Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2022

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Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary

Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including:

  • Eleanor Vo
  • Annual Conference
  • Diversity Outreach Committee
  • Educational Activities
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Recent Publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences


Dr. Eleanor Vo

I would like to start by acknowledging the memory of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Eleanor Vo. We learned a few weeks ago of the passing of Eleanor. Most of you are already aware of this sad news. Eleanor was the Chair of our section after spending many years within the Academy in different capacities. It was always a pleasure to meet her at the Annual Conference, and particularly to spend time with her at the Academy Cup. I was looking forward to working alongside her and receive her guidance for our section. Her energy and enthusiasm will be dearly missed. My thoughts go to her family. For those who wish to financially support her family, you can go onto


Annual Conference

The annual conference is fast approaching. Make sure to book your registration prior to the rate increase on January 22.

This year, Dr. Jessica Morel (Program Chair) and Dr. Corina Freitas (Program Co-Chair) have been in charge of organizing our section presentations. You can find the schedule of our section here.  Particularly on Friday, you will have a joint session (Digital & Multimedia Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science).

You are encouraged to also register for the section’s lunch that will take place Wednesday, February 23.

Some key items on the schedule:

  • Section Lunch – Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 12pm to 1.30pm
  • Section Business Meeting – Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 2pm to 3:45pm
  • Section Reception – Wednesday. Feb. 23, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Section Presentation – Thursday, Feb.24 to Friday February 25


Diversity Outreach Committee

The Diversity Outreach Committee is looking for a member from our section. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, or if you have any questions prior to making a decision, please let me know.


Educational Activities

International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series
The International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series is organized by the Forensic Psychiatry Program at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Weekly lectures of various forensic mental health topics are on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST. Registration is required, but attendance is free.

Law and Mental Health Lecture Series
The Law and Mental Health Lecture Series is organized by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of New Mexico. Weekly lectures on various forensic mental health topics are on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MDT. Registration is required, but attendance is free.



Please find below a list of selected conferences for 2022. Some of them have their abstract submission deadlines closing soon.

April 2022

Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL)
April 3-6, 2022 (Banff)

May 2022

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
May 21-25, 2022 (New Orleans; June 7-10 online)

August 2022

World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
August 3-6, 2022 (Bangkok)

September 2022

Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)
September 11-15, 2022 (Brisbane)

October 2022

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
October 26-29, 2022

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)
October 27-30, 2022 (New Orleans)

Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA)
October 27-29, 2022 (Toronto)


Recent Journal of Forensic Sciences Publications

In case you missed it, find below the articles published in the Section Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of JFS. The affiliation of the first author is specified in bracket.

2021, Vol. 6, Iss. 4

  • Guidelines for determining restorability of competency to stand trial and recommendations for involuntary treatment. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1201-1209 by Cochrane et al. (USA)
  • Predictors of varying levels of risks posed by fixated individuals to British public figures. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1364-1376 by Gill et al. (UK)
  • Are forensic scientists too risk averse?. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1377-1400 by Mannering et al. (USA)


2021, Vol. 6, Iss. 5

  • Criminal mutilation in Sweden from 1991 to 2017. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1788-1796 by Guggenheimer et al. (Sweden)
  • Similar crimes, similar behaviors? Comparing lone-actor terrorists and public mass murderers. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 1797– 1804 by Gill et al. (UK)
  • Psychiatric and legal considerations in cases of Fetal Abduction by Maternal Evisceration. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 1805– 1817 by Welner et al. (USA)
  • Maternal filicide and mental illness: A descriptive study of 17 women hospitalized in a French secure unit over a 24-year period. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 1818– 1828 by Raymond et al. (France)
  • Profiles of juveniles with sex offense charges referred for competence evaluations. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1829-1840 by Cunningham et al. (USA)
  • Investigation of patterns and dynamics of substance users: A long-term toxicology study on a sample of the Greek population between 2005 and 2019. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 1841– 1854 by Karakasi et al. (Greece)
  • Mass violence planned as ultimate leisure experience? Four diverse cases. J Forensic Sci, 66: 2041-2047 by Williams et al. (USA)
  • Matricide, parricide, and filicide: Are major mental disorders or personality disorders involved? Assessment of criminal responsibility in Brazilian cases. J Forensic Sci, 66: 2048-2053 by Valença et al. (Brasil)
  • Mother–daughter incest: A brief review of literature and case report. J Forensic Sci, 66: 2054-2059 by Sancak et al. (Turkey)
  • An unusual case of serial poisoning of family members. J Forensic Sci, 66: 2060-2066 by Rossetto et al. (Italy)


2021, Vol. 6, Iss. 6

  • Criminal behavior and mental illness in the Arab world. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 2092– 2103 by Albarbari et al. (Saudi Arabia)
  • The dual mediating roles of impulsivity and emotion regulation of the borderline personality disorder-violence relationship: A structural equation modeling approach. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 2329– 2339 by Wojciechowski (USA)
  • Psychopathy, temperament, and character dimensions of personality as risk determinants of criminal recidivism in schizophrenia patients. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 2340– 2353 by Balcioglu et al. (Turkey)
  • Online child pornography offender risk assessment using digital forensic artifacts: The need for a hybrid model. J Forensic Sci. 2021; 66: 2354– 2361 by Rogers et al. (USA)