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Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the field of criminal justice and law; this expertise is essential in courtrooms.  Forensic Psychologists work with a wide variety of clients in just as many settings.  Typically, Forensic Psychologists work in courts and private practices.  Many work in civil, criminal and family courts doing a variety of things; such as assessing mental competency of child and adult offenders, providing psychotherapy to crime victims, performing child custody evaluations, working with child witnesses, and providing second opinions.

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Some conduct research on witness testimonies and jury behavior.  Forensic psychologists are often involved in lawsuits and custody disputes.  They can also provide analysis of a criminal’s mind and intent, treat mentally ill offenders and even consult with lawyers.

 

What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychologists work with law enforcement agencies to develop profiles of criminals that are based on psychological traits. They use principles of psychology to study the behavior of criminals and work within criminal and justice systems. Forensic Psychologists evaluate criminals to understand their mindset and motives at the time of an offense. They conduct screenings and assessments of prisoners, investigate psychological disorders within criminal and civil court defendants and they examine the mental state of criminals to determine their fitness to stand trial.

Forensic Psychologists may develop relationships with clients in the justice system by providing one-on-one therapy or group therapy services. They work with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals, analyzing psychological details of criminal cases. Forensic Psychologists perform crime-scene evaluations, reviewing available evidence to determine the criminal’s physical characteristics and motivation. They also perform competency, triage, suicide and violence risk assessments.

Where do Professionals in Forensic Psychology Work?

Forensic Psychologists work in many settings. They may work for the prison system or in criminal wards of mental facilities. Many Forensic Psychologists work for the court system, assisting attorneys with jury selection. They also work with the courts on child abuse cases, child custody cases, or with cases of insurance fraud.

Many Forensic Psychologists provide criminal profiling and other services for state and local agencies and others work for the federal government in agencies such as the FBI. They may also provide consulting services to police agencies and courts.  

 

What Skills are Required in Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychologists must have a strong background in psychology. They possess firm understanding of scientific theory and empirical research. Forensic Psychologists must have critical thinking skills and a thorough understanding of social and cultural issues. They must have familiarity with criminal law and mental health law as well as case law and courtroom proceedings.  

Forensic Psychologists should have keen observation skills and be socially perceptive. They learn to evaluate human behavior, paying attention to small details in communication styles and body language and being acutely aware of the reactions of others. Forensic Psychologists should possess strong writing skills and oral presentation skills and should be able to create, evaluate, and initiate correctional programs. 

 

How Much Money Can You Make in Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychologists earn an average annual salary of $104,000 but that figure can vary based on specialization, location, and years of service. Forensic Psychologists in the 75th percentile can earn $124,500 annually. Experience pays, with entry-level positions starting at $61,000 per year and those with 20 years-experience making an annual salary of $92,000. Forensic Psychologists working for the FBI can earn a salary range of $99,000 and $129,000 per year. Supervisory Criminal Profilers can earn $140,000 per year. 

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Psychiatrist / Geriatric Psychiatrist Tenafly Psychiatric Associates New Jersey US 07/01/2020
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Clinical Forensic Specialist - CAC Staten Island Safe Horizon Staten Island, New York US 06/30/2020
Location: Staten Island Work as a member of a dynamic CAC multidisciplinary team to provide child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and their impacted family members with an array of specialized, trauma-informed services including an orientation to the CAC, participating in the forensic interview process, providing on-site mental health services including child trauma screenings, the Child & Family Traumatic ... More
Clinical Forensic Specialist, Bronx Safe Horizon Bronx, New York US 06/30/2020
Summary: Work as a member of a dynamic CAC multidisciplinary team to provide child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and their impacted family members with an array of specialized, trauma-informed services including an orientation to the CAC, participating in the forensic interview process, providing on-site mental health services including child trauma screenings, the Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention and the provision ... More
Clinical Forensic Specialist, Brooklyn Safe Horizon Brooklyn, New York US 06/29/2020
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Psychiatrist Corizon Health Ypsilanti, Michigan US 06/26/2020
Corizon Health, the nation's leading provider of correctional healthcare services is seeking an on-site Outpatient Psychiatrist to join our Mental Health team at the Women's HuronValley Correctional Facilitylocated in Ypsilanti, MI. Ypsilanti is 20 minutes from Ann Arbor. Our providers enjoy working 40-hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8-hour day shifts. NO CALL! Work in a team environment with other Psychiatrists and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Utilize COMS EMR ... More
Supervisor, Clinical Forensic Specialist, CAC - Queens Safe Horizon Queens, New York US 06/22/2020
Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Clinical and Forensic Services, the Supervising Clinical Forensic Specialist is responsible for the supervision of Clinical Forensic Specialists and for the provision of direct forensic, mental health and victim advocacy and support services to clients at the Child Advocacy Center.The Supervising Clinical Forensic Specialist supports the Clinical ... More
Supervising, Clinical Forensic Specialist, CAC Safe Horizon Staten Island, New York US 06/22/2020
Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Clinical and Forensic Services, the Supervising Clinical Forensic Specialist is responsible for the supervision of Clinical Forensic Specialists and for the provision of direct forensic, mental health and victim advocacy and support services to clients at the Child Advocacy Center.The Supervising Clinical Forensic Specialist supports ... More
Research Professor (Open Rank), Fatherhood Mental Health University of Denver Denver, Colorado US 06/22/2020
The University of Denver (DU) is a top-ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the Denver Metro area includes a Latinx population that represents about a third of the population, a strong and visible African American community, a diverse array of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, and a similarly diverse population of refugees and immigrants from East Africa. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) ... More
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