Monday, October 30, 2006

Forensic Psychology Forum

I've just launched a brand new forensic psychology forum which will hopefully provide an informal and friendly environment for people to share their interest in forensic psychology.

Posting categories include:

  • General Forensic Psychology

  • Criminal Profiling

  • Psychopathy

  • Forensic Assessment

  • Eye Witness Testimony
  • Forensic Psychology Research

  • Forensic Psychology Q & A

  • Anybody can read the forum posts but you will need to register for free if you want to post.

    All the best


    Click Here To Visit The Forensic Psychology Forum

    Sunday, October 29, 2006

    Forensic Psychology Job Opportunity: Jury Consultant (research Analyst): Washington DC (USA)

    Litigators are looking for sophisticated strategic advice to help them win at trial. DOAR’s jury consultants provide this advice based on sound jury research and analytical graphics consultation.

    Jury consultants are responsible for carrying out the day-to-day jury research and strategic graphics responsibilities. Some examples of these responsibilities include reading case materials, constructing questionnaires, coordinating the recruitment of mock jurors, facilitating focus-group panels, writing analyses of findings, and developing analytical graphics. Jury consultants are also responsible for the overall project management of research and graphics engagements (i.e., organizing, monitoring, and managing research events and graphics meetings).

    As Jury Consultants gain more experience, they become increasingly positioned as the lead strategists and consultants on jury research and graphics cases, and will be responsible for forging, managing and maintaining high-level relationships with clients. They are also called upon to lead sales pitch meetings with potential new clients, and becoming actively involved in conferences and speaking engagements.

    Senior Jury Consultants spend approximately 50% of their time participating as the lead strategist/consultant(including managing the client relationship) on jury research and graphics cases. The remaining 50 percent of their time is spent developing new business, expanding upon existing business, and participating at conferences and speaking engagements.

    DOAR offers a competitive compensation package plus sales incentive, Medical/Dental benefits, matching 401k retirement plan, PTO, Referral programs and more. DOAR is an equal opportunity employer.

    Candidate Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in the social sciences

  • No previous jury consulting experience necessary. Successful candidates, however, must have expertise in conducting qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Must have the ability to analyze data and understand its implications with respect to case strategy.

  • Ability to write with clarity, grammatical correctness, and in a style that “flows”.

  • Ability to perform well under demanding and changing conditions.

  • Ability to handle multiple case loads simultaneously.

  • Ability to forge and maintain high-level relationships with clients.

  • Ability to plan and execute projects in an effective and efficient manner both internally with Jury Consultant colleagues and externally with clients.

  • Must be detail-oriented, dependable and be able to maintain deadlines.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and SPSS. PowerPoint skills preferred but not required.

  • It is expected that the jury consultant will be traveling approximately 15% of the time. Length of travel will range from 1-2 nights for conducting out of venue research to weeks at a time when supporting a client at trial.

    Submit resume via e-mail to

    Find out more about DOAR Litigation Consulting: Click Here To Visit The Main Website

    Saturday, October 28, 2006

    Clinical Psychology Internship Program (Specialty Track in Forensic Psychology): NYU Medical Center

    The mission of the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program, accredited by the American Psychological Association, is to prepare doctoral candidates for careers as psychologists in a variety of academic, clinical and research settings in both the public and private sectors.

    Designed in the Practitioner-Scholar Model, the Program consists of four tracks, including a forensic psychology track and aims to facilitate a smooth transition from doctoral study to professional functioning, teaching advanced clinical skills which integrate theory with practice. Interns in all tracks carry caseloads of adults, adolescents, children, groups and families.

    Specialty Track in Forensic Psychology

    It is the philosophy of the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program that sound clinical knowledge and skills are the basis of competent forensic psychology as it applies to the psychiatrically impaired population. Consequently, this track maintains a dual focus on both general clinical psychology as well as specialized training in forensic psychology.

    Through the two main rotations of this track (the Forensic Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Bellevue Hospital and the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center), interns are exposed to both acute-care and long-term forensic patients who are at various stages of involvement with the legal system. Each of these rotations is required of interns in the Forensic Track. Their third rotation is of their choosing.

