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