Dr. Itiel Dror IAFMHS Keynote Address

iafmhs logocmykDr. Itiel Dror presents keynote address on The Pitfalls in Forensic Assessments
and How to Overcome Them
at the 2016 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

This content is provided in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). Click these links for more information on IAFMHS or to become a member.

Dr. Itiel Dror

University College London

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist. Interested in the cognitive architecture that underpins expertise, he attained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994. His academic work relates to theoretical issues underlying human performance and cognition. Dror’s research examines the information processing involved in perception, judgment and decision-making. He has published over 100 research articles, and has been extensively cited in the American National Academy of Sciences Report on Forensic Science.

Dr. Dror has worked with the U.S. Air Force and in the medical domain, examining expert decision making and error. In the forensic domain he has demonstrated how contextual information can influence judgments and decision making of experts; he has shown that even fingerprint and DNA experts can reach different conclusions when the same evidence is presented within different extraneous contexts. Dr. Dror has worked with many US forensic laboratories (e.g., FBI, NYPD, LAPD, San Francisco PD) as well as in other countries (e.g., The UK, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, and Australia) in providing training and implementing cognitive best practices in evaluating forensic evidence. Dr. Dror was the Chair of the NIST forensic science human factor group, and is a member of the National Commission on Forensic Science human factor group.

AP-LS 2017 Presidential Address


Dr. David DeMatteo presented his Presidential address “AP-LS and the Field of Psychology-Law: A Blueprint for the Future” at the 2017 Annual American Psychology-Law Society meeting in Seattle. He discusses the development of AP-LS, examine the most pressing issues facing AP-LS and the psychology-law field, and discuss an agenda for moving the field and our organization forward.

About David DeMatteo

Professor DeMatteo’s research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, offender diversion, and drug-involved criminal offenders. His research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the American Psychology-Law Society. Professor DeMatteo received the 2013 Pennsylvania Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference Recognition Award in recognition of his research on diversion programs for drug-involved and mentally ill offenders.

Professor DeMatteo has published more than 90 articles and book chapters and seven books in his areas of interest. He is an associate editor for Law and Human Behavior, on the editorial boards of more than 10 journals, and a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals.  He has also given more than 150 conference presentations.

In addition to serving two terms as an American Psychological Association Council Representative for the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41), Dr. DeMatteo was chair of the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues in 2011.  He is a fellow of APA, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He was elected president of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41) in 2016.

He received his BA in psychology from Rutgers University, his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and his JD, magna cum laude, from the Villanova University School of Law.  He was also the executive editor of the Villanova Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Dr. DeMatteo is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts forensic mental health assessments of juveniles and adults on a variety of legal issues.

AP-LS Pre-Conference Workshops 2017

On Wednesday March 15h the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41, American Psychological Association) will be holding a day of pre-conference CE workshops at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle and we would love for you to join us. A total of 2 full-day and 4 half-day workshops will be presented by experts in the field. Workshops fill up fast so register today!

The AP-LS Annual Meeting is being held from March 16th-18st at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle. This meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics (e.g., forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma). Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program tailored to their interests. Please consider joining one of our committees to keep AP-LS responsive to members’ professional needs, as well as pressing social problems. We hope to see you there!

For a full description of the Pre-Conference full day and half day workshops, download the brochure here.



A ) How and Where Forensic Psychology and U.S. Immigration Policies Intersect: Best Practices, Ethics, and Challenges

Presenters: Claudia Antuña, PsyD, Philip Gibson, PhD, Leonora Cabrera, LMHC, Chris Strawn, JD

Intermediate skill level: The field of immigration presents clinicians and attorneys with challenges that mandate sensitivity to diversity and unique understanding of the
sociopolitical arena in which it operates. This particular vulnerable population is in need of professionals who understand the complexities of immigration law and how the forensic psychological evaluation is frequently the tool that can document trauma and the multiple ways human rights become violated. This workshop will present the interaction between both immigration law and psychology and how to best serve this unique population and maintain our mutual ethical standards.