    On the Forensic Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, interns work with incarcerated patients who may be pre-arraignment, awaiting trial or post-conviction. Responsibilities include intake interviews, individual and group psychotherapy and psychological assessments. Interns also serve as the primary clinician for one patient at any given time, and have the opportunity to observe evaluations of competency to stand trial. Participation in treatment team meetings and the preparation of discharge summaries are also required components of this rotation.

    The Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center is a 164-bed maximum-security hospital located on Wards Island that provides intermediate and long-term evaluation and treatment of forensic patients. Most patients at Kirby have been deemed unfit to proceed with trial or not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. While on this rotation, interns conduct individual and group psychotherapy as well as a weekly fitness-to-stand-trial group. Interns are also involved in numerous forms of forensic evaluations, including evaluations of competency to stand trial, violence risk assessments, and evaluations of dangerousness.

    At both of the forensic rotation sites, interns are active members of multidisciplinary treatment teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, activity therapists, nursing staff and other advanced trainees.

    Participation in these teams provides the interns with many opportunities to experience the challenges of balancing legal needs and clinical requirements while also integrating treatment and security considerations. Interns completing the Forensic Track acquire greater knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of forensic patients, also gaining experience in managing the many legal, clinical and organizational issues that affect these individuals.

    All psychology interns, regardless of track, obtain advanced training in assessment, diagnosis, and various intervention and treatment modalities. The Program is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

    The NYU-Bellevue clinical population is extremely diverse, including individuals from an array of cultures, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and socio-economic levels.

    Interns have opportunities to gain expertise in areas including development, adolescent behavior, individual adult psychotherapy, neuropsychology, health psychology, inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment, as well as family and group psychotherapy. Supervision of psychotherapy is conducted according to theoretical orientations including brief dynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic.

    The Program takes pride in its long and distinguished history of training fine psychologists who make valuable contributions to clinical, academic, research and public policy arenas, both nationally and internationally.

    How to Apply

    The NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program uses the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) application, which can be downloaded from the APPIC website: The application deadline is November 1st, for consideration for admission on July 1st of the following year. The application consists of the following documents: 1) a cover letter clearly indicating to which of the following four tracks you are applying: General Track, Child and Adolescent Track, Cross-Cultural Track, or Forensic Track.(Please note, each applicant may apply to one track only), 2) an APPIC application, 3) a current curriculum vitae, 4) official copies of all graduate school transcripts, and 5) three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or supervisors familiar with your clinical work, submitted in sealed envelopes signed across the back.
    All application materials should be compiled by the applicant and submitted in one envelope. Applications should be mailed or hand-delivered to:

    Dr. Alan S. Elliot
    NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program
    Bellevue Hospital Center
    Room 20 South 17
    First Avenue and 27th Street
    New York, New York 10016

    Find out more about the Internship Program: Click Here To Visit The Main Webpage

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Forensic Psychology Internships: The Forensic Panel: New York

    Forensic psychology internships are being offered at The Forensic Panel in New York. The Forensic Panel is America's foremost forensic consulting institution. It is dedicated to the integrity of behavioral and forensic sciences in the courts through peer reviewed expert testimony, practice oriented teaching, and groundbreaking research.

    Interns for The Forensic Panel observe and participate in challenging projects that reward them with transferable experiences to their future careers. Students will learn various stages of the behavioral science expert's involvement in the legal process while completing a variety of duties in forensic psychology, forensic expert case administration, and the clinical-forensic psychology interface.

    Responsibilities include:

    Assisting with forensic cases

    Involvement with both criminal and civil matters, ranging from criminal responsibility, to disputed confessions, to psychological torts, to malpractice, to risk assessment, to testamentary capacity, to death investigation, to pre-sentencing issues, and more.

