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Forensic Division Annual Conference: Faces of Trauma in Forensic Contexts
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Forensic Division Annual Conference: Faces of Trauma in Forensic Contexts

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Where: St. John's University-Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place
New York, New York  10003
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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Online registration has closed for this event. Onsite registration will be available. 


Program sponsored by:

  • New York State Psychological Association-Forensic Division
  • St. John’s University- Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs
  • NYSPA Clinical Division
  • NYSPA Division of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
  • NYSPA Independent Practice Division (IPD)
  • NYSPA School Division
  • NYSPA Division of Social Issues (DOSI)
  • NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis
  • Manhattan Psychological Association


5 Continuing Education Credits are available for this program through St. John's University.


Conference Schedule

Morning Program

8:30 am Registration/Breakfast  Foyer 
9:00 am Introductory and Welcoming Remarks
Elizabeth Owen, PhD, President, NYSPA Forensic Division
Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, ABPP, President-Elect, NYSPA Forensic Division
Room 105/106
9:30 am Keynote Address: Trauma is at the Heart of Forensic Developmental Psychology
James Garbarino, PhD
10:30 am Coffee Break  
10:45 am Breakout Group Panel 1  
  Panel A: Immigrants in the Legal System
Presenters: Sara Gilman, JD (LAS), Mike Corradini, JD, Ann Winton, PhD
  Panel B: Litigating Trauma in Personal Injury
Presenter: Gerald Young, PhD
Dr. Gerald Young will discuss legal and psychological aspects in the litigation of trauma in psychological injury. First, he will review relevant U.S. Federal and New York state law pertaining to evidentiary standards and matters related to the psycholegal questions, including on causality. The major portion of the talk will be on PTSD and its assessment, including on appropriate tests to use in detecting possible malingering. The talk will consider the DSM-5 approach to PTSD and the extent to which the research supports it. Conclusions will emphasize the need to relate the evaluees’ symptoms and their functional consequences to the tort at hand, e.g., a negligent MVA. Dr. Young will emphasize the need to be comprehensive, scientific, impartial, and ethical in forensic report writing and testimony for court in this area of practice.
12:00 pm Lunch, Networking and Book Signing  


 Afternoon Program

1:15 pm  Featured Presentation: Trauma and Responsibility in Veterans with Serious Emotional Problems: A View from the Bench
Presenter: Honorable Marcia Hirsch
Room 105/106
2:15 pm Breakout Group Panel 2  
  Panel C: Trauma Among Diverse Prison Populations
Presenters: Prof. Ted Conover, Frank J. Corigliano, PhD, Randy Killins, CASAC
  Panel D: Assessing Trauma in Veterans in the Legal System
Presenters: Lewis Schlosser, PhD, ABPP. Edward Fernandez, PsyD, Jessica Coulter, Veteran Advocate

In this breakout session, Dr. Schlosser will review the procedures for evaluating military veterans who are candidates for police and public safety positions. This will include understanding the perspectives of the agency and the veteran, as well as identifying key collateral data that can assist in making a proper determination. Dr. Schlosser will also explain the different levels of service connection, and how that designation impacts on the military veteran candidate for a police and public safety position.
3:30 pm Coffee Break Room 105/106
3:45 pm Panel Discussion Room 105/106
 4:30 pm Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks
Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, ABPP, Forensic Division President-Elect


Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

NYSPA Forensic Division Conference Planning Committee
Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, ABPP, Co-Chair
Liz Owen, PhD, Co-Chair
Bridget Amatore, PhD
Thomas Caffrey, PhD
Hali Griswold, MA
Robin Lynch, PhD
Jemour Maddux, PsyD
Ann Winton, PhD

NYSPA Forensic Division Executive Board

Liz Owen, PhD, President
Alan Perry, PhD, Past-President
Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, ABPP, President-Elect
Robin Lynch, PhD, Secretary
Bridget Amatore, PhD, Treasurer
Claude Schleuderer, PhD, Representative to Council
Jemour Maddux, PhD, Member at Large
Hali Griswold, MA, Student Observer


For further information, contact

Rafael Javier

Liz Owen