7 CE Credits for Psychologists; 5.75 CLE Credits for Attorneys (Law & Legal)

B) Developments in Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction: Classification, Intervention Planning, Intervention, and Communication

Presenter: Kirk Heilbrun, PhD

Intermediate to advanced skill level: This workshop will focus on important conceptual and empirical developments in risk assessment for violence and offending. It will highlight these important developments over the last 25 years, focusing particularly on specialized measures of two kinds—actuarial and structured professional judgment—that are appropriate for use with adult offenders and juvenile offenders. The empirical evidence relevant to these specialized measures will be described. The integration of some of these measures toward four important steps in risk assessment–risk classification, risk factor identification, risk reducing needs assessment and intervention-planning, and risk communication–will be addressed. The delivery of empirically-supported interventions for risk management and longer- term risk reduction will also be described.

7 CE Credits for Psychologists


8:30 – 12:00PM

C) The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: How Lawyers and Forensic Clinicians Can Make the System Function Better

Presenter: Chris Slobogin, JD

Intermediate to advanced skill level: The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards are the product of four years of work by a 12-member interdisciplinary task force (four mental health professions, four lawyers, three professors and a judge) and three other groups within the ABA. They revise standards drafted in the 1980s. Promulgated in August, 2016 and consisting of over 90 black letter provisions, the new standards tackle a wide range of issues concerning the involvement of people with mental disability in the criminal justice system, including diversion and specialized courts, the role of mental health professionals, police, lawyers and correctional officials in cases involving people with mental disability, and the law and process associated with competency, insanity, commitment and capital and non-capital sentencing. This workshop will describe the genesis of the standards and explain their content, organized in terms of three goals: ensuring fair and humane treatment of people with mental disability, promoting reliability in cases involving mental condition, and protecting the autonomy and dignity of people with mental disability. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of legal, moral, research, and ethical issues relating to forensic practice in the criminal justice system.

D) Reducing Bias in Pursuit of More Objective and Accurate Forensic Evaluations

Presenters: Daniel Murrie, PhD, Tess Neal, PhD

Beginner skill level: The Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology direct forensic psychologists to strive for objectivity and minimize bias, particularly partisan biases associated with an adversarial legal system. But increasing research reveals that biases are deeply ingrained in ways that influence expert conclusions – even on ostensibly objective forensic tasks. This interactive workshop will review and provide experiential exercises to demonstrate common biases and ways they may compromise accuracy and objectivity. We will present empirical data and practical examples of adversarial allegiance and will suggest strategies for minimizing bias at several levels: individual opinion formation, case management and practice procedures, and system-wide interventions.

3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists; 3.5 CLE Credits for Attorneys (2.5 Ethics; 1 Other) | 3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists




E) Structure & Substance in Sentencing: Legal, Psychological, & Mitigation Elements of Miller Proceedings

Presenters: Susan Knight, PhD, ABPP, Zoe Jones, JD, Laura Young, JD

Intermediate skill level: This workshop will detail sentencing proceedings per the holding in Miller v. Alabama, as related to the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole for homicide offenses. The workshop will cover pertinent issues related to both new (post-Miller) and retroactive sentencing. Adoption of a team approach will be presented, with the inclusion of an attorney, a forensic psychologist, and a mitigation specialist, whom all have experience with Miller proceedings and related sentencing issues. Core legal, psychological and mitigation perspectives will be discussed, with inclusion of case examples for practical application of workshop material.

F)  The Essentials of Developing, Growing, and Sustaining a Private Practice in Forensic Psychology: Soup to Nuts

Presenters: Virginia Barber-Rioja, PhD, Jessica Pearson, PsyD, Chriscelyn Tussey, PsyD, ABPP

Intermediate skill level: Despite an abundance of psychologists working in private practice, many have had minimal, if any, training or coursework on how to start or manage such a business, and guidance and mentoring can be difficult to obtain, especially in a niche such as forensic psychology. Illustrative case examples will be utilized to achieve three goals: 1) to candidly explore the advantages and challenges of private practice; 2) to provide the basics on how to start, grow, and maintain a practice, and 3) to explore a sample of the ethical and practical issues that arise when working in a private practice setting.

3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists; 3.25 CLE Credits for Attorneys (Law & Legal) | 3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists



EARLY BIRD WORKSHOP RATES Save up to $30 if you register before Jan 31!


