Assessing Criminal Competency and Responsibility in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Thursday, September 24, 2020
There are over 3 million individuals in the United States diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and prevalence estimates rates have doubled since 2000. Criminal competency evaluations and criminal responsibility evaluations are two of the most common criminal forensic evaluations completed. This presentation provides information and practical guidance for assessing criminal competency and criminal responsibility in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with an emphasis on how characteristics of the disorder uniquely affect relevant psycholegal abilities.
Psychologists attending this session will be able to:
- identify common characteristics of criminal offenders diagnosed with ASD,
- describe how attributes of ASD are most likely to impact psycholegal capacities related to criminal competency and criminal responsibility, and
- identify key tools for use in assessing persons with ASD.
Presented by A.J. McConnell, PsyD & Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, LICDC-CS, ABPP
A.J. McConnell, PsyD is a psychologist at Forum Ohio, LLC In Columbus. Dr. McConnell has worked at a county board of developmental disabilities, a forensic psychiatric hospital, and a large children’s hospital and he is on the faculty at Ohio State University. Dr. McConnell has written and presented on topics related to co-parenting, family stressors, and forensic issues in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including those with ASD.
Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, LICDC-CS, ABPP, is a board-certified forensic psychologist, attorney at law, and licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. Previously, he has worked in a state forensic psychiatric hospital and served as Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Currently, he is President of Stinson & Associates, Inc., and Managing Partner of Forum Ohio, LLC, both private forensic psychology practices in Columbus.