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Sources: Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, and Joseph Levi White, MS, Program Committee Chair and Co-Chair
The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section and the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section are planning a joint interdisciplinary session for the upcoming 2022 AAFS meeting. Some ideas discussed include presenting case studies involving digital evidence and following up with related information/research from a behavioral science perspective.
The committee believes it would be interesting to present a case study, then follow-up with an understanding of what this evidence suggests from a behavioral perspective. For example, in a case where the digital evidence suggests organization, hoarding/collecting behavior, and the offender claimed to have a sex addiction, the DMS section would present the case study involving the digital evidence and would work with the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science section to include a discussion concerning sex addiction and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) behavior.
Other topics of interest include:
- Cases involving new social media applications (e.g., OnlyFans)
- COVID-19-facilitated crimes, including fraud (fake vaccine cards, COVID/vaccine scams), live-streaming abuse, and sextortion
- Digital evidence cases highlighting the psychological effects on victims
- Digital evidence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Secondary Traumatic Stress
- Linking digital evidence and offender traits
We are looking for abstract submissions related to these topics in support of this joint session. As a friendly reminder, the abstract deadline was recently extended to September 1, 2021. All relevant submissions are welcomed and will be considered.
If you are interested in presenting a potential case/idea, paired with an expert from the Psychiatry and Behavioral Science section, we are happy to assist!