October 22, 2003
Dr. Reneau Kennedy, Forensic Director of the Department of Health,
Adult Mental Health Division was elected to serve a two-year term on
the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
(NASMHPD) for Forensic Director’s National Executive Council.
Kennedy represents the Western Region of the U.S. which is made up of
sixteen western states including Hawai`i, and Guam and American Samoa
"This appointment will provide an exciting opportunity to be
involved at the cutting edge of the field," Dr. Kennedy said. During
her term, she will work to address professional standardization and
evidence-based practices in the forensics field.
The purpose of the Forensic Director’s Council is to gather
individuals directly responsible for the administration of state
forensic systems in order to:
- Provide a mechanism for collection, study, discussion, resolution
and dissemination of problems, ideas, models, information, and
approaches to the planning, development, and operation of state
forensic systems, programs and facilities;
- Promote and to participate in training and in development of
- Improve the quality, effectiveness, and pursuit of excellence in
"These issues directly relate to the good work that the Hawai`i
State Hospital and the Adult Mental Health Division are presently
developing," she said.
Dr. Kennedy worked in the discipline of psychology with liaisons in
law and psychiatry for over 20 years. She earned a doctoral degree from
Boston University and did her pre- and post-doctoral work in three of
Harvard Medical School’s programs. She maintains licensure in
both Massachusetts and Hawai`i.
Dr. Kennedy is a current member of the Society for Personality
Assessment, the American Psychological Association, the Hawai`i
Psychological Association and the Homicide Research Working Group.
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