Past Event

Maya Sabatello - Psychiatric Genetics in Child Custody Proceedings

April 16, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
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New York State Psychiatric Institute (Room #6601), Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York

Event Description:

The exponential growth of psychiatric genetics raises the possibility that such data will be used as evidence in civil litigation. This seminar will begin by reviewing appellate court decisions in which genetic claims in connection with psychiatric conditions were raised in proceedings to terminate parental rights. It will then present finding from a national survey about the impact of psychiatric genetic evidence on judicial decisions in child custody proceedings. It will discuss the ethical concerns that arise and the broader implications of the geneticization of family relations for psychiatric practice and the administration of justice. 

Event Speaker: 

  • Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD (Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry; Co-Director, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture Project, Columbia University)

Event Information:

This event is a part of the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics as hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics at the Columbia University Medical Center.