Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—December 2020

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Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary

73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting

We are all excited about AAFS having its first Virtual Conference with the VFairs platform February 15-19, 2021. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. With pre-registration having a discount of 50% off and loads of meeting features being free, who can miss this year?! When you register members and non-members, you get Plenary Session, Student Academy, Interdisciplinary Symposium, Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Address, and Young Forensic Scientist Forum free. Also, Case Break Sessions in the morning and evening have some free options. Never feel like you have time to socialize with colleagues and see the exhibits? The program features an all-virtual lounge and Exhibit Hall. Check out all the exciting things this year and download the 2021 Advance Program. This annual meeting has more than 550 oral presentations and over 375 poster presentations. The deadline for pre-registration is January 18, 2021. Check out the 2021 Annual Meeting page for the registration fees.

Section Business Meeting

The Section Business Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Don’t miss the meeting as the Richard Rosner Best Paper award winner, Kathryn A. Cunningham, PsyD, will be presenting her paper during the virtual meeting. Don’t miss the presentation along with our general business and voting.

Psychiatric & Behavioral Science Program Highlights

  • Tuesday, February 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. is Workshop #18—Competency to Stand Trial: Nuances in Competency Assessments.
  • The Scientific Session starts on Thursday, February 18, with Session I being held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and Session II from 1:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Session III is on Friday, February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Several of the oral presentations hit hot topics such as the impact of the present pandemic from different perspectives, including the study of psychological consequences for professionals involved, along with the modifications to work, court, and prison environments. Other exciting topics include the insanity defense and testimony, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma, Murder and Aggression, Missing Person Search, and the Neuropsychological Effects of Exogenous Agents Exposure.
  • The Poster Session has 12 great presentations from our section ranging from criminal behavior analysis to the relationship between personality and religion, as well as victimology or behaviors related to accidental deaths or suicides. Posters will have more time to be viewed this meeting with viewing from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at any time during the meeting week and meeting registration. Poster presenting authors will be available for discussion on Thursday, February 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please forward any program questions to Program Chair Dr. Giuseppe “Jimmy” Troccoli ( or Program Co-Chair Dr. Jessica Morel (

International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

The International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, coordinated by Dr. Gary Chaimowitz and Dr. Sebastian Prat continue to offer a free weekly seminar on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. EST. To register, use the following link (register here) or visit

International Journal of Risk and Recovery

The most recent issue of The International Journal of Risk and Recovery is available at This is a peer-reviewed journal that is free to all; check out their most recent and older issues. Also, don’t forget the Risk and Recovery Forensic Conference, Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) will be virtual this year and take place in April 2021. Information will be available soon at (stay tuned).

International Association of Forensic Sciences

The International Association of Forensic Sciences Triennial Meeting that was to be in Sydney, Australia, is at this time postponed to 2023. Stay tuned for the new call for abstracts in a few months ( If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Sebastien Prat (