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Panel Discussion: Are Mass Shooters Mentally Ill and What Can We Do About Them?

March 27, 2013 11:10am - March 27, 2013 12:20pm
Room 118


The Weaver Institute will present a panel of experts from various backgrounds to discuss issues concerning mental illness and mass slayings. What role does mental illness play in these tragedies? Are they preventable? Where should resources be allocated? More treatment? More security? Should law students be allowed to “pack” on campus?
Weaver Center Co-Director Jim Hunt will act as moderator for the following panel  members:  

  • Michael Cureton, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the University of Cincinnati. With more than 30 years experience with the Cincinnati Police, Chief Cureton is intimately familiar with the community in which the University operates. He rose through the ranks from patrol officer to Assistant Police Chief of Cincinnati over a distinguished career and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
  • Valerie Gray Hardcastle, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Scholar-in-Residence at the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. The author of five books and over 120 essays, she studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience.  Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.  She was Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech at the time of the Seung Hui Cho shooting.
  • Dr. Douglas Mossman is Professor of Psychiatry and the Program Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the UC College of Medicine. He has made hundreds of presentations to mental health professionals and attorneys audiences at local, regional, national, and international meetings, and he has authored more than 150 publications on legal and ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. His article “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff” received the American Psychiatric Association's 2008 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for outstanding contributions to the literature on forensic psychiatry. Hundreds of scientific and legal publications have cited Dr. Mossman's 1994 article, “Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy.”Dr. Mossman's current faculty duties include training psychiatry residents and speaking to physicians and attorneys about mental disabilities and the law. In addition to treating patients, his clinical practice focuses on evaluating individuals involved in legal proceedings. His recent scholarly projects investigate predictions of violence, malingering measures, competence to stand trial, civil commitment, and novel mathematical approaches to assessing test accuracy. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Treasurer of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and he is listed in “Best Doctors in America.
  •  A.J. Stephani is the Director of Legal Didactics for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he teaches the year-long multidisciplinary course in Mental Health Law. A.J. also has expertise in state and federal evidence law, civil procedure law, and sports law, which he teaches in the Department of Sports Studies at Xavier University.


Come join us on March 27 and join in the discussion. Pizza and drinks will be served.This event is sponsored by the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry.