Cognitive and social psychological bases of bias in forensic mental health evaluations
Tuesday, May 2 2017, one-day program
Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
Forensic mental health professionals, including psychologists and psychiatrists, program administrators and policy makers, educators and researchers will be interested in this seminar on Cognitive and social psychological bases of bias in forensic mental health evaluations with expert Tess Neal PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, and Director there of the Clinical and Legal Judgment Research Lab.
This one-day program with expert Tess Neal PhD will integrate findings from cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and social psychology into the basic science of bias in human judgment as relevant to judgments and decisions by forensic mental health professionals. Dr Neal's presentation will explain the basic science of how and why human judgments are susceptible to various kinds of bias, with specific emphasis on expert judgments; discuss dual-process theories that can help explain biased judgments from cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and social psychology; and review the empirical evidence to date specifically about cognitive and social psychological biases in forensic mental health judgments, weaving in related literature about biases in other types of expert judgment with hypotheses about how forensic experts are likely affected by these biases. Dr Neal will cover emerging theory about bias in experts in particular: when and why are experts legitimately protected against bias as compared to laypeople, when and why are they just as susceptible to bias as laypeople, and when and why are they paradoxically MORE prone to bias than laypeople. The implications across these findings for bias mitigation will be discussed as will be promising new directions for bias mitigation. The program will be interactive, including experiential exercises and discussion activities to demonstrate the topics described.
Tess Neal PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where she directs the Clinical and Legal Judgment research lab (http://psych-law.lab.asu.edu/). She is both a researcher and a licensed psychologist. She obtained her PhD in clinical psychology (with minors in psychology-law and statistics) at The University of Alabama in 2012; completed a clinical-forensic postdoctoral residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2012-2013; and a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center from 2013-2015. She has testified as an expert witness in 35 cases in 6 court jurisdictions. Dr. Neal has published one edited book and dozens of peer-reviewed publications in the top journals in her field. She is the recipient of the 2016 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law, co-awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 of APA) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the recipient of the 2016 Michelle Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service from the Society from the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9 of APA). Dr. Neal's research interests focus on human inference and decision making, especially by experts.
No faculty, including planning faculty, have disclosed financial relationships with any commercial interests that would conflict with their presentation and no commercial support has been accepted for the training program. Questions regarding faculty disclosures should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to
Name and describe at least 4 common biases that affect expert judgments and explain ways in which they may compromise the validity and reliability of forensic evaluations
Describe emerging theory about when and why experts are legitimately protected against bias as compared to laypeople
Describe emerging theory about when and why experts are equally as susceptible to bias as laypeople
Describe emerging theory about when and why experts are paradoxically more biased than laypeople
Describe practical bias mitigation strategies, or steps to reduce bias in forensic evaluations
Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA. Bavaro Hall is at address 417 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22904. See a map to Bavaro Hall here
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of Virginia School of Medicine and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The University of Virginia
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extent of their participation in the activity.
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