ASAPIL Membership

Most ASAPIL members are either psychologists or attorneys specializing in personal injury, rehabilitation, employment law, Social Security disability law, veterans law, or related areas.

If you wish to obtain the associated journal, PIL (Psychological Injury and Law), of Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law, please follow the instructions below.

Benefits of Membership

There are several benefits to ASAPIL membership including:

* A one year electronic subscription to our flagship publication, a professional, peer-reviewed journal, Psychological Injury and Law. Springer, publisher of the journal, offers only institutional subscriptions to the journal at a cost of over $500. The only way to obtain an individual journal subscription is by becoming an ASAPIL member.

* Members-only professional email discussion list. Have a question about psychological injury and law? Ask some of the top experts in the area--members of ASAPIL! Share your expertise with other members, expand your referral network, and build collaborative relationships with other like-minded professionals.

* Establish yourself as a psychological injury and law expert by writing web pages for this website. On the web page you can include a brief bio and a link to your website, which should not only result in direct referrals but is also great for optimizing your website for the search engines as it gives your site link juice.

* Enjoy the status of membership in the only professional organization dedicated exclusively to the study of psychological injury and law.

* We are organizing the best continuing education presentations and workshops in the area.

* We are organizing venues in which you can publish aside from the journal, e.g., our open-access, web-based PIL Digest, and the ASAPIL Newsletter.

Membership Levels and Dues

To Obtain our Journal Subscription, Starting 2021

If you wish to get a subscription from the publisher to the journal direction, see instructions below.

Here is the direct link to the journal on SpringerLink.

You will then see a box called "Subscribe" on the right hand side, but scroll a little bit down and you should see it.

It is $79 USD for 1 year e-journal access and it is for the entire journal, not just for the most current issue.

When you hit "Subscribe to the Journal" you will be directed to a payment page, and follow the instructions there.

From the Association's bylaws, here is detailed information about each membership category:


Here are our membership categories:

1. Fellow

2. Lifetime Member

3. Full Status Member

4. Board Member (Society, Journal)

5. Senior Member (Working, Retired)

6. New Practitioner (Year 1, Year 2)

7. Associate (Senior, Junior Graduate Student) Member

8. Student Member (Undergraduate, e.g., psychology, law)

9. Affiliate Member (e.g., psychiatrist, MA in psychology)

10. Student Affiliate (Undergraduate, e.g., social work)

11. Honorary Membership


There are 11 categories of members in the association:

1. Fellows, a full status member, which is an honorary award.

a. Fellows constitute the highest membership level in the association.

b. processing Fellows is the responsibility of the Fellows Committee.

c. Fellows are association members who have made distinguished, significant, stellar, superior, impacting, unique, unusual, and outstanding contributions to the field, as evidenced by publications, significant leadership roles, and clinical or community activities.

2. Lifetime members.

a. Lifetime members are full status members paying about10 years worth of dues for lifetime membership, or more if less than 45 years of age.

b. Lifetime members are full status members of good standing who prefer to pay a one-time flat fee for membership to cover their lifetime.

c. Note that the lifetime member fees include annual dues over the lifetime as well as all webinar and related ASAPIL CE events, so that the one-time payment is very cost effective.

d. Lifetime members pay a different flat fee depending on whether they are under or over 45 (the amount determined by the board).

e. They shall retain all other rights and privileges of members of the association.

3. Full Status Members.

Full-status Members must meet the designated qualifications of the association.

To be eligible for membership, prospective members need to have obtained a doctorate related to psychological injury or law, or are expanding their area of interest and competence to this area. Therefore prospective members need

i. To hold a doctorate in psychology or in a related behavioral or social science field that treats the topic of psychological injury and law, or that allowed the prospective members to write their thesis on the topic.

ii. To hold a doctorate in psychology or in a related behavioral or social science field that does not treat the topic of psychological injury and law, but the applicants are preparing to extend their research expertise in an area related to psychological injury and law.

Or applicants for full-status members may hold a law degree.

Therefore, eligibility for membership shall require a doctorate in psychology or a related behavioral or social science, with completion of the doctoral degree based, in part, upon a psychological dissertation or other evidence of psychological scholarship, or shall require a law degree.

However, these requirements may be waived by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Executive Committee, given submission of reasonably persuasive evidence satisfactory to the Executive Committee of contributions by an individual to the field of Psychological Injury and Law.

i. The psychologist must be licensed/ registered in at least one jurisdiction, and

ii. Demonstrate competence to practice in an area related to psychological injury and law, such as forensics or rehabilitation,

iii. Or is preparing to extend her or his limits of competence in an area related to psychological injury and law, either directly, or in an area such as forensics or rehabilitation.

Of course, there will be many psychologists who will participate in both research and practice in the area.

Members are not eligible for executive offices unless they have published in the area, as per below.

4-5-6. Full Status Members, specialized (board, senior, new).

a. Full members might be on the society and journal boards, and pay a reduced fee.

b. Or, they might be senior, either working or retired, and pay a reduced fee, especially for the latter category.

c. Finally, new practitioners in years 1 and 2 of practice pay reduced fees, especially in year 1.

7-8. Associate (Senior, Junior Graduate Student) and Student Members.

a. Associate and Student members are enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in a psychology or a related social or behavioral science, in a school of recognized standing and in a field related to the purpose of this association, or are enrolled in a law school.

b. Associate members shall automatically be reclassified as full status members upon submitting evidence of graduation from the programs of their establishment.

c. Senior Associate Member: Senior graduate or law student (senior years of Ph.D./ J.D., etc.)

d. Junior associate members have just started their graduate studies for 1st or 2nd year.

e. Law students may join as senior associate members once they are in the last year of their studies before articling.

f. Law students in earlier years are considered junior.

g. Undergraduates are not eligible for the associate stream.

h. These members pay a reduced fee.

9-10. Affiliate Members.

a. Professionals in related fields, such as in teaching, government and the insurance industry, psychiatry, psychiatric social work, psychiatric nursing, and rehabilitation counseling, may join the association as non-voting members, paying reduced fees.

b. Student affiliate members in these professions may join, and they pay a reduced fee.

c. Foreign affiliates are welcome until the international section is formed, though a higher monetary rate is required to cover postage for journals and other material in hard copy.

d. Foreign affiliates reside outside of the U.S. and Canada.

e. Individuals claiming foreign affiliate status as psychologists must be members of the regulating, registering, credentialing, or otherwise licensing psychological body in their home country where they officially reside, or, must be an accredited attorney, or lacking this, must provide proof of equivalent qualifications.

f. Teaching Affiliates. These affiliates may be teachers in high school or two-year colleges.

g. MA/ MEd in Psychology not in graduate school are considered Affiliates and not Full Members. This requires either completion of two years of graduate work in psychology, or, the master’s degree in psychology, and not continuing in studying.

11. Honorary Association Membership.

a. The Science committee may recommend a nonpaying membership status of Honorary Member.

b. This status is bestowed to recognize outstanding scientific contributions to the field (e.g., research project, report, book, clinical application).

There are three categories of honorary membership; no dues are collected for such members.

i. Honorary Association membership, named by Science committee motion, including after board recommendation.

ii. Lifetime Honorary Affiliate Member (donations determined; see Appendix X).

iii. Honorary Affiliate Member for the Year (donations determined; see Appendix X).

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