Other Deception Events

Maastricht, The Netherlands

The 4th European Conference on Symptom Validity Assessment (SVA)

11 & 12 June 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Functional or Feigned?

Symptom validity is a productive research area, with articles, meta-analyses, handbooks, and new tools growing at a steady pace year after year. It is obvious why this is the case: The topic is highly relevant to neuropsychologists, forensic experts, psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists. Ongoing debates about whether or not PTSD rates are inflated, whether or not ADHD is an overdiagnosed condition, whether or not genuine amnesia in criminal offenders does exist, and how the demarcation line between feigned and truly functional symptoms can be established illustrate how significant the issue of symptom validity is.

This conference will focus not only on tools to evaluate symptom validity in patients, but also on basic issues related to diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology, and forensic implications.

The 4th European Conference builds on three preceding international meetings in 2009 (Würzburg), 2011 (London), and 2013 (Würzburg). It will involve keynote lectures, symposia, skill-building workshops, posters, and blitz sessions.




  • Richard Kanaan: Functional versus feigned
  • Michael Kopelman: Retrograde amnesia
  • Richard McNally: PTSD
  • Richard Rogers: SIRS-2, feigning and trauma


  • Richard Rogers: Structured interview of reported symptoms (preconference workshop)
  • SIRS-2


  • Thomas Merten, Martin van den Broek a.o.: New instruments in symptom validity assessment
  • Brechje Dandachi-FitzGerald, Douwe van der Heiden a.o.: Practical issues in symptom validity assessment
  • Maaike Cima, Ana Havelka Mestrovic a.o.: Forensic aspects
  • Chair Vicki Hall: Poster blitz sessions


Important dates:

What? When?
Call for abstracts 31 April 2015
SVA Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands 11 & 12 June 2015


The conference is organised by Harald Merckelbach (Maastricht University), Rudolf Ponds (Maastricht University), in collaboration with The Maastricht Forensic Institute.

Interested? Click here for more information about the conference, or here to register directly. In addition, a flyer with more information including a detailed conference program can be found here.

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