Psychiatry & Behavioral Science—July 2021

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary

Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including:

  • AAFS Annual Conference
  • The Richard Rosner Award (submission deadline extended until August 1)
  • Other educational activities
  • Upcoming conferences
  • Most recent publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences

AAFS Annual Conference

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section's Scientific Program

Next year, the AAFS Annual Conference will take place in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center from February 21 to 26. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this conference will be held in person.

The deadline to submit your abstract is September 1.

Dr. Jessica Morel, Chair, ( and Dr. Klaus Neudecker, Co-Chair, ( are available if you have any questions regarding your submissions. They are working on getting a joint session with the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section.

Also, we are hoping that the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section will offer workshop, breakfast, and luncheon sessions. We encourage anyone to submit a proposal for one of these sessions.

Academy Cup

Every year, the Academy Cup is a fun moment to meet colleagues of our sections and also other sections. The more people we have, the more chance we get to "win the cup." When you register for the conference and schedule sessions, please consider joining us.


The Richard Rosner Award for the Best Paper by a Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry or Forensic Psychology

To qualify for this award:

  • The paper should have been completed as part of the work of the forensic fellowship year, OR within 18 months of the completion of the forensic fellowship year based upon work or research that took place during that year;
  • The paper must not have been previously published; and
  • Submission constitutes permission for publication of the paper in the Journal of Forensic Sciences

The submission deadline for this award was extended until August 1. Please consider submitting your application. Details on the submission process are available HERE. The submission items need to be addressed to

Other Educational Activities

International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

The International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series is organized by the Forensic Psychiatry Program at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Weekly lectures of various forensic mental health topics are on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST. Registration is required, but attendance is free. Several AAFS members have already contributed to the lecture series (Drs. Susan Hatters-FriedmanRenée Sorrentino, and Brian Holloyda).

Law and Mental Health Lecture Series

The Law and Mental Health Lecture Series is organized by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of New Mexico. Weekly lectures on various forensic mental health topics are on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MDT. Registration is required, but attendance is free.


Please find below a list of selected conferences for 2021. Most will be held virtually.


International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO)

August 25–27, 2021 (in person, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)


Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

September 29–October 1, 2021 (virtual)

World Psychiatric Association (WPA)

October 18–21, 2021 (virtual)

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)

October 21–23, 2021 (currently scheduled to be virtual)



This year, one member was promoted from Member to Fellow and four were promoted from Associate Member to Member. We also welcomed eight new members (three Associate Members and five Student Affiliates).

If you meet criteria for promotion, please submit your application prior to October 1.

 Publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences

In case you missed it, please find below articles that were published in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section of the Journal of Forensic Sciences since January 2021. (The affiliation of the first author is specified in parentheses.)

Vol. 66, Issue 1


  • Increased risk of fatal intoxication and polypharmacy among psychiatric patients at death by Christian Fyhn Reuss et al. (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • The mourning process and "living with the dead": Two case reports and a review of the literature by Caterina Bosco et al. (Turin, Italy)

Letter to Editors

  • The disproportionate negative impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of prisoners by Claire Shiple and Pracha Peter Eamranond (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

Book Review

  • Review of: Parental alienation — Science and law by Mark L. Goldstein (Northbrook, IL, USA)

Vol. 66, Issue 2


  • Criminal thinking, certainty of apprehension, and the decision to engage in antisocial behavior: A study of day treatment program clients by Glenn D. Walters et al. (Kutztown, PA, USA)
  • Is the CIT susceptible to misleading information? A constructive replication by Nathalie Klein Selle et al. (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Violent behavior by involuntarily committed female offenders with mental disorders: A population-based case series by Alexandre M. Valença et al. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Book review

  • Review of: Child Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management by Brian J. Holoyda  (Martinez, CA, USA)

Vol. 66, Issue 3


  • A quasi-experimental pilot study to the effects of Responsive Aggression Regulation Therapy (Re-ART) Outpatient for young adults by Larissa M. Hoogsteder (Utrecht, The Netherlands) et al.
  • Factors influencing adjudicative competence and length of time to restoration by Cristina M. Secarea et al. (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Actor perspective and moral reasoning: Do levels of criminal thinking moderate this relationship among non-criminals? by Olivia K. Miller  et al. (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Case report

  • Electroconvulsive therapy use in the adult U.S. correctional setting: A case report and literature review by Mark Martin and Peter Ureste  (San Francisco, CA, USA)

The views and opinions expressed in the articles contained in the Academy News are those of the identified authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Academy.