Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – July 2016

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Source: Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary

We hope folks are enjoying their summer. Please consider preparing submissions now for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in exciting New Orleans, LA, this coming February. The firm deadline for abstract submission is August 1, so please update your AAFS web contact information and gather your co-presenter information in preparation for submission(s).

Varendra Gosein, Section Program Chair, has introduced himself with the following submission:

“I am thrilled to be serving as the Chair of the Program Committee this year for the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section. We are looking forward to the next annual AAFS meeting in New Orleans. We hope to have some excellent speakers. Also, given the great quality of the submissions last year, I am confident we will have some incredible ones again this year.

In keeping with the theme, Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science, we are hoping to receive a variety of submissions, ranging from current practices and issues to new and innovative approaches to the field. Again, we are very excited about this upcoming year’s program and we hope that you consider submitting for a poster or an oral presentation.”

We also encourage members of the section to seek promotion, if applicable, from Associate Member to Member or from Member to Fellow by October 1. Criteria for promotion are listed on the AAFS website at

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our own Christopher Thompson, Fellow-At-Large for our section, was nominated for the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) President-Elect for 2016-17. If he is elected this coming October, which is very likely, he would then serve as President in 2017-18. The AAPL is a major organization for forensic psychiatry in the United States and even abroad. Congratulations, Dr. Thompson.

Carla Rodgers was awarded the Arnold P. Goldman Volunteer Faculty Award for 2015 at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Raymond Hamden was featured in an article in the UAE Psychology Newsletter (Vol 6 (1) May 2016) titled, “Working as an Expert Witness in the Court.” The editor wrote: “… Dr. Hamden is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over forty years of experience. His contribution to psychology, particularly in the Middle East, has been remarkable. He has held executive positions in international professional organizations and led Psychology Subject Matter Expert Panels for government and global systems. His publications include several chapters in books and many pop psychology articles. In manuscript form are: “Balanced-4-Life: Before Burn Out”; “Psychology of Terrorists: Profiling”; and “Relationship Awareness and Enhancement.” He is the host of In the Psychologist’s Chair, a media program registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which débuted in 2003 with H. E. Benazir Bhutto as the first VIP guest.”

Our section is relatively small in comparison to other sections. We depend on recruitment efforts by all our members. If you are in a training position, please introduce your trainees to this organization, encourage them to present at our next meeting, and apply for membership. Let your colleagues know about our important and prestigious Academy.

As always, if you wish to submit anything to this newsletter that is of relevance to our section or to forensic science, please send that information to