AUS PsyD Chair, Dr. Jude Bergkamp, and his dissertation student, Shawn Curtis presented in early March at the American Psychological Association’s Division 41 Psychology & Law Society conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Bergkamp’s presentation was entitled “Applied Cultural Factors in Legal Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: Two Cases of the Jinni.” Mr. Curtis’ presentation was based on his dissertation entitled, “The Examination of Cultural Influence in the Determination of Adjudicative Competency: A Grounded Theory.” The presentation was attended by forensic evaluators, attorneys, and academics in the field.
Dr. Bergkamp reports, “Shawn and I collaborated with University of Washington faculty and an Washington State forensic evaluator in preparation for this presentation. The presentation was well attended and received, with some promising future research opportunities developed. Shawn did a great job guiding the audience through his dissertation research as well. This is a great example of AUS PsyD student/faculty collaboration.”