NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
A three-way dialogue
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law incoming editor Michael
E. Lamb wants to promote greater communication among
psychologists, policymakers and legal scholars.
BY TORI DEANGELIS
Psychologists have contributed much to the courts’ and public’s understanding of such topics
as jury processes, the fallibility of
eyewitness testimony and testimonial
competence. As incoming editor of
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law,
Michael E. Lamb, PhD, wants to ensure
the journal keeps publishing the highest
quality research in all of those areas.
But the Cambridge University
professor of social and developmental
psychology knows that other arenas of
psychological expertise — family law,
educational policy, special education and
reproductive rights, for example — can
also help inform law and public policy,
and he’d like to see more submissions in
“My hope is to get psychologists thinking more broadly and
deeply about some of the implications of their research,” says
Lamb, who takes the journal’s reins in 2013.
Lamb has other plans to broaden the journal’s focus as well.
One is to increase the number of contributions by legal scholars
and policy analysts who recognize the value of evidence-based evaluation in such policy areas as sentencing guidelines,
educational policy and child-welfare interventions.
“People in the real world, making real-world decisions, often
have a different sense of the key questions than those of us
who approach it from the perspective
of psychological theory,” he says.
Dr. Michael E. Lamb
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse, N. Y.