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362023Volume 36, Issue6November/December 2023
The November/December Observer: Bringing Science to Justice
Psychological scientists uncover the factors that can muddle criminal justice.

Presidential Column

Wendy Wood
University of Southern California
APS President 2023 - 2024
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Finding Opportunities in Research Administration

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The Observer is the online magazine of the Association for Psychological Science and covers matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology. The magazine reports on issues of interest to psychologist scientists worldwide and disseminates information about the activities, policies, and scientific values of APS.

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  • Finding Opportunities in Research Administration

    “I wasn't just an administrator shuffling paper. Instead, it’s about focusing on where research needs to be now and in 5 or 10 years. How do I build initiatives? How do I get leadership support? So, I wasn’t thinking about what research design can answer a specific study question. Instead, it’s a kind of visioning, what are the most important questions that science needs to answer?”  Dr. Christine Hunter, PhD, in clinical psychology, Former Acting Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH Wendy Wood, University of Southern California Graduate training in psychology largely prepares students to take academic positions despite the fact that over half of psychology PhDs take jobs and work in nonacademic settings. How do students prepare for and find the right jobs?

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