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Faculty Bios for The Psyche at Work Program

Dr. Douglas Mossman joined the College of Law in June 2005 as Director of the Weaver Center for Law and Psychiatry after teaching as adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law for more than a decade. In July 2008, he rejoined the Department of Psychiatry at the UC College of Medicine (having left in 1993), where he is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Forensic Psychiatry Training. From 1993 until 2008, he was Professor and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Dr. Mossman's academic activities include teaching physicians, law students, and attorneys about the interface between psychiatry and the law. In his clinical practice, Dr. Mossman treats adults and children and performs evaluations used in legal proceedings. In May 2008, he received the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to the literature in forensic psychiatry. He also is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, a former councilor of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and past-president of the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Dr. Mossman has given more than 200 lectures and presentations to medical, legal, and nonprofessional audiences at local, regional, national, and international meetings. His continuing medical education lectures have dealt with issues in law and psychiatry, psychopharmacology, medical decision-making and medical ethics. His presentations to attorneys and judges have focused on mental disorders and mental-health testimony. His 100-plus publications cover a wide range of topics, including legal and ethical issues, medical decision-making, statistics, and psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Mossman's current scholarly projects investigate prediction of aggression, competence to divorce, civil commitment, assessing competence to stand trial, legal developments related to novel antipsychotic drugs, and mathematical methods for evaluating forensic assessments.

Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron will facilitate the workshop and teach the ethics hour. Professor of Practice and Director of the Center for Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of law, Marjorie Aaron teaches negotiation, client counseling, decision analysis, mediation and mediation advocacy. She received the law school’s Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and the university’s President’s Excellence award in 2006. Former Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and former Vice President and Senior Mediator at Endispute, Inc. (now JAMS-ADR), Professor Aaron is a mediator and arbitrator in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professor Aaron is the author of numerous chapters, articles, and case simulations as well as the forthcoming book, Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients Through Bad News and Other Legal Realities (Oxford University Press, 2012). A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Professor Aaron practiced as a litigator before entering the field of dispute resolution.

Dr. Scott Bresler is a clinical forensic psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the UC, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. He serves as the Clinical Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry and as Director of Psychology Assessment Services at The University Hospital. His responsibilities include coordinating and performing risk assessments of hospitalized patients and of corporate employees whose workplace behavior raises questions about possible future violence. He also performs violence risk assessments for civil and criminal courts in several jurisdictions nationally, and he is a member of the Threat Assessment Team with local university police. He has written workplace violence policies that have been implemented in private industry settings and large public agencies. Dr. Bresler trains staff members at numerous agencies to recognize and respond to situations that indicate increased risk of violence. He also performs a variety of psycholegal assessments (e.g., trial competency, criminal responsibility, death penalty mitigation) at the request of courts, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. He is licensed to practice psychology in Nebraska, Massachusetts, and Ohio.

Professor Sandra Sperino will provide an employment law perspective on the mental health issues and their workplace impact. Professor Sperino teaches in the areas of civil procedure, torts, and employment law. Prior to joining the UC faculty, she served on the faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She previously was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to her academic career, Professor Sperino was a clerk for the Hon. Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and an attorney for the litigation and labor and employment departments at Lewis, Rice & Fingerish in St. Louis. There she drafted the petition for writ of certiorari and co-authored the brief argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Sell, in which the Court determined the government must satisfy certain criteria before it can medicate pre-trial detainees to make them competent for trial. Professor Sperino’s scholarship focuses on employment discrimination. Her most recent article is Rethinking Discrimination Law, 110 MICH. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2011). She is the co-author of EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION: CASES AND MATERIALS, Carolina Academic Press (co-authored with Susan Grover and Jarod Gonzalez) (2010). She currently serves as the Chair-Elect for the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law and is a contributing editor to several employment law books published by the American Bar Association. Professor Sperino received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the states of Illinois and Missouri.