Held on the 28th Nov 2023
at 5pm to
, Southern Tasmania; Online
Harvard Lecture Room 1, Centenary Building, Grosvenor Street, Sandy Bay CampusSummary:
International guest speakers: Professor David Khey and Ms Jada Hector
- Professor David Khey, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisiana
- Ms Jada Hector, Professional Counsellor
Professor David Khey and Ms Jada Hector will be in Australia to present at the IAFS/ANZFSS Symposium in Sydney this month. They will then spend a few days in Hobart, during which time they will present to the ANZFSS Tas Branch.
Dr Khey's interest is in exploring the US v Australian divergent paths in regard to opioid-related deaths; describing cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and its potential as an unintended consequence of cannabis "liberalisation"; and, as director of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, his interest in determining if accreditation can lead to reduced forensic malpractice and poor expert testimony.
Ms Hector's interest, as a licenced professional counsellor, is helping court systems tailor programming to divert individuals with a range of mental health and substance use disorders out of restrictive settings and into more therapeutic ones; and, in forensic science, helping professionals work through some of the trauma/vicarious trauma they come across in the field.
This is a hybrid event with online and onsite attendance modes. For online attendance please register here.
Members and guests welcome.
Professor David Khey holds an advanced degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in forensic drug chemistry and doctorate in criminology, law, and society from the University of Florida. He is the Department Head and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the President of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board. Dr Khey has focused his research on a few areas in criminology, criminal justice, and forensic science. In particular, he is currently investigating mental health policy, drug policy, control, toxicology, chemistry, and addiction, as well as the changing evidentiary power of forensic science technologies. Dr Khey has presented research on drug and alcohol use/abuse and provided policy analysis to local and state officials in Florida. A highlight of this work includes an invitation to address the Governor’s Office Drug Policy Advisory Council in 2007. Soon after moving to Louisiana at a time when divestments in mental health services were at its modern-day peak, mental health policy quickly became one of his key areas of focus and remains that way to this day.
Ms Jada Hector is a graduate of the Louisiana State University with a Masters degree in Counselling and is a Licenced Professional Counsellor in the state of Louisiana. Ms Hector is an accomplished mental health clinician with an array of experience from treating severe mental illness, trauma, substance use and abuse, to everyday mental health struggles. She lends those experiences to help local and state governments remedy gaps in mental health surveillance, treatment, and recovery options, create better policy, and heal communities. Ms Hector and Dr Khey have collaborated on projects to assist the court systems tailor programming to divert individuals with a range of mental health and substance use disorders out of restrictive settings and into more therapeutic ones. Ms Hector’s interest in forensic science lies in helping professionals work through some of the trauma and vicarious trauma they come across in the field.