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Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Psychology Degrees, Forensic Psychology Programs

 

Forensic Psychology is the practice of psychology related to the legal system. This may involve relationships with federal, state and local Law Enforcement Agencies; Attorneys and the Court; Corrections Facilities; and with people whose situations or behavior leads them into involvement with the Courts.

 

A Forensic Psychologist may choose among a variety of specialties.  Some of the areas of common practice include Child Custody Mediation; Consulting on defendant Competency to Stand Trial; case strategy and Jury Selection; and Court Testimony providing Expert Opinion on psychological issues before the Court.   Psychological Testing and Evaluation of persons involved in the criminal justice system may also fall to the Forensic Psychologist. 

 

The practice of criminal Profiling has become a highly exposed issue in criminal justice.  Forensic Psychologists have been in the middle of the debate; it is a tool that some elements in law enforcement have found to be important.  Others find it to be a dangerous generalization that can lead to the unfair treatment of innocent people.

 

Degrees for Careers in Forensic Psychology

 

  • Bachelors/Masters in Social Work
  • Bachelors/Masters in Counseling
  • Bachelors/Masters in Psychology
  • Doctorate in Psychology

Median Salary for a Forensic Psychologist

 

$70,520 – Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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