  • Document review and fact-checking

  • Investigative work

  • Transcribe forensic psychiatric interview videotapes

  • Organize source documents

  • Forensic report referencing & proofreading

  • Observe forensic psychiatric interviews

  • Observe expert witness court testimony

  • Observe and participate in attorney communication

  • Behavioral science, medical, and legal research

  • Literature search utilizing various databases, including PsychLit, PsycInfo, Medline, and Lexis-Nexus

  • Participate in ongoing research projects on various topics in the behavioral sciences

  • Opportunities for future publication

  • The ideal candidate: is an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student who is responsible, detail-oriented and self-motivated, with strong research skills and an ability to work as part of a team. Preference will be given to those with writing and publishing experience. Interns must be able to commit to a period of at least six months.

    Deadlines and Starting Dates

    The company offers year-round internships. There are no deadlines. Internships are granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Preference is given to students who can commit to the longest period possible, preferably six months.

    Time Commitment and Scheduling

    Forensic Panel internships offer flexible schedules, allowing students to take outside classes, hold a part-time job, or work a full-time internship.

    All internships are a minimum of 24 hours per week (typically four days a week for 6 hours, or three days a week for 8 hours). Ideal candidates commit to a six month period.


    All internships with The Forensic Panel are on voluntary basis. There is no financial compensation or transportation reimbursement. Class credit can be earned when applicable through your university.

    For more details please contact Jada J. Stewart via e-mail or:

    Click Here to visit the forensic panel internship webpage.

    Online Degrees at Coventry University (UK)

    MSc in Forensic Psychology and Crime:

    The MSc Forensic Psychology and Crime provides part-time students with a unique opportunity to study an area of applied psychology at a distance, whilst also being able to take advantage of residential schools and a blend of modes of delivery, which includes course and module handbooks, online discussions, CD-ROMs, high quality course materials and the use of web-based learning methods. These different methods of delivery provide a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills that are central to the practice and application of psychological research into behaviour relevant to crime and forensic settings.

    The course was designed to cover the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology’s core curriculum, which was written as a standard by which to judge forensic psychology Masters degree courses. The course has been developed and is delivered by an experienced course team which includes chartered forensic psychologists. In addition, experienced forensic practitioners offer ‘real-world’ experience as visiting speakers, and their materials will be made available via DVDs or video presentations.

    Successfully completing this course will enable students to further their careers and promotion opportunities within areas such as the police, the prison service, social services, probation, drug dependency units, and youth offending teams, as a result of having a broader knowledge-base in relation to applying theory and contemporary research findings to practice.

    Click Here To Visit The Course Webpage For More Information

    MSc in Applied Forensic Studies:

    Students who are likely to apply to this course will be graduates who have studied psychology in their undergraduate degree but it was not their main subject and their interest in forensic issues relates to a number of other disciplines, for example, criminology, social policy, sociology or law. Other applicants may include graduates who have been working in a forensic setting, or who wish to do so in the future.

    The course includes modules covering criminology, forensic psychology, the evaluation of crime-related research, law, counselling, and forensic science. It is an inter-disciplinary course which aims to provide a broad understanding of a range of highly specific contributions to our understanding of crime and how it might be prevented or reduced.

    The course team includes a range of academic staff and practitioners from various disciplines such as criminology, forensic psychology, law, counselling, and forensic science. Successfully completing this course will enable students to further their careers and promotion opportunities within areas such as the police, the prison service, social services, probation, drug dependency units, and youth offending teams, as a result of having a broader knowledge-base in relation to applying theory and contemporary research findings to practice.

    Click Here To Visit The Course Webpage For More Information

    About Coventry

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    Tuesday, October 24, 2006

    Psychology and Law Graduate Degree Review

    Univesity of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (USA):

    ph.D Psychology & Law:

    The Psychology-Law concentration started in 1970 as a program in Correctional Psychology. As general academic knowledge and professional applications broadened to many psychological applications to legal issues, the concentration became defined as Psychology-Law. The concentration is seated fully within clinical psychology. The faculty members are all licensed clinical psychologists and all graduate students received their core training in clinical psychology.

