The event will also be live streamed for those wishing to attend virtually.