Forensic Psychology

By Avah Benoit

What Does a Forensic Psychologist Do?

Forensic psychologists practice a psychological assessment or evaluation of individuals who are involved in the legal system. This usually aids in finding out more about the actions and motive of criminals.

What is Forensic Psychology?

Despite what most people believe forensic psychology is different from criminal profiling. Criminal profiling is the processed used when police want to find the unsub, using certain behaviors used by the suspect to predict their next move. While forensic psychology is similar to this, it is instead used to decipher the actions of a known suspect and any possible motives this person had.

Requirements for Becoming a Forensic Psychologist

In order to become a forensic psychologist you must have either a PhD or a PsyD from an APA-accredited or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited Doctoral Program. You also must have the equivalent of two years professional experience - one of which must be an APA or CPA accredited pre-doctoral internship.