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

Dr. Reardon obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida State University in 2004. She completed a clinical internship with a forensic emphasis at the University of North Carolina, Department of Psychiatry, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Dorothea Dix Hospital. She is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In the course of her training and professional career, Dr. Reardon has completed numerous court-ordered and privately retained forensic assessments of competency (to stand trial, waive Miranda), criminal responsibility, recidivism risk, and sentencing mitigation. At the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, she supervised the completion of several hundred forensic evaluations completed annually by doctoral-level psychologists and pre-doctoral interns. She also consulted on violence risk assessments, managed therapeutic services provided to sentenced inmates, and directed the development of a “residential” forensic treatment program for those subject to civil commitment due to adjudications of insanity or non-restorability. She conducted staff training on suicide prevention, communication, employee assistance programs, and PREA. Currently, Dr. Reardon maintains a private practice based in Raleigh, North Carolina, primarily offering forensic evaluation and consultation services in several state and federal jurisdictions. Dr. Reardon serves on the faculty for the St. John’s University Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Certificate Program and previously, for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology online Master’s Degree program. She has offered seminars and workshops for mental health and legal professionals on various psycholegal topics, including the assessment of mental state defenses, forensic evaluation in capital cases, diagnostic formulation, and expert consultation. She is co-author of the book, Simple Treatments for Complex Problems: A Flexible Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System Approach to Psychotherapy, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, and has published research in the areas of competency restoration, antisocial personality/psychopathy, and substance misuse. She is an active member of the American Psychology-Law Society and currently serves on the Continuing Education committee. She serves as faculty for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, reviewing work samples and conducting oral examinations of candidates seeking board certification. She is the former President (2019) of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and is the current Co-Chair of Continuing Education for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology

Shawn Acheson, PhD

Shawn K. Acheson, Ph.D. began his career in 1998 as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Western Carolina University where he served as Assistant, then Associate Professor as well as Director of Clinical Training. In 2007 he returned to Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center where he had previously completed his post-doc in clinical neuropsychology and behavioral neuroscience. His work at Duke and the VA focused on the developmental toxicology of alcohol and cannabinoids using pre-clinical models of adolescence. In 2010, he joined the Duke Center for Psychiatry and Law and served as Lead Psychologist in the center from 2015 - 2017. Dr. Acheson is currently in private practice in Asheville, NC where his work is devoted to forensic neuropsychology in criminal and civil proceedings; worker’s compensation and independent medical evaluations; litigation support and consulting; and, didactic training and clinical supervision. He continues to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke where maintains an active research in the Center for the Study of the American College Student focusing on mental health and substance abuse among college students. Dr. Acheson also serves as Clinical Associate Professor and consulting neuropsychologist in the Asheville TEACCH Center for Autism (a division of the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill). Dr. Acheson has previously presented workshops on neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, and the pharmacology of recreational drugs to attorneys, legal nurse consultants, and as part of the AAFP workshop series.


  • 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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