2009 AP-LS Conference
San Antonio, Texas
following pre-Conference Workshops will be held on March 4th, 2009:
Full-Day Workshops (8:00am - 5:00pm)
- CLINICAL-FORENSIC ASSESSMENT OF RISK FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE: THE RSVP. Presenter: Stephen Hart, Ph.D.
- THE MMPI-2-RF (RESTRUCTURED FORM): AN INTRODUCTION OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGISTS. Presenter: Yossef Ben-Porath, Ph.D.
- USING THE STRUCTURED ASSESSMENT OF VIOLENCE RISK IN YOUTH (SAVRY) IN CLINICAL PRACTICE. Presenter: Patrick Bartel, Ph.D.
- MULTILEVEL MODELING. Presenter: Daniel Brooks Wright, Ph.D. (8:00am – 12:00pm)
- STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING. Presenter: Candice Odgers, Ph.D. (1:00pm – 5:00pm)
Please see the Workshop flyer (Click here for a PDF file) for a complete description of each workshop and mail-in registration information. On-line registration for these Pre-Conference Workshops will be available soon. Information will be posted here as soon as it is available.
• The following special plenary panels or invited addresses will highlight the conference program:
“Neuroscience, Genetics and the Law” (Thursday
afternoon, March 5th)
Moderator: Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.
This panel features three distinguished experts who will share their
thought-provoking, recent work in the areas of neuroscience or genetics and the
use of such evidence in the courtroom. Each panelist (below) will give a brief
presentation, followed by a discussion with the audience on these topics and
where the field is headed. Our featured expert guests are as follows:
Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., Genetics and the Law - the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law, and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Appelbaum is a Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the Council on Psychiatry and Law for the American Psychiatric Association. He is an expert on law and ethics in clinical practice and research.
Marie Banich, Ph.D., Adolescent Brain Development and the Law - Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also serves as director of the Institute of Cognitive Science, a multi-disciplinary institute dedicated to exploring the science of the mind. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her research specializes in using brain imaging techniques to understand the neural systems that allow us to direct our attention and our actions so that we can prioritize, organize, and target our behavior in a goal-oriented manner, abilities often referred to as executive function. She investigates these issues both in normal individuals as well clinical populations, such as individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and adolescents with severe substance and conduct problems. She also takes a developmental perspective, examining how executive functions mature during adolescence. Her research findings have been published in leading journals, including the journal Science. In addition, she is author of a textbook in Cognitive Neuroscience that is currently being revised for its third edition. Among her other professional experiences, Prof. Banich has been a member of the MacArthur Foundation on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Verona, Italy. She has published many research papers as well as a leading textbook in the field.
Stephen Morse, J.D., Ph.D., Neuroscience and Criminal Responsibility – The Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Morse is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology; a past president of the American Psychology-Law Society; a recipient of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology’s Distinguished Contribution Award; a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and Law (1988-1996); and a trustee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. (1995-present). Morse is currently Legal Coordinator of the MacArthur Foundation project on Law and Neuroscience and he co-directs the project’s Research Network on Criminal Responsibility and Prediction. He is a renowned expert in criminal and mental health law with work emphasizing individual responsibility in criminal and civil law.
“Psychological Perspectives on Conviction of the
Innocent” (Friday, March 6th)
Chair: Brian Cutler, Ph.D. Discussant: Stephen Penrod, Ph.D.
Mistaken identification, false confession, and untrustworthy jailhouse informants are frequently identified as causes of convictions of the innocent. From a scientific perspective, however, these “causes” are not satisfying explanation. This plenary session features three presentations designed to enhance our understanding of the chains of events by which innocent citizens become convicted felons. Presenters will be:
Gary Wells, Ph.D., Mistaken Identification
Saul Kassin, Ph.D., False Confessions
Jeffrey Neuschatz, Ph.D., Jailhouse Informants
“Rich False Memories” (Saturday, March 7th)
Invited Speaker: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She holds positions in the Departments of Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law & Society. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Since then, she has published 20 books and over 400 scientific articles; including "The Myth of Repressed Memory" (co-authored with Katherine Ketcham) and “Eyewitness Testimony”, which won a National Media Award (Distinguished Contribution) from the American Psychological Foundation. Loftus has been an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases, including the McMartin PreSchool Molestation case, the Hillside Strangler, and the Menendez brothers. Loftus's research of the last 20 years has focused on human memory, eyewitness testimony and also on courtroom procedure. Her work has been funded by NIMH and NSF. She has received several Honorary degrees and numerous awards and honors for her research, including the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the AAAPP Award for Distinguished Contribution to Basic and Applied Scientific Psychology.