2021 Ohio Forensic Directors Association Conference

Thursday, April 29th & Friday, April 30th, 2021

The Full Conference Registration Rate is $100 USD. This include access to both conference days and the poster session. For additional purchase options, see below.
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Ohio Forensic Directors Association Conference

This year we are pleased to bring back the two-day conference format, albeit virtually and the poster presentations. The full-day program will be on April 29th and will include the Makey-Sokolov Poster Presentations. The half-day program will be on April 30th. 

The conference will be virtual and will have excellent forensic mental health – legal continuing education opportunities that you have come to expect. This program is designed to provide education for those professionals in Ohio who are affiliated with the accredited forensic evaluation centers but anyone with a professional interest in this field is invited.

April 29th, 2021 | 9:30am - 5:00pm EST (6 CE hours)

Pharmacology and Mental State Evaluations presented by Maureen Reardon, PhD and Shawn K. Acheson, PhD.

Recreational drugs are common in criminal activity and can exert potent effects on cognition, affect, and behavioral control. This workshop provides an introduction to the neuropsychopharmacology of recreational drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol, sedatives, stimulants, opiates, and hallucinogens), with particular emphasis on alcohol and stimulants given their ubiquity in criminal activity.   First discussed are the effects of various substances, and combinations thereof, on mental state.  Next, strategies for disentangling the effects of various substances from underlying mental conditions will be provided.  Lastly, the relevance of substance-related altered mental states to evaluations of criminal responsibility in Ohio are discussed and illustrated via case vignettes.

April 30th, 2021 | 8:30am - 12:30pm (4 CE hours)

Practical Strategies & Ethical Considerations for Formulating Sanity Opinions presented by Maureen Reardon, PhD.

The second workshop will build upon Day 1 by identifying the essential data sources and methods of evaluating a defendant’s understanding of the wrongfulness of the alleged acts, while highlighting relevant ethical considerations from referral, to evaluation, to testimony. 


Maureen Reardon, PhD, ABPP

Maureen L. Reardon has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). During her tenure with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, she completed numerous forensic evaluations of competency, sanity, and violence risk and for two years, was responsible for the oversight of the institution’s forensic evaluation program. Currently, Dr. Reardon maintains a forensic practice based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is Past President (2019) of the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) and presently serves as examination faculty and co-chair of continuing education for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

Shawn Acheson, PhD

Dr. Acheson earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL in 1997. He completed specialized training in clinical neuropsychology during his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He spent most of his career teaching and conducting clinical and pre-clinical research on TBI and the neurodevelopmental effects of alcohol and marijuana. In 2011 he joined the Duke Center for Psychiatry and Law and served as Lead Psychologist from 2015 – 2017. He also served as Staff Neuropsychologist in the Compensation & Pension and Neuropsychology Clinics at the Durham VA Medical Center from 2016 – 2017. In 2017 he returned to private practice in Asheville, NC where he provides clinical and forensic neuropsychology services in civil, criminal, and administrative courts.


  • Live Sessions w/ Q&A

    Conference sessions will be in live time with the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

  • Virtual Poster Sessions

    The Makey-Sokolov Poster Presentation will be available throughout the conference for viewing & discussion.

  • Continuing Education Credits

    There will be continuing education credits for MDs, Psychologists, RNs, LSW/LPCC, and for CLEs. CONCEPT will provide CEU's will be provide for all attendee's.

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