Forensic Psyschology

By: Autumn Redmon 4th Period

What is forensic psychology?

Forensic psychology is the branch of psychology that interacts with the law.

Where do forensic Psychologists work? What they do?

Most Forensic Psychologists work in either police departments, crime labs, treatment facilities, or even prisons. Sometimes even forensic psychologists work at colleges or universities to teach the research. Also, to get to the level of a forensic scientists you must have some background with the police department.


Forensic Psychologists rehabilitate offenders of the law through counseling and therapy. They also perform mental stability tests on victims or suspects to see if they are able to take the witness stand or testify in court. Sometimes forensic psychologists interview the more emotional cases such as with women or children.

Requirements to be a forensic psychologist?

To be a forensic psychologist you will need a bachelors degree in psychology, criminal justice, or even criminology. But most of the time a bachelor's degree will not get you far so it would take 2-4 more years to get your masters degree or doctorate in forensic psychology.

Benefits of being a Forensic Psychologist

There are many benefits of being in the field of forensic psychology.


  1. You get to help suspects and victims better themselves and eventually help them become mentally stable.
  2. Your salary is ranged from $35,333-$103,576. Also a recent study was conducted in 2010 that stated that traditional psychologists median salary was 86,510.
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Background on Forensic Psychology.

Forensic psychology has been around since the 700s but it really emerged in 1800s when the first use of toxicology was used in a jury trial. When the first recorded use of fingerprints to solve a crime was used. There are many more as well.

The birth of Forensic Psychology began with James Mckeen Cattell at Columbia University in 1893. He began to conduct tests on fellow students he asked them a series of questions to record how confident they were in their answers.

In Texas Forensic Psychology is popular there are schools that provide Forensic Psychology such as University Of Houston where they have an entire center for it. Also, Texas Tech provides Forensic and Correctional Psychology. But unfortunately not every state provides Forensic Psychology. All states require some form of certification or license such as a masters, bachelor's, or doctorate to practice as a forensic psychologist.

Other Disciplines

Forensic Pathologists- They determine how a victim died and why with performing autopsies.


Forensic Toxicologists- They perform tests on the human body to check for drugs

in the body for the crime scene.


Forensic Nursing- They assist in investigations involving sexual abuse or other types of trauma. They collect DNA samples and blood as well.


Forensic Anthropology- They focus on the study of the human skeleton to find clues about the victims identity and determine their cause of death.


Forensic odontology- They are able to look at dental evidence to determine the age,sex,and other important facts about the victim.

Cites

"Forensic Psychology Careers." How To Become A Forensic Psychologist. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2015

"ExploreHealthCareers.org." Forensic Odontology. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2015.

"How to Become a Forensic Psychologist | Forensic Psychology Colleges and Careers." How to Become. N.p. Web. 26 Aug. 2015