Member $200 Non-Member $250

Student Member $80 Student Non-Member $100


Member $100 Student Member $40 Non- Member $125 Student Non-Member $50

For more information or to register, please visit ap-ls.wildapricot.org/APLS2017

AP-LS 2016 Presidential Address


Dr. Jennifer Woolard presented her Presidential address Engaging Science, Engaging Justice at the 2016 Annual Americal Psychology-Law Society meeting in Atlanta. She discusses ways in which AP-LS engages issues of social justice both internally to the organization and externally in policy, advocacy, and practice.




About Jennifer Woolard

Jennifer Woolard began her career at the National Victims Resource Center. While obtaining her doctoral degree in developmental and community psychology at the University of Virginia she also served as a victim-witness volunteer in the county police department, a staff member to the Virginia Commission on Family Violence Prevention and a consultant with Virginians Against Domestic Violence (now Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance) . She then joined the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and became an assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Center for Studies in Criminology and Law.

In 2002 she joined the psychology faculty at Georgetown University where she serves as co-director of their graduate program, supervising the Human Development and Public Policy track. Her research and action laboratory, the Georgetown Community Research Group, examines how individuals and families interact with systems in communities, including how first responders and veterans receive mental health treatment. Her Center for Research on Adolescence, Women, and the Law concentrates on care and control systems, including the juvenile and criminal justice systems and schools. Projects examine how youth and parents understand the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to a trial. Dr. Woolard has testified as an expert before federal and state legislatures as well as in criminal cases. She has presented her research findings to a wide variety of academic, legal, and policy audiences, and won several awards for teaching excellence.

Safer Communities, Safer Relationships: Generating Solutions for Reducing Persistent Violence and Other Serious Offending

Persistent violence and other serious offending behaviour has a devastating  effect on victims, family members, society and the perpetrators themselves. Finding effective solutions to reduce the incidence and severity of offending requires a cross-disciplinary focus. Only with a concerted and ongoing effort can we succeed in reducing the effects of these behaviours in our societies.

This international conference, co-hosted by Professor Rosemary Sheehan AM (Department of Social Work, Monash University) and Professor James Ogloff AM, brings together policy contributors, interdisciplinary practitioners, decision makers, advocates, and researchers to examine various aspects of serious offending and violence. The aim of the conference is to share research, practice and policy developments; to stimulate critical examination of the multifaceted causal issues; and to foster ongoing learning and collaborations.

The conference will give particular attention to the following themes:

  • Understanding violence and other serious offenses
  • Desistance from crime and community reintegration
  • Effective law and policy developments for managing and reducing offending Intimate partner and family violence
  • Solutions for severe and persistent young offenders
  • ‘Crossover kids’ – from protection to offending
  • Origins of violence and its life course
  • Neurobiology of violence
  • Mental illness, substance misuse, disability and violence
  • Effective interventions with perpetrators
  • Family law
  • Child protection

Abstracts are now invited on these themes and other relevant topics.

Instructions and a template are on the conference website.

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Monash University Centre in Prato, in the beautiful 18th century Palazzo Vaj, just 20 minutes from Florence, in Tuscany, Italy.


Conference website: www.swinburne.edu.au/prato2017

Brochure: https://s3.amazonaws.com/CONCEPT/2017+CFBS+Conference+Safer+Communities+Safer+Relationships.pdf

Further information about the conference will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. If you wish to be notified of updates, or have any queries please contact: info-cfbs@swin.edu.au


IAFMHS 2017 Conference | Call for Submissions

IAFMHS 2017 Conference

Call for Submissions


IAFMHS is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2017 Conference, taking place June 13-15, 2017 at the beautiful Le Méridien Lav in Split, Croatia. The theme of this year’s conference is Forensic Mental Health Across Borders:  Challenges in a Changing World.

The submission portal is scheduled to open on October 15, 2016 and will have a FIRM deadline of November 30, 2016. For details and instructions about the submission process, please visit our website or click HERE.

For inquiries related to the submission process and conference program, please email us at 2017conference@iafmhs.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to Split, Croatia in 2017!

