Forensic Psychology is a discipline that combines the fields of psychology and criminal justice. Forensic Psychologists examine, analyze, and interpret human behavior in relationship to a crime. These specialists research and study all available situational evidence involved to recognize psychological patterns that exist in a case. This evidence is then used to analyze the motives and reactions of an individual suspect.
Skills and Duties
- Analyze crimes to determine what patterns or people should be further evaluated
- Perform research and document finding
- Perform psychological tests and evaluations analyses on evidence in laboratory settings
- Explore possible links between suspects and criminal activity, using the results of psychological analyses
- Possess a high level of emotional stability and communication skills
- Document and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses
B.S. Degree in Psychology
Common Courses: Organic Chemistry, Criminalistics, Biology, Psychological Theory, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice,
M.S. Degree in Forensic Science
Common Courses: Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Serology, DNA Analysis, Human Molecular Biology, Advanced Criminalistics
Must also be a Licensed Psychologist in your state.