Forensic Psychology

By: Kaleigh Keyes

What do they do?

A lot of the time forensic psychologists work with attorneys, and within the court. They often ask the criminal defedent questions and issues pertaining to the law and legal system. From these questions the forensic psychologist might require retrospective analysis, a specific alibi at a certain time, or to predict future behavior of the suspect.


Mostly forensic psychologists work in criminal and civil matters. A few examples would be custody disputes, insurance claims, and civil lawsuits.


The salary for forensic psychology discipline is about $50,000 annually. Although, certain psychologists make up to $100,000 annually.

How Common?

Forensic psychology is becoming well known and is increasing in numbers as people get interested in this field. This is becoming one of the fastest growing disciplines in psychology, and currently has 3,000 members in American Psychology- Law Society.

Education and Training:

Most forensic psychologists need to get a doctoral degree in psychology, usually in clinical or counseling psychology. Although certain schools, such as the University of Arizona, offer a degree specifically focused on forensic psychology.


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