2016 Continuing Education Conference

Co-sponsored by The Association of Ohio Forensic Evaluation Centers and

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of Forensic Services


 Advanced Topics in Forensic Practice 


Ethical Issues for Forensic Evaluators

and join us for the 

2016  Miller Makey and Howard Sokolov Memorial Poster Session

June 9 & 10, 2016 At Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio

5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017

If you are not affiliated with a center, registration is $250 for the two-day conference and includes CEs, CLEs, and CMEs, all the training materials, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday and breakfast on Friday.

Registration for Thursday is $175 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For Friday only is $75 and includes continental breakfast and training materials.

$50 for students for both days (no single day rate) and includes breakfast both days, lunch on Thursday and materials.

For Forensic Center Staff/Affiliates and Poster Presenters registration is free for both days but you must pre-register.

June 9th from 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.; Registration opens at 9:00 A.M.

Poster presentation 5:30 to 6:30 P.M.

June  10th from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.; Registration opens at 8:00 A.M.


THURSDAY Session (5.75 hours)

Medicolegal Hazards in the Information Age: Malpractice and More*  ~ Presenter: Douglas Mossman, M.D.

Psychiatry in the Hot Seat – Mastering Cross Examination

 Panelists:  Douglas Mossman, M.D., Stephen G. Noffsinger, M.D., & Sherif Soliman, M.D.

Complications of Battered Wife Syndrome Evaluations – Slow Boil  ~ Presenter: Jennifer O’Donnell, Psy.D.

FRIDAY  Session (3.75 hours)

Ethical Challenges in Forensic Psychological and Psychiatric Evaluation: A Case‐Based Approach *~ Presenter: Randy K. Otto, Ph.D. ABPP (Forensic and Clinical Psychology)

The continuing education credits for nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, pharmacists, lawyers, and physicians will satisfy the required hours for Forensic-related training for Ohio Forensic Centers.

*5.75 CE hours are designed to meet the ethics requirements for these professionals as well.

A total of 9.5 Continuing Education credits (CMEs, CEUs and CLEs) have been approved by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Office of Continuing Education. Thank you to Angela Thompson and Teri Gardner for sorting this out.

Thank you to the Education Committee of the Ohio Forensic Directors for all of their work organizing this event: Terry Kukor, Carla Dreyer, Bethany Young-Lundquist, Kara Marciani and Devin Farley, Jenny O’Donnell and Tammy Moore.

Presenter Bios:

Douglas Mossman, M.D.

Dr. Mossman is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Program Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has made hundreds of presentations to mental health professionals and attorneys at local, regional, national, and international meetings, and he has authored more than 175 publications on legal and ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. His article “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff” received the American Psychiatric Association’s 2008 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for outstanding contributions to the literature on forensic psychiatry. Hundreds of scientific and legal publications have cited Dr. Mossman’s 1994 article, “Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy,” which was the first publication to apply receiver operating characteristic analysis to psycho-legal problems.

Dr. Mossman’s current faculty duties include training psychiatry residents and teaching physicians and attorneys about mental disabilities and the law. In his clinical practice, he treats outpatients and evaluates individuals involved in legal proceedings. His recent scholarly projects investigate judgment models, malingering measures, competence to stand trial, and novel mathematical approaches to describing test accuracy and diagnostic agreement. He serves as the Treasurer of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and is listed in “Best Doctors in America.” He recently became a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a level of recognition that leaves him just a step away from becoming an alter kokker.

Stephen Noffsinger, M.D.

  • Residency in Adult Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry
  • Authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters on various topics in forensic psychiatry
  • Testified as expert in psychiatry in more than 175 cases
  • Past Appointments:
    • Medical Director, Psychiatric Emergency Service, St. Vincent Charity Hospital
    • Chief of Forensic Services, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
  • Current Appointments:
    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University  School of Medicine
    • Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, University Hospitals of Cleveland
    • Adjunct Faculty, University of Akron School of Law – 2015 John R. Quine Award as Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

 Jenny O’Donnell, Psy.D.

