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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/Forensic Psychiatrist Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services Las Vegas, Nevada US 06/11/2021
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Clinical Forensic Specialist - CAC, Brooklyn Safe Horizon Broooklyn, New York US 06/17/2021
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Director Forensic Services/Chief Psychologist Saskatchewan Health Authority North Battleford, Saskatchewan CA 05/20/2021
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Senior Clinical Psychologist County of San Diego California US 05/06/2021
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