Forensic Psychology Resources Schools Books


More and more psychologists are claiming to be forensic psychologists. If you want to become an expert, you’ll need some important resources.


The American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) defines Forensic Psychology as the “application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system.” Many of these open access resources have been recommended by the ABFP.



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Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology

Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change

Guidelines for Test User Qualifications

Child Maltreatment

Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters

London, K., Bruck, M., Wright, D. B., & Ceci, S. J. (2008). Review of the contemporary literature on how children report sexual abuse to others: Findings, methodological issues, and implications for forensic interviewers. Memory, 16(1), 29-47.

Child Custody

Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations. New York State the Office of the Professions. (updated, 2009).

Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination

Style, A. P. A. Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings.

Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. (2006).

Report Writing

Morse, Stephen J. “The non‐problem of free will in forensic psychiatry and psychology.” Behavioral sciences & the law 25.2 (2007): 203-220.

Witt, P. H. (2010). Forensic report checklist. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 2, 233-240.

Ethics, Guidelines, Professional Issues & Duties

Cities v. Iowa, 322 N.W 2d 917 (Iowa Ct. App 1982)

Commonwealth v. Kobrin, 395 Mass 1004, 479 N.E.2d 674 (1985)

Doe v. Roe, 400 N.Y.Supp.2d 668 (1977)

In re Lifschutz, 2 Cal. 3d 415, 467 P.2d 557 (1970)

Jaffee v. Redmond, 116 S.Ct. 1923 (1996)

Menendez v. Superior Court, 834 P.2d 786 (1992)

Law, Precedents, Court Rules, Civil & Criminal Procedure

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 516 U.S. 869 (1993)

Frye v. U.S., 295 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923)

General Electric Co. v. Joiner, 522 U.S. 136 (1997)

Jenkins v. U.S., 307 F.2d. 637 (D.C. Cir. 1961)

Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999)

Testing & Assessment, Judgment & Bias, Examination Issues

Griggs v. Duke Power Co., 401 U.S. 424 (1971)

Hall v. Florida, 472 U.S. _ (2014)

United States v. Greer, 158 F.3d 228 (1998)

Communicating Forensic Opinions ‐ Expert Testimony & Report Writing

Bruce v. Byrne‐Stevens & Assocs. Eng’rs, 113 Wn.2d 123 (1989)

Budwin v. American Psychological Association, 29 Cal. Rptr. 2d 453 (1994)

Deatherage v. Examining Board of Psychology, 948 P.2d 828 (Wash. 1997)

Jenkins v. U.S., 307 F.2d. 637 (D.C. Cir. 1961)

Murphy v. A. A. Mathews, 841 S.W.2d 671 (Mo. 1992)

Competence to Stand Trial

Ake v. Oklahoma, 470 U.S. 68 (1985)

Cooper v. Oklahoma, 517 U.S. 348 (1996)

Drope v. Missouri, 420 U.S. 162 (1975)

Dusky v. U.S., 362 U.S. 402 (1960)

Estelle v. Smith, 451 U.S. 454 (1981)

G.J.I. v. State 778 P.2d 485 (1989)

Jackson v. Indiana, 406 U.S. 715 (1972)

Medina v. California, 505 U.S. 1244 (1992)

Pate v. Robinson, 383 U.S. 375 (1966)

Riggins v. Nevada, 524 U.S. 127 (1992)

Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166 (2003)

Sieling v. Eyman, 478 F.2d 211 (9th Cir. 1973)

U.S. v. Duhon, 104 F. Supp. 2d 663 (W.D.La, 2000)

Wilson v. U.S., 391 F.2d 460 (D.C. Cir. 1968)

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