Dr. O’Donnell is Director of Forensic Services at Forensic Evaluation Service Center, Inc. and, a private consulting psychologist. She has always worked in the non-profit arena and provides community-based forensic assessment services for Butler, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Preble and Pike courts through the Forensic Center. Dr. O’Donnell graduated with a B.S. in Biology from University of Cincinnati and earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University (Cincinnati) where she concentrated in Geriatric Psychology and interventions and assessment of individual with severe mental illness. Dr. O’Donnell performs forensic evaluations of court-referred adults and juveniles, including evaluations for probate court and Adult Protective Services. She has qualified as an expert witness in most of the southern Ohio counties and has prepared evaluations as a private examiner as well as a forensic center examiner in over 700 cases. She also heads up the Butler County re-entry project for individuals with SMI returning from prison; supervises graduate students, and oversees an outpatient competency restoration/attainment clinic in addition to the occasional private forensic evaluation. Dr. O’Donnell trained in forensics at Court Clinic/Central Clinic in Cincinnati, Cincinnati VA, and Central Louisiana State Psychiatric Hospital and the Central Louisiana Developmental Disability Center. She also spent several years as a consultant to Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Dr. O’Donnell is also a caregiver to her 101-year-old grandmother who suffers from dementia, bringing a very personal experience to the issue of guardianship and the understanding of the impact on an individual, a family, and a community. Dr. O’Donnell was awarded the 2015 NAMI of Butler County Trailblazer Award for her work in the development of the Butler County re-entry project.

Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Otto, a clinical psychologist, has been a faculty member at the University of South Florida since 1989, and he also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University College of Law.  His research, writing, and practice focus on forensic psychological assessment. In 2007, he joined Gary Melton, John Petrila, Norm Poythress, and Chris Slobogin in revising their forensic text, Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers (Guilford Press). More recently, he edited the forensic psychology volume in the multi-volume Handbook of Psychology (Wiley Press), he joined Tampa colleague Irv Weiner as co-editor of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Forensic Psychology (Wiley Press) and with co-authors Rick DeMier and Marc Boccacinni he wrote, Forensic Reports and Testimony: A Guide for Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

Dr. Otto has served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.  He recently completed a two-year term as President of the American Board of Professional Psychology-the oldest and largest organization certifying psychological specialists. He chaired the Committee to Revise the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology and served on the interdisciplinary committee that revised the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards.

Dr. Otto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41) and has received awards for his work from the Society for Personality Assessment, the University of California-San Francisco, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the New York State Psychological Association. In 2009, Dr. Otto’s work on adjudicative competence with colleagues Norm Poythress, John Monahan, Richard Bonnie, and Ken Hoge was cited by the US Supreme Court in Indiana v. Edwards.

When not working or with his family, Dr. Otto can be found on a motorcycle or in a casino.

Sherif Soliman, M.D.

Dr. Soliman is a Geriatric and Forensic Psychiatrist.  He is Board Certified in General, Forensic, and Geriatric Psychiatry and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.  He completed medical school (2000), Psychiatry residency (2004), and Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship (2005) at Wayne State University in Detroit and has completed Forensic Psychiatry fellowship training at Case Western (2006).

Dr. Soliman is currently a forensic psychiatrist at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare.  In addition, he performs evaluations at the Court Psychiatric Clinic in Cuyahoga County, performs evaluations at the Cleveland Municipal Court Psychiatric Clinic, and consults to the Ohio Police and Fire Pension and Disability Fund.  He provides clinical instruction to medical students, residents, and fellows at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations in both medical and legal continuing education conferences.  He is available for forensic psychiatric consultation.  Areas of expertise include testamentary capacity, undue influence, guardianship, competence to stand trial, and sanity at the time of the act.

Published by Ohio Forensic Evaluation Center Directors Association

We offer Ohio's Courts of Common Pleas and the other criminal justice and mental health related services in our regions evidence-based, expertly crafted mental health opinions, and promote the ideals of objectivity and excellence in all forensic evaluation opinions proffered. We strive to promote this standard through the work of our centers and to our colleagues and consultants outside of our centers through training and supervision. Further, we never fail to consider the community's safety, as well as the individual's need for the most clinically appropriate interventions, as we are crafting these opinions and conducting our training. Additionally, we serve our colleagues in the state hospitals, the prison system and the state and county Mental Health and Addiction Services Boards, Developmental Disability Boards, Probation Departments and Municipal Courts to find effective solutions to many of our risk of violence and community mental health safety issues. We are proud to serve the courts of Ohio, and appreciate the ongoing recognition we receive for our work.

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