American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law [AAPL] Law and Legal Definition

The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching, and research in forensic psychiatry. The AAPL promotes scientific and educational activities in forensic psychiatry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and practical clinical experience through publications and regularly scheduled national and regional meetings.

The activities of the AAPL include:

a. to facilitate the exchange of ideas and practical clinical experience through publications and regularly scheduled national and regional meetings;

b. to sponsor continuing education programs for both forensic and general psychiatrist and other mental health and legal professionals;

c. to develop ethical guidelines for forensic psychiatry;

d. to stimulate research in forensic psychiatry and providing a forum for the presentation of the results of such research;

e. to develop guidelines for education and training in forensic psychiatry for both general psychiatry residents and post-residency fellows; and

f. to provide information to the public through a speaker's bureau and published literature.