We invite proposal submissions for the 2022 Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology. We encourage proposals that are empirically based and involve topics relevant to the practices of forensic psychologists and attorneys. Proposals that address diversity or ethics are also encouraged. Proposals will be evaluated through a peer review process that considers intellectual merit, innovation, and applications for practice.
Proposals must be submitted on the symposium website in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file format) or PDF format. Proposals must include all information requested on the “ACFP 2022 Proposal Template” document.
Papers: Proposals may be submitted for presentation of a paper. Paper presentations will typically be scheduled for 30-to-45-minute time slots. Proposals for paper presentations should include a summary (up to 500 words) and 3 learning objectives.
Panel: Proposals may be submitted for a panel discussion or a similar format. Panel presentations may be scheduled for longer time periods than paper presentations. Proposals for panel presentations should include a summary (up to 500 words) and 3 learning objectives.
Posters: Undergraduate and graduate students may submit proposals to present 1 or 2 posters during the symposium. Posters will be presented verbally and visually during poster sessions. Proposals for poster presentations should include a summary (up to 500 words) that ends with recommendations explaining how forensic psychologists and/or attorneys can apply the research. Poster presentations must have a student first author/presenter and a faculty advisor who serves as a co-author; other co-authors are optional.
Consulting with attorneys
Handling cross-examination as an expert witness
Ethics and the law as applied to the practice of psychology
Current laws relevant to forensic psychology
Personal injury assessments
Malingering and deception detection in personal injury or disability cases
Assessment instruments for malingering and response bias
Methodology in forensic assessments
Fitness for duty evaluations
The use of brain scans in forensic assessments
Demonstrating reliability of testing
Updates on the latest forensic instruments
Capacity and competence
The power of social media to slander psychologists and/or attorneys
Special education issues in forensic practice
Summary of research on a specific topic in forensic psychology
Differential diagnosis in forensic cases
Substance abuse issues in forensic cases
Criminal responsibility cases
Risk and threat assessment; risk management
Working with clients with disabilities, such as ADA, cultural considerations, testing,
alternatives for non-literate populations
Evidence-based decisions in the forensic field
Cultural competency related to specific forensic issues/assessment
Forensic assessment in immigration cases
Issues related to transgender clients in forensic contexts
Child custody, child sexual abuse assessments
Juvenile fitness to proceed
Other relevant topics
Fielding Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fielding maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program will offer a maximum of 21 hours of Continuing Education credits. The American College of Forensic Psychology certifies that this activity has been approved for 21 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.
The goal of this symposium is to keep forensic psychologists abreast of important issues which lie within the interface of psychology and law, recent developments in psychology that require new knowledge for expert witnesses, and new case law affecting forensic practice.
The program is intended to benefit practicing forensic psychologists, psychologists in other subspecialties, and attorneys who litigate civil and criminal cases involving psychological evaluations and expert testimony.
Participants should improve their knowledge and skills in the following areas: