Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News

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Source:  Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary

We hope to see you all very shortly at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. Please join us for our section luncheon, followed by our business meeting on Wednesday, February 15. Our poster and oral presentations will provide a very stimulating array of different subtopics in our field. Thank you to Varin Gosein and Paul Federoff for their work in setting up this year’s program.

We are very proud to announce that three presentations in our section will be considered for the FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award:

  1. “Relationship of Oxytocin (OXT) and the Serotonin Transporter (5-HTT) Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Antisocial Behavior” by Elizabeth Chesna, BS, on Thursday, February 16, at 4:10 p.m.
  2. “Psychological Assessment in Forensic Context:  Detection Deception Within a Mixed Perspective” by Francisco Valente Gonçalves, MSc, on Friday, February 17, at 11:05 a.m.
  3. “The Dangerous Patient:  Is It Ever Ethical Not to Give Informed Consent?” by William C. Darby, MD, on Friday, February 17 at 3:50 p.m.

We wish the best of luck to all.

In section news, Giuseppe Troccoli is an International Affairs Committee liaison member. As such, if any of our section’s international members need some assistance during the meeting, please feel free to contact him at or by phone at +39 (335) 661-2409.

Felice Carabellese, of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, was the director of a post-graduate course for mental health professionals entitled “Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Violent Behavior of Mentally Ill Offenders.” At the end of the course, he organized the symposium, “Mental Illness Offenders Treatment Models: Italy, USA, UK in Comparison” and invited some expert speakers from other countries to debate on their own model.

Gregg Dwyer was 1) appointed Chair of the Law Enforcement Liaison Committee of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL); 2) the host for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research; and 3) awarded research grants for an investigation on emergency medical services and reducing the impact of behavioral health crises, and, along with Paul Federoff, an investigation on the impact of substance use among sexual offenders.

Dr. Dwyer was a Section Editor for the Sexual Disorders section of Current Psychiatry Reports. He also published two recent journal articles:

  1. DeHart D, Dwyer G, Seto MC, Moran R, Letourneau E, & Schwarz-Watts D. (2016). Internet sexual solicitation of children: A proposed typology of offenders based on their chats, e-mails, and social network posts. Journal of Sexual Aggression.
  2. Dwyer RG, Seto M, DeHart D, Letourneau E, McKee T, Moran R. (2016). Protecting Children Online: Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations. Technical Report. U.S. Department of Justice Document No.: 250154 and Award Number: 2011-MC-CX-0002.

Janet Schwartz was invited to speak on the “Psychology of White-Collar Criminals” at the Ohio Society of CPA’s Forensic & Fraud Conference that was held in Columbus, OH, on December 14, 2016.

Christopher Thompson, our Section Member at Large on the AAFS Board of Directors, has served this past year as Workshop Chair for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Correctional psychiatrists are invited to participate in AAPL’s 2017 Annual Meeting held in October in Denver. There will be a dedicated “correctional track” of presentations on October 28, as well as other relevant presentations throughout the meeting, addressing the unique challenges faced by correctional psychiatrists. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations related to interesting clinical dilemmas or innovative management strategies for patients in the criminal justice system. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1. For more information, please see:

Finally, we need people to participate in our section team for the Academy Cup on Wednesday morning, February 15, from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Please email me if you are able to attend the event. It’s a fun team effort, and we will have a few laughs. Last year we were one of the winners. We cannot do this event without a number of participants.

Please send any news, questions, or your intent to participate in the Academy Cup to me at As always, please alert your colleagues to the Academy.

Best regards,

Dean De Crisce