Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2020

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Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Secretary

Deadlines are Approaching for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting
The deadline for submissions for the AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting has been extended to September 1. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence and will be held February 15-20, 2021 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Click HERE for information on how to submit an abstract. Please email Program Chair Giuseppe “Jimmy” Troccoli ( or Program Co-Chair Jessica Morel ( with any questions.

Academy Cup News
Come join the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section’s team for the Academy Cup competition which will be held Wednesday, February 17. This event it is always fun and exciting. Please let Section Chair Dean De Crisce ( or Section Secretary Eleanor Vo ( know if you would like to be on the team. Even if you can’t attend the Academy Cup, you can submit questions to be included. This year there are some exciting changes. Along with written submissions, which are due into the program by August 15, there is also the addition of 15-second long video questions which are due by July 15. There is also “Mascot Madness” which can be a stuffed animal, someone dressed up, or another creative idea. The fun continues with the Reception Question Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday evening. Come show your support or join the team. The deadline for completion of the team list is December 1. The section that wins the Academy Cup will be announced during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 17.

Awards Reminder
This is a reminder to all section members regarding the Richard Rosner Award for the Best Paper by a Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry or Forensic Psychology.

The winner’s award consists of:

  • Free membership dues for one year in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section of the AAFS (author must meet membership requirements & finish the application process);
  • Free registration to the next AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting;
  • Acceptance of the paper for presentation at the next AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting, in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section;
  • Free online subscription for one year to the Journal of Forensic Sciences;
  • A cash award of $500 to the author;
  • A plaque affirming the author’s award, presented at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting.

To apply for the award, please submit each of the following items:

  • the paper being submitted for consideration;
  • the author’s curriculum vitae;
  • a letter from the director of the author’s forensic fellowship program, affirming the author was a forensic fellow, and the year of that forensic fellowship.

Submissions and questions should be submitted to Christopher Drake at by email or can be mailed to him at American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

You are also encouraged to submit nominees for the Maier I. Tuchler Award in Psychiatry & Behavioral Science.

Congratulations are Due!
Conner Darby was elected as the President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatrist (ASAP). Also, Jimmy Troccoli  has been working on the regional task force for suicidal risk evaluation and prevention with prison inmates during COVID-19, all while working on another regional task force to evaluate aggression risk within incarcerated psychiatric patients. Keep up the great work!