    The Psychology-Law concentration draws on three interrelated components. First, all students have educational experiences in clinical-forensic psychology, which encompasses the criminal and civil issues of competencies, mental state at time of offense, mitigation in sentencing, personal injury assessments, witness preparation, jury selection, delinquency, and psychology in correctional settings. Second, students develop their own related research programs in conjunction with a mentor. Third, supervised practional applications are developed on these topics.

    Typical Study Areas

    All graduate students complete the General Psychology Core, the Research Skills Core, a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation. In addition, students in the Psychology & Law concentration also attend a weekly proseminar and complete advanced coursework as indicated below.

    General Psychology Core

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Physiological Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Life-Span Developmental Psychology

  • Advanced Social Psychology

  • Teaching of Psychology

  • History and Systems if not taken as an undergraduate

  • Research Skills Core

  • Research Methods in Psychology

  • Advanced Statistics I

  • Advanced Statistics II

  • Multivariate Methods of Analysis, Psychometrics,Structural Equation Modeling, or approved alternative

  • Advanced Coursework in Psychology & Law

  • Psychological Assessment II or Psychological Assessment III

  • Correctional Psychology

  • Forensic Assessment

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Practicum in Psychology VII

  • Thesis and Dissertation Hours

  • Thesis research (6 hours)

  • Dissertation research (24 hours)

  • Other Information

    Course Coordinator

    Dr.Stan Brodsky, e-mail:

    Click Here To Visit The Graduate Studies Homepage

    About Alabama

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    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Forensic Research: Help Develop The Depravity Scale

    I've just been contacted by Shahawna who works at the forensic panel under the supervision of Dr. Michael Welner.

    Dr Welner is self-funding a research project entitled The Depravity Scale. The Depravity Scale research aims to establish societal standards of what makes a crime depraved, and to develop a standardized instrument based on specific characteristics of a crime that must be proven in order to merit more severe sentences. In order to make the results of this very important research generalizable, as large a subject pool as possible is required.

    The aim of this blog post, therefore, is to provide more information on this groundbreaking investigation and to recommend that you participate in the study's web-based survey.

    What is The Forensic Panel?

    The Forensic Panel is America's foremost forensic consulting institution. It is dedicated to the integrity of behavioral and forensic sciences in the courts through peer reviewed expert testimony, practice oriented teaching, and groundbreaking research.

    Dr. Michael Welner

    Michael Welner, M.D. is responsible for a number of groundbreaking innovations in psychiatry. As founder and Chairman of The Forensic Panel, he devised and implemented the first peer reviewed protocols in the United States for forensic consultation. Under Dr. Welner's leadership, The Forensic Panel has achieved his vision of presenting "the last word" to retaining attorneys, opposing counsel, and the courts. This has consistently helped to resolve cases without appearance at trial.

    Dr. Welner's casework has spanned numerous areas of the criminal, civil, employment, and family law, often focusing on frontier issues. Through respect for the science, and dogged investigation, Dr. Welner has promoted and embodied diligence and objectivity as a staple of the forensic examination. He has lectured on numerous forensic and clinical issues as an invited speaker of, among others, the American Bar Association, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, International Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee, and various medical center Grand Rounds, at venues around the world.

    In 1996, he introduced The Forensic Echo, and originated the format of a cutting-edge, practitioner-written forensic journal that combined commentary with case and science updates with investigative reporting. More recently, Dr. Welner has pioneered the effort toward establishing a forensic definition of evil. The Depravity Scale is a history-driven forensic assessment instrument that will standardize the definition of "heinous," "atrocious," and "cruel" for purposes of fair and consistent application in criminal sentencing.

    What is the Depravity Scale Research?

    Judges and juries both across the United States and in other countries who decide that a crime is "depraved," "heinous," or "horrible" can assign more severe sentences. Yet there is no standardized definition for such dramatic words that courts already use. And while we may all recognize that some crimes truly separate themselves from others, there is no standard, fair way to distinguish crimes that are the worst of the worst, or "evil."

    To minimize the arbitrariness of how courts determine the worst of crimes, and to eliminate bias in sentencing, the Depravity Scale research aims to establish societal standards of what makes a crime depraved, and to develop a standardized instrument based on specific characteristics of a crime that must be proven in order to merit more severe sentences.

