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Contemporary Issues in Forensic Evaluation (Bundle)

Length: 8 Hours

Chapter One: Ethical Issues in Juvenile Forensic Evaluations (Stephen A. Thorne, Ph.D.)

Chapter Two: Insanity and Beyond (Maureen Burrows, M.D., M.P.H.)

Chapter Three: Legal Requirements & Practicalities for Expert Testimony – Federal and State  (J. Ray Hays, Ph.D., J.D.)

Chapter Four: Ethical Concerns: Intellectual Disability (Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D.)

Brief workshop description:

Ethical Issues in Juvenile Forensic Evaluations 

1 hour 56 minutes

Psychologist Stephen Thorne, Ph.D., provides an overview of issues that should be considered in the forensic evaluation of juveniles.  He identifies resources for ethical guidelines for conducting these evaluations and provides a review of relevant Texas law.  He further describes way in which juvenile forensic evaluations differ from adult forensic evaluations through presentation of research findings.

Insanity and Beyond

1 hour 50 minutes

Maureen Burrows, M.D., M.P.H., is a psychiatrist who performs sanity evaluations.  She reviews historical origins of the insanity plea, the Texas definition of insanity, and element of the sanity evaluation. She then discusses report writing, treatment following an insanity ruling, and diagnoses commonly associated with insanity pleas.

Legal Requirements & Practicalities for Expert Testimony – Federal and State

1 hour 50 minutes

Psychologist and attorney J. Ray Hays, Ph.D., J.D., provides an overview on how to identify federal rules on expert testimony. This course will include a study of case law (Frye, Daubert, Joiner, Kumho), reviewing Federal Rules, and an overview of the ways expert testimony is judged. Additionally, state requirements and practicalities will be discussed with an explanation of the laws in Texas relating to insanity, competency, and expert testimony. Incompetent vs. Insane, expectations of lawyers, and requirements-to-testify topics will be discussed.

Ethical Concerns: Intellectual Disability

1 hour 39 minutes

Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D., is a psychologist who performs forensic evaluations of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her presentation, she outlines the vulnerabilities of and facts about individuals with intellectual disabilities within the criminal justice system. She reviews the elements required for the diagnosis of intellectual disability, and discusses the difficulties encountered by individuals with intellectual disability during various stages from arrest to incarceration.

Workshop Speakers

Maureen Burrows, M.D., MPH

A native Austinite, Dr. Burrows is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. She is a forensic expert for criminal and civil cases in county, district, and federal courts, regularly providing consultation and expert testimony in cases involving competency, sanity, dangerousness, and mitigation. She has over 500 current patients in her private practice, whom she treats for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.

She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Most recently she co-authored “Psychopharmacology in Psychodermatology”, a chapter in Practical Psychodermatology published in 2014.

Dr. Burrows graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University. She earned her medical doctorate and master’s in public health at Tulane University. She also completed her psychiatry residency and forensic fellowship at Tulane University, where she served as chief resident and was awarded the Robert C. Lancaster Award for the Most Caring Psychiatric Resident and the Robert G. Heath Society Gonzales Award for the Best Resident Paper. She is a member of numerous associations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, where she also serves on the Addiction Psychiatry Committee.

J. Ray Hays, Ph.D., J.D. 

J. Ray Hays, Ph.D., J.D., is in private practice in Houston and adjunct faculty at the University of Houston in the Center for Forensic Psychology.  He has edited this series since its inception in 1985 after proposing the idea for the book to the Texas Psychological Association Executive Committee. He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. His doctorate is from the University of Georgia and his law degree from the South Texas College of Law. He is a former Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, serving as member from 1975 to 1982, and former President and one of the first Fellows of the American Association of State Psychology Boards, now the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. He has written, edited or compiled ten books, sixteen book chapters, and over 100 scientific articles on a variety of psychological topics.

Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D.

Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who teaches at Texas State University. She is the current President of Capacity FOR JUSTICE, a Past President of the Texas Psychological Association, and a Board member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Texas Chapter. She was a member of the Mayor of Austin’s Mental Health Task Force and Monitoring Committee and has served on numerous other state and local workgroups.  She has over thirty years of experience in working in mental health and developmental disabilities.  Her interests include forensic psychology (particularly competency to stand trial & insanity defense for persons with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental disorders) and treatment and policy issues related to individuals with dual diagnoses of developmental disabilities and mental disorders.  She has published and presented extensively on these issues and ethics.

Stephen Thorne, Ph.D.

Stephen A. Thorne, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Austin, where he performs psychological, child custody and forensic evaluations in a private practice setting.  He has testified in state and federal courts on topics relating to civil commitment of sex offenders, risk assessment, competency to stand trial, sentencing, interview techniques in child sexual abuse investigations, the relationship between child pornography consumption and sexual offending, transfer to adult court, and child custody.  Dr. Thorne has co-authored journal articles and book chapters addressing various forensic topics and served as a consultant for a number of agencies, and he also supervises doctoral psychology students at The University of Texas at Austin.