The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services

APA’s 125th Annual Convention

Are you ready to present your exciting results from interesting work in the area of psychology and the law? Consider submitting programming for the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association to be held Aug 3 – 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C.!

The American Psychology – Law Society (APA Division 41) invites presentations from any area that involves the intersection between psychology and the law (e.g., practice, teaching, research, policy, law, community outreach). We will accept proposals in the following formats: symposia, individual papers, skill-building sessions, conversation hours, and posters.

All topics will be considered and we especially encourage proposals that translate research findings into clinical applications, practical, and/or policy implications. 

Please note that dual submissions are not being accepted at this time. A dual submission is one in which the same research is presented at more than one conference. You cannot submit a proposal that has already been submitted to another conference.

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal to this conference.

Proposals must be submitted through the APA convention website by December 1, 2017 (5pm EST): http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx. If directly clicking on the link does not work, you can copy and paste the link directly into your web browser.

More information about this convention, proposal format, and requirements can be found at: http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdf

If you have questions, please contact one of the co-chairs for the Division 41 program: 

Monica K. Miller, JD, PhD 

University of Nevada, Reno 

Mailstop 214; Ansari Business 611 

Reno, NV 89557 

Office: 775-784-6021 


Twila Wingrove, JD, PhD 

Appalachian State University

112C Smith-Wright Hall

Boone, NC 28608

Office: 828-262-2272 x440



AP-LS Conference 2016

 American Psychology-Law Society Conference 2016

The American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting will be March 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics such as: forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma. Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program they can tailor to their interests.

For the pre-conference workshop brochure, click here.

For more information, visit the AP-LS Annual Conference page.

Within-Conference CEs

Registration is still open for within-conference CE credit. There is a $35 administrative fee for this service, which entitles you to earn up to 21.25 hours of CE credit. The process is easy, all it requires is for you to register your contact information on the CONCEPT site. Then during the conference (or after the conference is over), complete an evaluation form for each session you attend and print your certificate(s).

For detailed information on within-conference CE’s, please visit the CONCEPT AP-LS page.

If you would like to register for within-conference CE’s, click here.

Register Now for AP-LS 2016 Within-Conference CEs

apls-iconRegistration is now open for within-conference CE Credits at the AP-LS annual meeting in Atlanta

CONCEPT is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits for some of the sessions at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). We do this as a service to our profession as many of our colleagues appreciate the ability to receive CE credit for attending this conference.

The 2016 Conference will be held in Atlanta from March 10 – 12, 2016.

There is a $35 administrative fee for this service, which entitles you to earn up to 21.25 hours of CE credit. The process is easy, all it requires is for you to register your contact information on the CONCEPT site. Then during the conference (or after the conference is over), complete the evaluation forms for the sessions you attend and print your CE certificate(s).

For detailed information on within-conference CE’s, please visit the CONCEPT AP-LS page.

If you would like to register for within-conference CE’s, click here.




Early Registration Ends January 31st for 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Conference

2016 American Psychology-Law Society Conference

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree ST. NW

Atlanta, GA

March 10-12, 2016


The preliminary 2016 AP-LS conference schedule is now available here:  http://ap-ls.wildapricot.org/AP-LS-Conference-2016

As a reminder, Early Bird Registration ends January, 31, 2016, register now to save on registration fees.  Please register online via the American Psychology-Law Society website.

Hotel registration for the 2016 conference is now open. Please book online via the American Psychology-Law Society website.

Student committee sponsored fun run registration is now open, please submit the form to Kathy Gaskey via email (apls@ec.rr.com), fax: (910) 933-4018 or mail (American Psychology-Law Society, PO Box 11488, Southport, NC 28461) by Feb. 13, 2016.

The AP-LS Continuing Education Committee has put together a program of diverse and innovative full and half day workshops to take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, eligible for up to 7 hours of CE credit.

This is a friendly reminder that the Early Bird Rate for the AP-LS Pre-Conference Workshops is only available until January 16. Space is limited in each workshop, so register now to secure your spot and save on workshop registration fees.

 NOTE: If you would like to register for a workshop only and NOT the annual AP-LS conference, please email Kathy Gaskey at apls@ec.rr.com.

All conference information, registration forms can be found on the American Psychology-Law Society Website.