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Forensic Division Annual Conference - Bias in Forensic Psychology: From Theory to Practice
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When: 09/20/2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: St. John's University Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place
New York, New York  10003
United States
Presenter: Jack Glaser, PhD (Keynote)
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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Bias in Forensic Psychology: From Theory to Practice
Co-Sponsored by St. John's University Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs
Keynote Speaker: Jack Glaser, PhD
Racial Bias in Policing: Psychological Causes and Policy Implications
(author of Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling; 2015, Oxford University Press)
Jack Glaser is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He is a social psychologist whose primary research interest is in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Professor Glaser is working with the Center for Policing Equity to build a national “Justice Database” of police stops and use of force incidents.

Speakers on the Child-Adolescent Track:  
David Mantell, PhD
Biasing Factors in The Design and Use of Child Forensic Interviewing Protocols
Dr. Mantell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut and Vermont where he specializes in Forensic Child Clinical Psychology for the child protection and criminal courts and has practiced forensic psychology for 35 years. During that time he has been a member of the adjunct teaching faculty of the Yale Child Study Center, the University of Ct. Medical School, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a long standing member of both the Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Expert Psychologist Panels for the Ct. Judicial Department performing Court Ordered Psychology Evaluations (COPE) as the Court’s expert. 

Clark Richardson, JD
The Hon.Clark V.Richardson has been a Family Court judge since his appointment to the bench in 1995 by the Hon. Rudolf Giuliani, serving in Kings, Richmond, and New York counties as well as serving as the Supervising Judge of Bronx County for 10 years. He was reappointed by the Hon. Michael Bloomberg in 2004.
Adam Bloom, PsyD, ABPP
Adam Bloom, PsyD, ABPP specializes in Court-ordered forensic assessments (Supreme Courts, Family Courts, 1st and 2nd Judicial Departments, New York State), with a specific focus on the intersection of family law and mental health, contested divorce/custody, child abuse/neglect, juvenile delinquency, competency, and termination of parental rights matters. Dr. Bloom has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology since 2010, is a member of the American Psychology Law Society (Division 41) and a member of the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law. Dr. Bloom is an active member of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court – 1st & 2nd Judicial Dept. Mental Health Professionals Panel and he is currently serving a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of AFCC-NY. Dr. Bloom currently serves as Chief Psychologist/Clinic Director at NYC Health & Hospitals Corp. - Kings County Family Court-Mental Health Services Department.

Robin Lynch, PhD
Mind Over Matter: Some Thoughts on Controlling for Bias in Child Custody Evaluations
Robin Lynch, PhD is a licensed psychologist, appointed to the New York State Appellate Division’s panel of child custody evaluators and Chair of the New York State Psychological Association’s, Child Custody Evaluation Committee, (CCEC). CCEC is committed to advancing the court’s ability to identify abuse, addiction and trauma in contested child custody disputes and to increasing the court’s understanding of the dynamics of these disputes. Also, CCEC is working to change the policies and practices that impact the way disputed child custody cases are adjudicated. Dr. Lynch is the author of the soon to be published article "Unmasking the Abuse: Psychological Defenses in Child Custody Evaluations" in The Journal of Child Custody. Learn more about her work on

Speakers on the Adult Track: 
Kevin L. Nadal, PhD
Cultural Competence for LGBTQ People Within the Criminal Justice System
Dr. Nadal is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he also serves as the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Nadal's research focuses primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, particularly involving sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, and gender identity. He is the author of That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (2013, APA Books) among other books. Dr. Nadal has been a keynote speaker for many colleges, universities, and organizations across the country and abroad. He facilitates diversity and mental health trainings with the New York Police Department and other nonprofit and corporate organizations.


Matthew D’Emic, JD
Bias in Judicial Decision Making: A Judge’s View
Justice D’Emic was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims in 1996 and reappointed to the court in 2005. An acting Supreme Court justice, he has presided over a specialized felony domestic violence part in Kings County Supreme Court since 1998. In March 2002, he was selected to preside over the Kings County Supreme Court’s Mental Health Court, an alternative-to-incarceration court targeting mentally ill offenders and the first court of its kind in the state.

Registration Fees

Pre-Registration reduced fees require registration by September 11, 2015.
Registration includes full day conference, continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, wine and cheese social.  Kosher meals available upon request with pre-registration.  
(A) $100 for NYSPA Forensic Division members ($80 Pre-Registration)
(B) $120 for NYSPA members and St. John's University Faculty  ($100 Pre-Registration)
(C) $150 for non NYSPA members ($120 Pre-Registration)
(D) $40 For students with valid ID 
CE Credits - $20 (6 CE Credits available for those who attend the full conference) 
St. John's University Office Of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If you have any questions, or special needs, please contact Program Chair Dr. Elizabeth Owen or Program Co-Chair Dr. Alan Perry ( 

Refund Policy: Cancellations will be refunded in full up until September 11. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

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