Psychiatry & Behavioral Science November 2014 News Update

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Source: Karen Rosenbaum, M.D., Section Secretary

The Liaison with Forensic Sciences Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) met on Wednesday, October 22, at the 2014 AAPL Meeting held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

Robert Weinstock gave the presidential address at the opening ceremony of the AAPL conference entitled, “Is Staying Out of Trouble the Last Word in Forensic Psychiatric Ethics?” Jan Schwartz, Forensic Behavioral Scientist, Member of the section and international bestselling author of Last Summer with Oscar was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award on behalf of the Valparaiso University Alumni Association (VUAA), which was presented to her on the weekend of October 10-12, 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Schwartz.

Dean DeCrisce and Gregg Dwyer, Section Program Chair and Assistant Program Co-Chair, are excited about the program for the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section at the upcoming 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Dr. Decrisce wrote, “We have an exciting schedule of presentations both in our own section as well as represented in the breakfast and luncheon seminars and workshops. In our own section, we will begin with various interesting poster presentations on Wednesday. Thursday will begin the oral presentations in a joint session with Toxicology focusing on the psychological autopsy and suicide. We will continue the day with a session on aggression and institutions and finish the day with a number of presentations regarding sexual offenders and sexual behaviors. Friday will be equally exciting, opening with a presentation by our own section Fellow and AAFS President Daniel Martell, in a session on testamentary capacity, followed by other presentations about affirmative defenses and the detection of deception. A session on child and adolescent issues in the late morning on Friday is scheduled and the day will end with a session on white-collar organized crime. Oral presentations will conclude Saturday morning with a session on murder and suicide. We hope to see you all at these presentations and that you are considering topics for the following year.”

As Breakfast Seminars Chair, I am aware of many interesting and exciting breakfast seminars for the meeting including two geared toward our section.

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