Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Daylong discussions, learning highlight 11th annual Forensic Psychology Day @ X

March 8th, 2019

From discussions around mental health in policing to the Dennis Oland trial, participants at the 11th annual Forensic Psychology Day @ X, held March 8 in StFX’s MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre, had a terrific opportunity to participate in daylong discussions of all matters at the interface of psychology and law.  

Now in its 11th year, this annual event is organized by StFX forensic psychology students and includes speakers from the criminal and correctional justice systems, forensic researchers and students. Speakers and guests came from across Atlantic Canada. 

“The professionals, many being StFX alumni, who help out with the Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology in various ways, such as speaking in class, providing workshops, and facilitating placements for students, have been coined ‘friends of forensic psychology’ by (concentration coordinator and StFX psychology professor) Dr. Margo Watt, and this day is organized by students with the goal of recognizing and thanking them for all that they do,” says Claire Keenan, a StFX student and one of the day’s organizers, along with Jennifer Aftanas. 

“The event also serves as an opportunity for students, both forensic students and otherwise, and community members to gain a better understanding of the program and of forensic psychology in general.”

Several highlights from the day included keynote speaker Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, a psychology professor at the University of New Brunswick, whose address focused on 'Mental Health in Policing;’ Dr. Meg Ternes, a forensic psychologist from Saint Mary's University who spoke about deception detection; and an alumni panel who spoke about their careers since StFX, their research, and answered questions from current students.

Other highlights included talks from correctional psychologists Paul Murphy and Lesa Dawson – Mental Health in Correctional Service of Canada; Nicole Rovers – Legal Aid Law; and Dr. Veronica Stinson of Saint Mary’s University – Psychological science on juries in Canadian courts: Lessons and research implications from the Dennis Oland trials. 

In addition, current StFX students presented posters on their practicum placements.

Ms. Keenan says each year students speak of the impact Forensic Psychology Day @ X has on them. “Not only is it an opportunity to show what they have been working on within their placements, it is a chance to see the variety of career options that can stem from forensic psychology, as well as hear about fascinating research and work being done,” she says. 

“Not to mention, it gives students the ability to meet professionals and experts and make connections that could end up being beneficial to their future goals.” 

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