Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – January 2016

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We hope that you all have made plans to join us at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas in February. We will be welcoming some new section members as well as promoting Members and Fellows.  We’re looking forward to spending time with everyone.

Program Chair Gregg Dwyer reports: Our section conference lineup will provide a cross section of topics covering criminal, civil, research, adult, juvenile, and many other subjects of interest. Specific to the 2016 meeting theme, Transformation: Embracing Change, we have presentations on the ethics of capital punishment in the 21st century, management of sex offenders in the community, a proposed model for assessing sadistic offending, new genetic links to behavior, challenges for forensic science with the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and new perspective on the role of forensic science and sexual disorders. In addition, presenters will be addressing new programs for the treatment of substance abuse for persons on probation, success of prison training programs, repeated assessments for competency, treatment for combat veterans accused of domestic violence, and reducing violence among patients in psychiatric inpatient units.

These are but a few of the opportunities for attendees to expand their knowledge bases, to consider modifying or expanding their practices, and to stay at the cutting edge of our field. All can expect to be educated and challenged with innovations and topics worthy of debate and discussion. We will be well represented across the disciplines of our section and with presenters from around the globe. You will recognize some frequent, well-received clinicians and researchers, as well as some new to the Academy who will debut their work for your feedback.

In other section news, Raymond Hamden gave the Keynote Address entitled “Psychology of Terrorists: 4 Types” for the Perioperative Education for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New York on November 7.

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