July 2015 Psychiatry & Behavioral Science News

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Source: Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary

We are looking forward to creating a fantastic meeting this coming February 22-27, 2016, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! The theme, chosen by AAFS President Victor Weedn, is Transformation: Embracing Change. As you know, the paper/poster submission is due by August 1, so as the time approaches, make sure to update your AAFS Web Account and consider contact with other sections for interesting multidisciplinary presentations. If you are interested in moderating sessions or otherwise participating, please contact Section Program Chair Gregg Dwyer or Section Secretary Dean De Crisce and we can help direct you. Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, perhaps more than any other field, has been rapidly changing and transforming, so this is a great topic for us.

In section news, Carla Rogers, a clinical associate professor at Cooper Medical School (a new institution in New Jersey which will be graduating its first medical school class in 2016).  Along with one of the psychiatry residents from Cooper, Dr. Will Rivera presented a workshop, “Improving Access to Care for Dangerous Patients Before They Commit Violent Crimes,” at the World Psychiatric Congress in Madrid, Spain, this past September 2014. The workshop was very well attended with standing room only.

On June 15, AAFS Fellow and forensic psychiatry pioneer, Robert Sadoff, published a new book (Oxford University Press), titled The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry: History, Current Developments, Future Directions. A number of members of AAFS, including Richard Rosner, contributed to this work which includes the history of the development of fellowships in forensic psychiatry and the original American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, a joint effort by AAFS and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).

Section Program Chair Gregg Dwyer was appointed to a second term as Sexual Disorders Section Editor of Current Psychiatry Reports and has recently published two new articles: “Sexually Violent Predators and Civil Commitment: Is Selection Evidence-Based?” in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and “Assessment of Problematic Sexual Interests with the Penile Plethysmograph: An Overview of Assessment Laboratories” in Current Psychiatry Reports.

In other section news this month, Section Chair Karen Rosenbaum is presenting on “Capital Punishment and Forensic Psychiatry: Ethical Implications” at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health conference in Vienna. Board of Directors Section Representative Christopher Thompson is now the Vice President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Be sure to explore our new AAFS News Feed which will replace the Academy News newsletter. This News Feed can be accessed at http://news.aafs.org/ and is an impressive resource, including up-to-date events of relevance to the forensic community, information on each section, job postings, and course information.

We continue to welcome the submission of news items for the AAFS News Feed and this column from our members. Please submit these items to Dean De Crisce, Section Secretary, at decrisce.md@gmail.com. As always, if you are aware of colleagues or trainees who may be interested in our organization or participating in our conferences, please encourage them to apply.