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AAFS Announces 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors

Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is governed by an 18-member board of directors, which includes 11 Academy members who are elected by their respective sections.

Serving as 2014-15 officers are: Daniel A. Martell, PhD, president; Susan M. Ballou, MS, vice president; John E. Gerns, MFS, secretary; Barry K. Logan, PhD, past president; Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, president-elect; Robert B.J. Dorion, DDS, vice president; and Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, treasurer. 

The 2014-15 board of directors are: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD; Lucy A. Davis, BHS; David W. Baker, MFS; Julie A. Howe, MBA;Roderick T. Kennedy, JD; John P. Kenney, DDS, MS; Gregory G. Davis, MD; John L. Young, MD, MS; Jane A. Lewis, MFS; andRuth E. Winecker, PhD.

Dr. Martell is an AAFS Fellow and the first forensic psychologist to become president of the Academy. He will carry forward the important work of AAFS by encouraging multi-disciplinary divergent approaches to a common forensic problem or issue.  A focus on international collaboration, mentoring, education and stimulating the future of forensic sciences by engaging young forensic scientists, distinguished fellows and past presidents will carry forward the vital, credible work of the forensic sciences and its application to the legal system.

"Multi-disciplinary, internationally collaborative efforts of the forensic sciences community strengthens our ability to enhance the techniques, technologies and processes that drive the core mission of AAFS and its members – to provide credible, unbiased, scientifically proven evidence to the judicial system.  Working with governments, law enforcement and the legal system, we will continue to strengthen the science that is applied to the law," says Martell.  "We will also continue to foster best practices and cultivate future generations of forensic scientists who, by the rigorous training and requirements of AAFS, will carry forward legitimate forensic sciences," he said.

Martell is the forensic neuropsychologist for the forensic litigation consulting firm of Park Dietz & Associates and the Threat Assessment Group, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA.  A cum laude psychology graduate from Washington and Jefferson College, Martell earned his master's and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia.  He is a member of several highly esteemed associations and was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study violent criminal behavior among the homeless and mentally ill.

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