USA v. Peterson, et al.
Alan W. Scheflin
Alan Scheflin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1963 and received a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 1996. In 1967 he received an LLM from Harvard University Law School and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 1987. He has been a professor of Law at Santa Clara since 1979. Mr. Scheflin has been an active member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and received several awards from that organization.
Mr. Scheflin has an extensive list of publications and presentations. He has been an invited speaker at numerous meetings of professional groups including the American Psychological Association and American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and at conferences involving the treatment and prevention of ritual and cult abuse. He was a keynote speaker at the 1997 joint session of the 1997 Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Montreal. In 1991, he received the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric
Association for his book, Trance on Trial. Listed below are just a few of his publications:
- Scheflin and Opton, Jr. The Mind Manipulators. Paddington Press, 1978.
(Discusses techniques of coercive mind control, lobotomy, psychosurgery, electrical stimulation of the brain, brainwashing, hypnosis, and the C.I.A. and U.S. Army mind and behavior control experiments.)
- Brown, Scheflin, and Hammond. Memory, Trauma Treatment and the Law. Norton, 1998.
(Provides a review of scientific literature on memory and hypnosis and also on the legal aspects of hypnosis, lawsuits against therapists, and repressed memory.)
- Scheflin, "How Should Repressed Memory Cases Be Handled?" The Judges Journal 36(3), 72-75, Summer 1997.
- Scheflin, "Commentary on Borawick v. Shay: The Fate of Hypnotically Retrieved Memories." Cultic Studies Journal 12(1), 26-41 (1996).
- Scheflin & Brown, "Dissociative Amnesia or Repressed Memory: What the Science Says," Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 24, 143-188, Summer 1996.
- Scheflin, "The Current Assaults on Hypnosis and Therapy," Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Alberta Division, News & Views (Fall/Winter 1995).
- Spiegel and Scheflin, "Dissociated or Fabricated? Psychiatric Aspects of Repressed Memory in Criminal and Civil Cases," International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 42, 411-432 (1994).