Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Fellow Requirements

AAFS Promotion Requirements:

Applicants for membership in the Academy, or for promotion, shall be considered without regard to ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, faith, disability, or membership in other organizations.

  1. The criteria for promotion are applicable to all members seeking promotion to Member or to Fellow. Applications must be received and completed by October 1 to be considered for approval at the AAFS annual meeting.
  2. The criteria for original membership, as stated in the Bylaws for the AAFS Basic Requirements, still apply to promotions:
    • Membership shall be available only to those persons of professional competence, integrity, and good moral character:
      • Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
      •  Who have advanced the cause of forensic science in some other significant manner, and
      •  Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
      •  Who have earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, or from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation.
    • In addition, the following criteria for service to the AAFS and to forensic science in general is used:
      • Service to the AAFS. This includes attendance at the annual meetings and participation in the program. Attendance at a minimum of one (1) meeting is required for advancement from Associate Member to Member and one (1) additional meeting for advancement from Member to Fellow. However, if exigencies such as workload requirements, finances, or ill health preclude such attendance, this will be taken into consideration.  It is AAFS policy that members who exhibit at the annual meeting must pay the meeting registration fee, if the exhibitor wishes to receive continuing education credit or count the meeting attendance toward fulfilling a requirement for membership promotion.
      • Service in the general area of forensic sciences. This is intended to recognize the individual who performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities but who, in so doing, is unable to excel in other endeavors.
      • Service in the area of forensic science research. Any contribution which the individual has made since his/her admission to the AAFS or latest advancement will be given consideration.
      • Service in the area of forensic science education or training. Any effort (either by formal or informal curricula) to disseminate the scientific information which the individual has acquired throughout his/her career will be considered.

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Promotion Requirements:

NOTE: Please contact the AAFS Office for requirements outside the U.S. (

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in general and forensic psychiatry (or equivalents for international members), or be a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology/ American Board of Forensic Psychology and Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (or equivalents for international members) or for research psychologists (admitted under Associate Member, C.4) who have attained the rank of Fellow of the American Psychology – Law Society (Div. 41 of the American Psychological Association); and
  2. Register and attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted; and
  3. Have served three (3) years as a Member or one (1) year in the event of participation in a joint session of the AAFS or scientific presentation in a section other than the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section; and
  4. Demonstrate active participation in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section. Participation may include the presentation of a scientific paper or serving as a moderator at an AAFS Annual Meeting, publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, or active participation on a working committee within the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section.

References not required.

To apply online for membership, click the button below

Apply Now

or Download the Application Form and return to

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
410 N. 21st Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904


©2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences