Ask the mentor: testimony and politics

Recently, one of our mentors was asked a really great question. A student inquired about whether politics impact the testimony experts deliver. The official answer is no. The services conducted by forensic psychologists involved the application of a well-accepted methodology reliably applied to the details of the case. Now, it is important to know that politics as a cultural issue should and will impact the expert’s case formulation. However, it is not the expert’s culture or political leanings that should drive the opinions. Rather, it should be the examinee’s culture and political… Read More

What is it like in graduate school for forensic psychology?

After undergrad, you’ll need at least 5 more years of school to become a forensic psychologist. You probably knew that, but let me tell you what is it like in graduate school for forensic psychology. Your experiences in school as a teenager or young adult do not capture what it is like in graduate school for forensic psychology. For one, during graduate school for forensic psychology (or any other subspecialty), you will only be taking about four classes per semester. It is expected that you’ll earn B’s and above in those classes…. Read More

What is Forensic Psychology

What is Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is applying the methods and science of psychology to answering questions relating to a legal issue or a particular judicial process. For example, let us talk about a classic not guilty by reason of insanity case. Although these cases are rarely successful, they are probably the most well-known cases involving expert witnesses with a specialization in forensic psychology. In most states for someone to be found not guilty by reason of insanity, it must be established that the defendant did not have an understanding of the wrongfulness of their behavior… Read More

What is Criminal Psychology?

Before we go on to determine What is Criminal Psychology, let us first define, what exactly is a Crime? In general terms, crimes are acts that break the law of a particular country. The Oxford English Dictionary defines crime as: “An act punishable by law, as being forbidden by statute or injurious to the public welfare. An evil or injurious act, an offense, sin, especially of a grave character.” We must say, though, that this is a simplified view of a crime. There is no such thing as a simple and objective… Read More

Forensic Psychology Definition

forensic psychology defined

Forensic Psychology Definition: How to define forensic psychology? The application of psychological data, process, theory and science to the judicial process.

What is a Forensic Psychiatrist?

What is a Forensic Psychiatrist? Great question. It’s a medical sub-specialty of psychiatry that applies the science of psychiatry to the judicial process.

What is Clinical Forensic Psychology?

Clinical forensic psychology

Clinical forensic psychology is the application of clinical psychology to assist in the legal process, typically by way of assessment, interviewing, testing, report writing and testimony.

What is a Forensic Psychologist?

what is a forensic psychologist

What is a forensic psychologist and other forensic psychology questions presented by our visitors (typically students) is why we teamed up to form the forensic psychology coalition. The definition of forensic psychology explains what’s a forensic psychologist.