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Best Practices in Forensic Psychology: Testifying in Court/Related Case Law

  • February 21, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • LDS Hospital Huntsman Education Center, C St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84143

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The Utah Psychological Association 
Presents:

Best Practices in Forensic Psychology

Presented by Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP

Registration: 8:30 A.M.
Presentation:  9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

6.0 CE Hours

Overview: 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of psychological testimony.
  • Be familiar with caselaw relevant to conducting forensic evaluations and testifying in court. 
  • Understand the competency standard used in Utah. 
  • Identify special challenges regarding forensic report writing when assessing persons alleging mental health issues in the criminal context. 
  • Identify strength and weakness of tests (FAIs) that are frequently used to assess competency and responsibility evaluations. 
  • Identify best practice when conducting forensic evaluations.    
  • Identify special challenges of assessing competency to proceed and responsibility evaluations.
  • Understand response style and its implication in forensic evaluations.

Presenter Biography: 

Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP earned her Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.  She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School.  Following, she accepted employment as a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, and she worked for the federal government for almost twenty-five years.  In January 2015, she retired from the United States Medical Center, and she now works in private practice.  She is board certified in forensic psychology.

For the past thirty years, Dr. Pietz has worked as a forensic psychologist.  She has testified and/or consulted in almost all 50 states.  She has qualified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, military court, and juvenile court.  In this capacity, she has conducted competency, insanity, death penalty, IME, child custody, fitness for duty, disability, and parenting capacity evaluations.  Some notable cases include Jared Loughner (attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), Auburn Calloway (federal express pilot that assaulted flight crew members in an attempt to hijack the plane), and William Merriweather (charged with three counts of murder while robbing a bank).

She is a past President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and she served on the faculty for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.  Currently, she is the President for the Board of Trustees, American Board of Professional Psychology.         

Dr. Pietz has authored several papers and recently published a book entitled Violent Offenders: Understanding and Assessment.  For several years, she was an adhoc reviewer for the Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, and has reviewed book proposals for Oxford Press.

Throughout her career, Dr. Pietz has conducted several workshops on testifying in court, DSM-5, and other forensic topics.  She presents to the local law enforcement community, i.e., sheriff’s department, police department, and local county jail on topics such as recognizing mental illness, substance abuse issues, and prevention of suicide in law enforcement.

For the past thirty years, Dr. Pietz has worked as a forensic psychologist.  She has testified and/or consulted in almost all 50 states.  She has qualified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, military court, and juvenile court.  In this capacity, she has conducted competency, insanity, death penalty, IME, child custody, fitness for duty, disability, and parenting capacity evaluations.  Some notable cases include Jared Loughner (attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), Auburn Calloway (federal express pilot that assaulted flight crew members in an attempt to hijack the plane), and William Merriweather (charged with three counts of murder while robbing a bank).

She is a past President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and she served on the faculty for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.  Currently, she is the President for the Board of Trustees, American Board of Professional Psychology.         

Dr. Pietz has authored several papers and recently published a book entitled Violent Offenders: Understanding and Assessment.  For several years, she was an adhoc reviewer for the Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, and has reviewed book proposals for Oxford Press.

Throughout her career, Dr. Pietz has conducted several workshops on testifying in court, DSM-5, and other forensic topics.  She presents to the local law enforcement community, i.e., sheriff’s department, police department, and local county jail on topics such as recognizing mental illness, substance abuse issues, and prevention of suicide in law enforcement. 

Registration Rates:

UPA Members

  • UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of one week prior to the event: $125

  • After Early Bird Deadline: $150

Non-members:

  • Non UPA Members on or before Early Bird Deadline of one week prior to the event: $225

  • After Early Bird Deadline: $250

Students:

  • Student members: $15

  • Non-member students: $45

Location:

LDS Hospital Huntsman Education Center
C St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84143

How to register:

Online: visit www.utpsych.org

Telephone: Call Teresa Bruce at 801-410-0337

Mail:

Mail check to
Utah Psychological Association
5442 South 900 East, Ste. 512
Salt Lake City, UT  84117

On-site: Day of event, registration begins at 8:30 AM

Cancellations with full refund accepted one week prior to the event.

Disability requests must be made 7 days in advance

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