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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 Corizon Whitmore Lake, Michigan US 01/26/2021
Corizon Health, the nation's leading provider of Correctional Healthcare is seeking a full-time Psychiatrist to join our team at the Woodland Correctional Facility located in Whitmore Lake, MI. Whitmore Lake is 20 minutes from Ann Arbor. This position is 40-hours. Work Monday through Friday, 8-hour day shifts. Typical shift is 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. NO CALL! Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits including medical including Tele-Medicine Services, Dental, Vision and ... More
Child Trauma Therapist Tree House Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Montgomery County Maryland Rockville, Maryland US 01/26/2021
Description:The Tree House Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Montgomery County Maryland is pleased to announce an opening for a full time licensed child trauma therapist. We provide both forensic and clinical services to children and families who have experienced child abuse and/or neglect. Our staff includes a forensic interviewer, pediatrician with a child abuse specialty, community health nurse, family advocate, social workers and administrative staff. ... More
Social Worker Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California Los Angeles, California US 01/26/2021
The Federal Public Defenders Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for a full-time social worker position. The social worker will be stationed in the Los Angeles main office, but will be expected to provide services for clients represented by staff in the Riverside and Santa Ana branches, as well. The Federal Public Defenders Office is committed to the client-centered pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating for the constitutional rights and inherent ... More
Social Worker Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California Los Angeles, California US 01/26/2021
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Social Worker Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California Los Angeles, California US 01/26/2021
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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Positions with Excellent Leadership Opportunities University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma US 01/25/2021
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Clinical Psychologist Rubenzahl, Knudsen & Associates Psychological Services Watertown, New York US 01/22/2021
RKA Psychological Services, a private practice in scenic Northern NY, is seeking two talented and motivated psychologists. We are seeking to add another child psychologist and another adult psychologist to our team of 5 psychologists and 9 masters level therapists. Over the past 28 years, our practice has built an excellent reputation for providing quality clinical and forensic services to children and adults. We have steadily expanded, balancing the need for more services with our ... More
Psychiatrist Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Lakewood, Washington US 01/19/2021
Western State Hospital is seeking a full-time Inpatient Psychiatrist to join a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment team. In this role, you will serve a diverse population, providing care to adult, geriatric and forensic Psychiatry patients in the Center for Forensic Services and in civil admission wards. Within this role, you will treat patients with specialized, long-term needs while showcasing your strong psychopharmacology skills. You will perform ongoing assessments of the patient's ... More
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