Keynote-Speakers


Kevin J. Bianchini (USA)
Malingered Pain-Related Disability

Dr. Kevin J. Bianchini is a board certified Neuropsychologist and a Clinical Psychologist who has been in practice in Louisiana for 15 years. He was the Director of Neuropsychology for Bancroft NeuroHealth, a residential brain injury rehabilitation facility in Louisiana for 6 years. He has remained involved in the rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury and pain throughout his career. Dr. Bianchini and has published more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals on psychological factors and work related injuries, brain damage, neuropsychological assessment, and performance and symptom validity assessment. Dr. Bianchini has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. 
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Tulane University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, and at the University of New Orleans, Department of Psychology. Dr. Bianchini has staff privileges with a number of area hospitals. He is the managing partner of Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group, which has offices in Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houston. He is licensed in Louisiana and Texas. Dr. Bianchini has testified as an expert witness in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in state and federal courts in cases on brain injury, toxic exposure, pain and psychological/psychiatric disorders.






Harald Merckelbach (NL)
Dissociative Disorders and Malingering

Harald Merckelbach is a professor of legal psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He has a science column in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He also writes popular books on legal psychological issues. End of this year, his new book – Only Bad People Are Found Guilty – will appear (in Dutch).
Merckelbach is interested in the overlap between over-reporting and dissociative symptoms. Together with his colleagues, he recently published a review about this phenomenon (Symptom overreporting and dissociative experiences: A qualitative review) in Consciousness and Cognition.
Merckelbach is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities




Thomas Merten (D)

Clinical neuropsychologist and psychotherapist based at a major general hospital in Berlin. Authored more than 150 scientific articles, book chapters, books, and reviews. Lectured at various universities. Is regularly consulted for independent forensic evaluations by courts, state departments, public and private agencies. Convenor of the Third European Symposium on Symptom Validity Assessment in Würzburg, Germany, July 2013.






Siegfried L. Sporer (D)
Evidence-based evaluation of symptom reports: Implications from basic and applied memory research

Siegfried Ludwig Sporer, Ph.D., is Professor for social psychology and psychology and law at the University of Giessen, Germany (mandatory retirement since October 2015). His research has focused on eyewitness testimony, facial recognition and person identification, and eyewitness meta-memory as well as nonverbal, paraverbal, linguistic and content cues to deception and the detection of deception. In recent years, he has specialized on meta-analyses of various aspects of eyewitness identification testimony and deception. Currently, he is serving as an expert witness on eyewitness testimony issues.

E-Mail: sporer@psychol.uni-giessen.de




Gerald Young (CA)
Feigned Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 

Gerald Young, Ph.D., C. Psych., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada. In addition, he is a practicing psychologist. He is the sole author or senior editor/ co-author of seven books, including on malingering (Malingering, Feigning, and Response Bias in Psychiatric/ Psychological Injury – Implications for Practice and Court published by Springer SBM, New York, 2014).  For the area of psychological injury and law, he is the first to have organized (a) a scientific association [www.asapil.net], (b) an academic journal [Psychological Injury and Law [PIL, springer.com]], and (c) he has written integrative books on the topic (including in 2006, 2007). His other areas of research include child development (Development and Causality: Neo-Piagetian Perspectives, Springer, 2011) and the DSM-5 (he co-edited two PIL special issues on the topic, in 2010 and 2013). His most recent book is on causality and etiology in psychology and psychopathology (Springer SBM, 2016).