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March 30 – April 2, 2023
At the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California
Participants can earn up to 23 CE credits

Call for Proposals

ACFP 2023 Symposium Proposal Submission Form

We invite proposal submissions for the 2023 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 are due on or before 11:59 PM PST on Monday, November 7, 2022. Proposals will be evaluated through a peer review process that considers intellectual merit, innovation, and applications for practice. Decisions will be made and communicated to proposal submitters before December.

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.

Data Blitz: Proposals may be submitted for a brief (5 to 10 minute) presentation of one or two original research studies with results that are applicable to forensic psychology. Proposals for data blitz 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 the poster session. 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.

Submit on the ACFP web site ( or send to

Suggestions for Topics:

  • 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
  • Eyewitness memory
  • Trial consulting
  • Personal injury assessments
  • Disability assessments/evaluations
  • 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
  • Forensic geropsychology
  • 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
  • Psychological autopsy
  • 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

ACFP 2023 Symposium Proposal Submission Form