Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—November 2018

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Source: R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD, Section Secretary

The following is news from members of our section and general section reminders.

Dean De Crisce, in his role as the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) Forensic Science Committee Chair, provided the following: “The AAPL Committee for Liaison with Forensic Science met at the annual AAPL meeting in Austin, TX. We discussed various topics, primary among them was to determine the role that our committee might play in adding to AAPL’s special interest groups. Suggestions included promoting interdisciplinary efforts within the forensic science community, as well as assisting with efforts to play a role in the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations in the development of forensic standards that are applicable to the behavioral sciences. AAPL has become a member of that organization as the result of AAPL Past President, and our own Past Chair, Christopher Thompson’s vision for forensic psychiatry in the future. This was further elucidated in his AAPL Presidential Address, “A Seat at the Table,” which provided a view of the future of forensic expertise as well as astonishing changes to forensic mental health, possible through artificial intelligence.

Other topics discussed in the committee meeting included topics for possible presentations for the AAPL 2019 annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Proposed panels included presentations on parricide, using law enforcement and criminalistics experts in an interdisciplinary activity, or psychological autopsies, collaborating with members from AAFS’s Toxicology and Pathology/Biology sections. Given AAPL Past President Thompson’s address, a presentation on the direction of AI, and its impact on the forensic community, might be considered, recruiting participants from Digital & Multimedia Sciences, Jurisprudence, and Anthropology.

If any AAFS members who are also members of AAPL are interested in becoming members of this AAPL committee, please write to Dean De Crisce at”

Raymond Hamden, a Fellow of our section, is the author of the recently published Psychology of Terrorists: Profiling and CounterAction (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishers 2018). Henry Lee, AAFS Distinguished Fellow, wrote the foreword. Per the description, the book “categorizes terrorists, considers identifying aspects, and examines Rapport-Based Intervention through real-time experience.”

Vincenzo Lusa and Annarita Franza published “Visualizing Chemistry. The Application of Chemical Imaging to Address Scientific Challenges in Space Research” in Substantia.

Paul Fedoroff has had several recent publications, including: Azoulay, N., Murphy, L., Winder, B., & Fedoroff, J.P. “Circles of Support and Accountability,” International Review of Psychiatry; Bourget, D., Labelle, A., Bradford, J.M.W., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “Sex Chromosome Abnormality and Sexual Behavior: Selective Treatment Approaches – A Case Series of 5 Klinefelter’s Men,” EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 7(8), 586-594; Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “More Puzzles: A response to Seto’s (2017) ‘The Puzzle of Male Chronophilias,’ ” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-3; Fedoroff, J.P., Murphy, L., & Ly, T. (2018). “The Royal’s Sexual Behaviours Clinic (SBC): Changing Perspectives,” Russian Journal of Psychiatry, (2), 56-62; Knack, N., Winder, B., Murphy, L., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse,” International Review of Psychiatry; Ly, T., Dwyer, R.G., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “Characteristics and Treatment of Internet Child Pornography Offenders,” Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 36(2), 216-234; Murphy, L., Bradford, J.M., Kuban, M., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “Penile Tumescence and Viewing Time as Measures of Sexual Interest and Arousal” in F.M., Saleh, A.J. Grudzinskas, J.M. Bradford, & D.J. Brodsky, Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Legal Issues, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 412-424; Murphy, L., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2018). “Problematic Sexual Interests and Sex Crimes” in N. Boyd (2ndEd), Understanding Crime in Canada. Emond Montgomery Publications, Toronto, ON.

Paul Fedoroff recently won Ottawa’s 10th Annual Community Safety Innovation Award for Crime Prevention and The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group Royal Angel Award for “Exceptional Patient Care.”

Please be sure to make plans to attend the annual meeting February 18-23, 2019, at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

When you have noteworthy accomplishments, articles, presentations, and research endeavors relevant to our section, please send them to the Section Secretary at

As always, please consider an application to upgrade your status to Member or Fellow, as applicable. Please invite your colleagues to join us and participate in AAFS.