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Deadline for Submission: September 7, 2018

35th Annual Symposium
March 28-31, 2019
San Diego, California

The Westgate Hotel -- Special Group Rate $189


Students are encouraged to submit proposals for poster presentations. Poster presentations can describe the student's research or can address a specific aspect of any of the topics in this call for presentations. An undergraduate or graduate student must be the first author and presenter of the poster, although a faculty member may be a co-author.

Posters offer the opportunity to present data and have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. The audience circulates among the posters, stopping to discuss papers of particular interest to them. Authors present their papers using a visual medium with key excerpts from the papers displayed on a free-standing poster board. Poster presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text, and materials should be clearly readable from a distance of three feet (primary text font should be 20 points or larger, and headings font at least 30 points). No audio visual equipment can be used.

Poster presentations should represent completed work. Please do not submit a proposal if the data are still pending. Posters that discuss new scientific findings are especially encouraged. Students are encouraged to seek feedback from professors or other mentors who are able to provide guidance regarding their presentation. The research and analyses presented in the poster submission must be completed (i.e., submissions containing such language as "Data will be collected..." will not be considered). Please be sure to provide enough relevant detail in the summary so that reviewers can adequately judge the originality of the study, the soundness of the theoretical rationale and design, the quality of the analyses, and the appropriateness of the conclusions. [Poster session definition and instructions adapted from the Association for Psychological Science.]


Ethics and the law as applied to the practice of psychology: update and overview

Current laws relevant to forensic psychology

Expert testimony in cross-examination

Consulting with attorneys; how to navigate difficult cases

Role confusion, conflicts as expert witness

Personal injury, disability assessments/evaluations

PTSD outside the military; head trauma

Malingering and deception in personal injury or disability cases

Relevant factors in determining whether defendant is/is not restorable
to competence to proceed with court case

Competency evaluations: to testify, to engage in sex, etc.

Criminal responsibility cases

Risk assessment; risk management


Utility of psychological testing instruments in court

Demonstrating reliability of testing; updates on the latest instruments

Fitness for duty evaluations

Methodology in forensic assessments

Workers’ compensation evaluations

Neuropsychology, neurology, psychological testing

Effective evidence-based practice in forensic psychology

Correctional psychology: care, treatment programs

Cultural competency/diversity issues (e.g., age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation)

Asylum/hardship evaluations

Forensic assessment in immigration cases

Child custody, child sexual abuse assessments

Juvenile fitness to proceed and juvenile waivers

Poster Presentation Title

Type in both upper and lower case text, not just upper case.


Write a description of your poster, including the major points that your poster will cover. If you go beyond
the white area, the information will still be submitted to us. You are not limited by the small space.

Relevant References

Please provide up to 5 relevant references to peer-reviewed research.

Your Name:

Co-author(s) and/or faculty supervisor-- Include contact information (address, email, phone):

Your Mailing Address:

State Zip

Your Email Address


IMPORTANT: A $50.00 honorarium is given to students whose posters have been accepted and is to be deducted from the 4-day student meeting registration fee (approximately $325). Registration and payment of the meeting fees are due by February 18, 2019.

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American College of Forensic Psychology
PO Box 5899
Balboa Island, California 92662

Telephone: (760) 929-9777 
Toll-free Fax: (844) 812-9426


The American College of Forensic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
The American College of Forensic Psychology maintains responsibility
for this program and its content.

Goal: 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.

Target audience: 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.

Objectives: Participants should improve their knowledge and skills in the following areas: (a) evaluation or treatment of forensic litigants and individuals with other forensic psychological issues; (b) new and ongoing research and developments in the field of forensic psychology; (c) relevant concepts useful in testifying and educating the court on mental health issues, and in working within the legal system; (d) changes in the law that affect clinical and forensic practice; (e) legal and psychological aspects involving the mentally disordered inmate in correctional facilities.