Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for the 39th Annual Forensic Psychology Symposium
Submissions due November 17 at 11:59 pm Pacific time

Submissions are now closed
We invite proposal submissions for the 2024 Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology. We are seeking proposals that apply to the practice of forensic psychology, including the business of forensic psychology as well as criminal, civil, and family law matters. Proposals addressing current issues, ethics, diversity, research, treatment, and assessment in forensic psychology are encouraged. Proposed presentations should be empirically based when possible.
Proposals are due on or before 11:59 PM PST on Friday, November 17, 2023. 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 15, 2023.


Proposals may be submitted for presentation of a paper. Paper presentations will typically be scheduled for 1 hour time slots. Proposals for paper presentations must include a summary (up to 500 words), 3 learning objectives, and at least 5 references of recently published research articles that will be used in the presentation.


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.

Student 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.

Notes about Presentations:

  • Presenters must provide presentation slides to ACFP at least one week before the conference.
  • Presenters are expected to provide handouts to attendees (in PDF).
  • Handouts will be posted on the website for attendees.
  • Presenters are provided a registration discount for the conference.
  • Travel and other expenses of presenters are not reimbursed.

Possible Presentation Topics (based on recent needs assessments)

  • Starting a forensic psychology practice
  • The business of running a forensic psychology practice
  • Closing a forensic psychology practice
  • HIPAA in forensic psychology practice
  • Supervising students in a forensic psychology practice
  • Emerging areas of practice
  • Forensic practice with transgender clients
  • Forensic practice with clients from various cultural, religious, racial, ethnic groups
  • Handling emergences of multiple roles in forensic practice
  • Review of newly published assessments that are forensically relevant
  • Assessing abuse allegations
  • Assessment of violence risk
  • Assessment of risk/recidivism in sex offenders
  • Tarasoff warnings
  • Forensic assessment of computer-facilitated sex crimes
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Review of neuroanatomy
  • Pediatric neuropsychology
  • PTSD as a mitigating factor in forensic psychological findings
  • Social media and its relevance to forensic practice
  • Considering substance use disorders in forensic assessment
  • Effective consultations 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
  • Capacity and competence
  • Psychological autopsy
  • Differential diagnosis in forensic cases
  • Criminal responsibility cases
  • Cultural competency related to specific forensic issues/assessment
  • Forensic assessment in immigration cases
  • Child custody and parental fitness assessments
  • Juvenile transfer evaluations
  • Other relevant topics