EAPLS Founders


Julia Shaw, PhD

Position: EAPL-S Founder and Adjunct President

University of Bedfordshire, UK. Lecturer in Forensic Psychology.

Words of Wisdom: Many students do not get accepted into Masters or PhD programs the first time they apply. There are so many parts of the application process that while you can be a fantastic candidate overall you may still not make it onto the short list. There can be so many obstacles, like a particularly hard application cycle or university politics, that get in the way. Don't take it personal. While this is hard to do when you are rejected from the university of your choice, it is vital that you use this opportunity to enhance your application package for the following year. Ask a mentor or professor at the school you are applying to what kinds of candidates they are looking for and whether the admission committee disqualified you because of any weaknesses in your application. By having a year "off" because you did not get accepted into the school of your choice right away, you can gain relevant work experience, volunteer in labs, publish articles, look for funding and attend conferences. If your goal is graduate school, you can make it happen no matter what obstacles may be in your way.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." (Ghandi)

Jenny Schell, PhD Candidate

Position: EAPL-S Founder

University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Lecturer in Forensic Psychology.

Words of Wisdom: I believe that the key to success is always to believe in yourself and to follow your dreams. During my educational career I was more than once told ‘You can’t do that’ or ‘Your chances of achieving it are very small’. But I never gave up and never let other people discourage me. Although it was hard at times, I always had my dream in mind and kept fighting for it. Always inform yourself about different opportunities, ask people in similar situations for advice, keep asking questions about possibilities and always be optimistic. Even if something does not work out the way you want it to, for example getting rejected from graduate school, look for other ways and keep trying. Keep in mind that “when one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” (Alexander Graham Bell). ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND!

"Know and believe in yourself, and what others think won't disturb you." (William Feather)

Annelies Vredeveldt, PhD


Position: EAPL-S Founder

VU University, Amsterdam. Assistant Professor in Criminal Law & Criminology

Words of Wisdom: My advice is to look beyond your studies and your research to see how you can make an impact in practice. Do more than just what is required; actively seek out opportunities outside of the university (volunteering, internshops, organisations, etc) to make a difference in people's lives and become a more rounded individual along the way.