Functional or Feigned Complaints?


The 4th European Conference On Symptom Validity Assessment


June 11-12, 2015


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.

As in previous years, poster submissions are welcomed: we seek two types of posters: posters on interesting clinical or forensic cases and posters on research outcomes. We will organize two poster blitz sessions.

Maastricht is the oldest city of The Netherlands, with a beautiful historical town center. It has excellent train and bus connections to Aachen (30 minutes), Liège (15 minutes), and Brussels airport (1 hour).

We look forward to meeting you at the 2015 Maastricht conference,
Harald Merckelbach,Professor of Legal Psychology Maastricht University
Rudolf Ponds,Professor of Medical Psychology Maastricht University