ASU_O'Connor-05-crop-150Sandra Day O’Connor, United States Supreme Court (ret.)

U.S.Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) was nominated to be the first woman on the country’s highest court by President Ronald Reagan. She served from Sept. 25, 1981, until her retirement on Jan. 31, 2006, and during that time was often a crucial deciding vote in 5-4 decisions on some of the most controversial issues of our time. She is described as a moderate conservative who takes a pragmatic view of jurisprudence.

Charles ArnoldCharles “Chick” Arnold, Certified Estate & Trust Law Specialist, Certified Fiduciary

Chick was formerly the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary, where he was guardian and conservator of approximately 600 adults within Maricopa County, Arizona, and was the named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit to assert the rights of the mentally ill in Arizona. He serves as a judge pro tempore in the Maricopa County Superior Court, Probate Division, is the former Chairman of the State Bar of Arizona Section on Mental Health and Elder Law, and frequently writes and speaks about a wide range of issues unique to his practice.

BuckholtzJoshua Buckholtz, Assistant Professor of Psychology Harvard University 

Dr. Buckholtz is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he directs the Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology lab. His research questions center on understanding how and why humans vary in their capacity for self-control. A particular focus is on uncovering how genetic and environmental risk factors for disorders of self-control – particularly addiction and antisocial behavior – affect brain chemistry, function and connectivity to confer risk for disease. To answer these questions, his lab uses an array of brain imaging tools in concert with brain stimulation and genetic approaches.

joel-dvoskin-phd1Joel A. Dvoskin, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Dvoskin holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.  Dr. Dvoskin is author of numerous articles and chapters in professional journals and texts, including a number of articles that deal with treatment of persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.  He has been qualified as an expert witness on these and related issues in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States.

hank-greely-largeHank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law; Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences; Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics, Stanford University

Hank Greely specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research. Greely is a founder and director of the International Neuroethics Society and a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science. He frequently serves as an advisor on California, national, and international policy issues.

kiehlKent Kiehl, Ph.D., Executive Science Officer/Director of Mobile Brain Imaging, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Law, University of New Mexico

Dr. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, sex offenders, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders.  Dr. Kiehl’s laboratory makes use of the one-of-a-kind Mind Mobile MRI System (patent pending) to conduct research and treatment protocols with forensic populations. To date his laboratory has deployed the Mobile MRI to collect brain imaging data from over 3000 offenders at eight different facilities in two states. This represents the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository.

Katherine NewmanKatherine NewmanJames B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Katherine Newman was previously the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes ’41 Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, where she had taught since 2004. From 2007 until her departure from Princeton, she directed the university-wide Institute for International and Regional Studies. She founded and chaired the university’s joint doctoral program in social policy, sociology, and politics and psychology.

PollackHaroldWebPhoto_20120727_asHarold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Harold Pollack is also Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab and an Executive Committee member of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health.

SusanRushingSusan Rushing, MD, JDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr.Rushing is actively involved in resident and medical student education at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and in Penn’s psychiatry residency programs as the course director for Forensic Psychiatry. She lectures on topics of law and medicine around the country with focus in decision making capacity, surrogate decision maker laws, criminal law and mental illness. Dr. Rushing’s research investigates traumatic brain injury and violent behavior.

Swanson picture - square cropJeffrey Swanson, Ph.D.Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Swanson holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University and is an expert in psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services effectiveness research, and mental health law and policy studies.  He is the author or co-author of over 185 publications on topics including violence and mental illness, involuntary outpatient commitment law, and psychiatric advance directives. Dr. Swanson’s current research is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of mental health restrictions on access to firearms.


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