The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Suggestibility & the Criminal Justice System: A Review for Professionals   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D, MA, MS, MS, MS

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Define suggestibility and its subtypes
  • Review warning signs and risk factors for suggestibility
  • Discuss approaches and techniques to limit the potential impact of suggestibility in criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal settings


In this session, the presenter will address the phenomenon of suggestibility. Suggestibility is an individual’s propensity to assume and espouse the views of another person. Specifically, an individual may slightly alter an existing memory or create an entirely new memory in response to someone else’s suggestion. Proneness to suggestibility is elevated in children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and disorders. Suggestibility can also occur in individuals in high-stress situations. For example, in a courtroom setting, the use of repetitious lines of questioning, may exacerbate the likelihood of suggestibility, false confessions and wrongful convictions.

A post-test, handout, and certificate of completion will be provided upon completion of this one-hour webinar. 

Presenter Biography:

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past fifteen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). 

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