    This research will refine into the Depravity Standard, an objective measure based on forensic evidence. This instrument distinguishes not who is depraved but rather, what aspects of a given crime are depraved and the degree of a specific crime's depravity. The research will enhance fairness in sentencing, given that it is race, gender and socio-economic blind.

    The research has already been guided by legal and scientific study. Now, two surveys have been developed to involve the general public in establishing societal standards of what makes a crime depraved. Phase B enables the general public to shape the specific intents, actions, and attitudes that should be included as items of the Depravity Standard instrument; and Phase C involves the general public in refining the relative weight of these items. In both surveys, all members of the general public are urged to participate. This is the first project ever developed that invites citizens' direct input to forensic science research, and the first project ever developed in which citizens shape future criminal sentencing standards.

    Click Here To Read The FAQ About The Depravity Scale

    What Do You Think

    As the research team note: No matter who you are, where you're from, or what your personal and professional experiences are, your opinion counts in this international study to help distinguish what we all can agree on are the worst of the worst crimes.

    The web-based research survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete. All of your responses are kept confidential and no personal information is ever released.

    Click Here To Participate

    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Forensic Psychology Degree Review

    University of Denver (USA):

    Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology:

    The Master of Arts in forensic psychology was first offered at the GSPP in 1999 in response to the growing interest in the rapidly developing field of forensic psychology. The degree supplements fundamental master's level clinical psychology training with course work and practicum experiences in the area of psychology and law.

    The Masters Degree in forensic psychology concerns the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems. It is designed to train students to become mental health professionals, able to work in a variety of clinical settings within the criminal and civil legal system, including but not limited to: adult, juvenile and child populations; victim assistance; police consultation; correctional institutions; domestic violence and child abuse programs; and trial consulting.

    Typical Study Areas

    Issues in Forensic Psychology I

    Forensic Psychology I is the first course of a three quarter series designed to provide an overview of the practice of clinical forensic psychology. Issues in Forensic Psychology I addresses the structure of the American criminal and civil legal system, with an emphasis on those areas relevant to forensic clinical psychology, including expert testimony, rules of evidence, and neuropsychology of violence and aggression.

    Issues in Forensic Psychology II

    Further exploration of the relationship between the legal system and clinical psychological theory, research, and practice, with an emphasis on correctional psychology, psychopathy, and treatment of the offender population.

    Issues in Forensic Psychology III

    Relationship and application of psychological principles and practice to varied law enforcement functions; violence risk assessment and management; violence in the workplace; trauma debriefing; and hostage negotiations.


    General statistical principles and techniques and their application to psychological and psycho-legal issues.

    Research Methods

    The course provides a review and critique of psychological research, epistemology, design and method, with a focus on forensic and clinical populations.

    Issues in Measurement

    Critical assessment of various psychological tests, with an emphasis on validity, reliability and issues of standardization.

    Psychopathology and Diagnosis

    Causes, classification and treatment of behavioral disorders, including adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, sexual disorders and personality disorders.

    Trauma and Crisis Intervention

    Theory, techniques and research relating to various types of trauma (e.g. childhood abuse, combat veterans, natural disaster survivors); crisis intervention techniques as a system of managing trauma related difficulties.

    Mental Health Law

    This is an introductory course designed to provide the mental health practitioner with a working understanding of the laws that affect the mental health provider as well as the rights of persons with mental disabilities.

    Family Law

    Psychological and legal problems related to marital dissolution and divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, adoption and juvenile justice. Special attention given to child abuse & neglect, foster care, termination of parental rights and medical neglect and endangerment.

    Conflict Resolution

    This course provides an overview of law and the legal system in the United States with a focus on conflicts and conflict resolution within the system; the legal system as a means of resolving conflicts; limitations and alternatives to resolving conflicts; basic negotiating concepts; and alternative dispute resolution systems.

    Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology

    Discussion of ethical and legal conflicts and dilemmas as a psychologist within the legal system, and consideration of ways to resolve such conflicts, including standards applicable to the science and practice of forensic psychology and the role of the expert witness.

    Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender

    Theories of juvenile delinquency and studies concerned with the etiology, development and prediction of such; review of the various psychological treatment options utilized with juvenile offenders; consideration of the legal responses to juvenile crime; the role of the psychologist within the juvenile justice system; and identity development and gang affiliation.

    Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender

    Psychological theories related to etiology, development and prediction of violent crime; types of intervention possible within the criminal justice setting. Topic areas may include special offender populations (e.g. sexual offender, offenders with developmental disabilities or those classified as mentally retarded, female offenders).

    Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

    Theory, techniques and research relating to cognitive-behavioral therapy, focusing on assessment, case conceptualization and intervention approaches within a forensic setting.

    Socio-Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychology

    This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues such as race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation as they pertain to the practice of psychology. The class aspires to promote awareness and sensitivity to alternative beliefs, values, and practices.

    Key Concepts in Interviewing and Psychotherapy

    Theoretical and practical issues related to clinical interviewing within forensic and non-forensic settings.

    Cognitive Assessment

    This class is designed to help clinicians-in-training develop administration, scoring, and interpretation skills in the formal assessment of cognitive abilites using standardized tests. The course will also explore the concept of "intelligence" and examine how this type of assessment fits within the broader context of diagnostic formulation.

    Personality Assessment - Objective

    Administration and interpretation of objective personality instruments and discussion of their utilization within a forensic setting; use of the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, and Beck.

    Personality Assessment - Projective

    This course is designed to help students develop administration, scoring, interpretation and critical thinking skills in the projective assessment of personality using the TAT, projective drawings, and other projective measures.

    Psychology of Criminal Behavior

    This course will provide an introduction to several of the most prominent psychological theories of criminal and aggressive behavior; historical conceptions of criminal behavior will be explored, leading to contemporary theoretical conceptualizations that cover behavioral, social learning, cognitive, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, developmental, biological, and sociocultural perspectives.

    Case Conference I, II, III

    These courses will serve as a supplement to students' academic and field placement experience. Within a small group setting, students will gain a broader awareness and understanding of the interaction between psychology and the legal and criminal justice system. Focus of the courses will be to assist students in making the linkages between their academic work and their field placement experience.

    Weekly small group supervision in conjunction with students' second year field placements will continue to assist students in making the linkage between their academic work and their clinical experience, with an emphasis on theoretical models and basis for individual therapy in forensic practice.

    Substance Abuse

    Substance use and abuse, with focus on symptom formation, classification, causes, socio-cultural factors and treatment modalities; various theoretical approaches to the etiology and treatment of substance abuse; resultant psychological and physiological effects of various drugs.

    Group Interventions

    Interpersonal dynamics of small groups and larger organizational settings; understanding of group processes (such as group formation and development, group conflict and group resistance); skills enabling positive group intervention.

    Criminal Evaluations

    This course will provide an overview of criminal assessment topics, with an emphasis on the literature, theory, prodecure, and tools, including criminal violence, risk assessment, legal competencies, and criminal responsibility.

    Other Information

    Application Deadline:

    January 5th 2007

    Click Here To See The Application Checklist

    Contact Information

    Click Here To Request an Application Pack, or E-Mail/Telephone an Admissions Counselor

    About Denver

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    Saturday, October 21, 2006

    Must Have Forensic Psychology Resources

    As the main Forensic Psychology Website has grown, so has the number of the number of information resources available. With this in mind, The aim of this blog post is to showcase the biggest and the best.

    The Forensic Psychology Toolbar

    A very useful resource for anybody who wants immediate access to quality psychology and forensic resources is the Forensic Psychology Toolbar. The Forensic Psychology Toolbar allows you to search the web, gain instant access to the All About Forensic Psychology links page, receive the latest psychology news and articles from psychology today and tune into BBC Radio 4 so that you can listen to great psychology related programs such as all in the mind.

    I personally custom made the toolbar and use it myself, so I'm confident that you'll find it useful and the best bit is that you can get hold of it for free.

