Psychiatry & Behavioral Science News — October 2016

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Source:  Dean M. De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary

As we enter the fall season, we hope you have all had a nice summer.  Submissions for presentations at our 2017 annual conference have been completed and organized into a stimulating program. Varin Gosein, our section’s program chair, reported:

This year, we have a very exciting program.  Our topics will range from presentations about abuse and crimes against children, violence and psychopathy, to ethics of communication and consent.  We also have a number of presentations designed to further our understanding of the legal framework.

Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and grow current and future concepts which constantly shape and mold our field.  Our presenters will represent multiple disciplines from across the globe, including a number of well-recognized experts in our field.  We look forward to a great meeting.

In additional news, Richard Rosner, past AAFS President, reported that this year there is no winner of the Richard Rosner Award For the Best Paper by a Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry or Forensic Psychology; however, there are two winners of Honorable Mention in this year’s contest:  Dr. Subhash Chandra of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania for the paper Computational Analysis of Hindi Suicide Notes Using SNARE and Dr. Samuel Jordon House of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for the paper Preliminary Study of Testosterone and Empathy in Determining Recidivism and Antisocial Behavior.

Two members of our AAFS Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, Richard Rosner and Robert Weinstock, were re-certified by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry at the March 2016 convention of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.  Connor Darby has been elected treasurer and appointed to chair their ethics committee.

Finally, please note that the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law will be meeting this year in Portland, OR, October 27-30.

This newsletter will represent the last electronic digest.  Be sure to explore the AAFS News Feed, which has replaced this electronic newsletter.  The News Feed can be accessed at 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 News Feed from our members. Please submit these items to Dean De Crisce, Section Secretary, at As always, if you are aware of colleagues or trainees that may be interested in our organization or in participating in our conferences, please encourage them to join.