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DBHDS: Forensic Training Series

This full-day program 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.  

Date: July 1 2017

Time: 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Registration beginning from 8:30AM. Lunch on your own from 12:00PM - 1:30PM.

Location: 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 more details of the venue and parking below.

Lead faculty for this program: Tess Neal PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University.  See Dr Neal's bio below.

Dr Neal will present Issues of cognitive bias in forensic mental health evaluations.  See more details of Dr Neal's presentation below.

Additional faculty (in alphabetical order): Sara Boyd PhD, ILPPP, UVA, Bernice Marcopulos PhD, James Madison University, Angela Torres PhD, ABPP, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services  

The panelists will respond to Dr Neal's presentation from their diverse settings of forensic mental health practice.

Educational objectives:

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to

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

Elaborate on 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

Demonstrate practical bias mitigation strategies, or steps to reduce bias in forensic evaluations

Disclosures:

The following speaker(s) with this program have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services: (in alphabetical order) :

Sara Boyd PhD, Bernice Marcopulos PhD, Tess Neal PhD, Angela Torres PhD, ABPP

The planning committee have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services (in alphabetical order): Daniel Murrie PhD, Michael Schaefer PhD, Benjamin Skowysz LCSW, Janet Warren DSW

Accreditation and Designation Statements:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of x.x AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards x.x  hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)tm) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

The program is jointly provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Program

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. Other expert faculty will explore issues of cognitive bias. We close with a panel discussion with providers from a variety of clinical settings. 


Faculty bio

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.  


Program location and parking

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
Hourly visitor parking and parking for persons with disabilities are available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage  at address 400 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  For more parking information or for special assistance, call (434) 924-7231. Please note that the Central Grounds Parking Garage is a cash-only parking facility: you pay only with cash as you exit.  Current rates are $1/half-hour and $20 for a lost ticket.  Find more information including a map to the Garage here   To avoid paying for parking a good walker might park in the Barracks Road Shopping Center  -  1117 Emmet St North -  and walk along Emmet Street to Bavaro Hall.  The walk may take about 20-25 minutes on level ground with sidewalks.


How to register for the program

Application for registration is made through your individual user profile created with the ILPPP website. Please create your profile, or get automated help to find your profile if you have forgotten your profile name or password: http://ilppp.virginia.edu/OREM/Registrant/SignIn
After you apply for registration you will receive an automated email confirming that ILPPP has received your application. Acceptance into a program is not automatic because capacity limitations and public mental health system needs are considered. After ILPPP formally accepts a registrant  into the program they will receive a second automated email that confirms registration and includes invoice information and online payment instructions.
Before the program ILPPP will send further information to assist participant's planning. Questions about registration may go to els2e@virginia.edu 
Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy
Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $70. Others: $195. Cancellation fee: $25
A full registration fee refund will be processed only if the registrant has submitted the cancellation notice to ILPPP no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the program. If registration is cancelled 6 days or less days prior there is a $25 cancellation service charge which will be deducted from the program’s registration fee. The remainder of the registration fee will be processed within 10 days following the end of the training program. Please allow 30 days following the end of the training program to receive the refund. Refunds will be processed according to the method of original payment (check, credit card or EDI-transfer).

Continuing education

Find complete overview of continuing education available for this program by going to the page linked here