    Click Here For More Information

    The Forensic Psychology Swicki

    Another unique resource designed specifically for users of the All About Forensic Psychology website is the Forensic Psychology Swicki. The Forensic Psychology Swicki is the only search engine in the world dedicated to forensic psychology.

    Click Here To Access The Forensic Psychology Search Engine

    Forensic Psychology Books

    All the books I have either included on recommended student reading lists; or have used as part of my teaching can be found on the website. The books are arranged within 5 categories:

  • General Forensic Psychology

  • Criminal Profiling

  • Psychological Testing and Assessment

  • Understanding the Psychopath

  • Eye Witness Testimony

  • Click Here To Visit The Forensic Psychology Book Page

    The website also features a Forensic Psychology Book of the month page. Whether you are new to forensic psychology, currently studying the topic, or consider yourself an expert in the field, each of the featured books will help further your understanding of the application of psychology within the criminal justice system and/or specific areas of forensic psychology theory and practice.

    The October book of the month is Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology

    This excellent casebook details 20 high-profile court cases that turned, at least in part, on the expertise of forensic psychologists and psychiatrists and involved such psychological issues as insanity, criminal profiling, capital punishment, competence to stand trial, infanticide, domestic violence, false confessions, and psychological autopsies. The defendents in these cases include household names such as Woodly Allen, Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst,and Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Click Here To Visit The Forensic Psychology Book of The Month Page

    I very much hope that you find these forensic psychology resources useful. As new ones are added to the website, I'll post an announcement on this blog.

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    Forensic Psychology: Great Links & General Psychology Resources.

    The forensic psychology links page on the main website has been given a face lift, along with the inclusion of some new information resources. These include:

    American Psychology-Law Society. The American Psychology-Law Society is a division of the American Psychological Association and is comprised of individuals interested in psychology and law issues. Student memberships are encouraged. Among many other things, the website provides details of conferences, job listings and the very useful society newsletter.

    Crimes and Clues: Detailed website edited by Daryl W. Clemens. Provides lots of extremely useful material in relation to the art and science of criminal investigation. Excellent site offering a host of articles and resources relating to crime scene investigation.

    Deviant Crimes: A fascinating and detailed site dedicated to the study of psychological and investigative processes involved with deviant crimes. Your source for law enforcement jobs.

    Click Here To See The Complete Collection of Links

    Thursday, October 19, 2006

    New ONLINE Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology

    The University of North Dakota's Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is the first and only program of its kind to be offered online by a nationally recognized, fully accredited university.

    This innovative new online course prepares you to apply psychology to legal systems, providing the skills and knowledge required to work in the field of forensic psychology. This includes how to:

  • Conduct focus groups and assist lawyers in trial preparation and jury selection.

  • Assist courts and state agencies in addressing forensic issues such as child custody, sexual harassment, injury assessment and malingering.

  • Select and utilize the most appropriate instruments for forensic assessment or evaluation.

  • Testify as an expert witness.

  • Provide agencies with research-based program evaluations.

  • After successful completion of the 34-credit program, you are qualified to work as a master-level forensic psychologist in such areas as private practice doing trial consulting or program evaluation, or work in city, county, state and federal government agencies, and in hospitals.

    Online courses will be offered every fall, spring and summer semesters. Courses in the program include: psychology and the law; foundations of forensic psychology; diversity psychology; behavior pathology; advanced social psychology; and psychological profiling and criminal behavior.

    To get accepted into the program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.20. New applications are accepted every fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2006 semester is August. If you prefer to start the program in Fall 2007 or later, the application should be made prior to January 15 of that calendar year. Space is limited. For more information, contact UND Continuing Education toll-free at 877-450-1842.

    To Learn More Visit

    Or contact:

    Jennifer Swangler,

    Marketing Coordinator
    Division of Continuing Education
    University of North Dakota
    Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 165
    4300 James Ray Drive, Stop 7131
    Grand Forks, ND 58202-7131
    Phone: 701-777-6374
    Fax: 701-777-0569

    Forensic Psychology Teaching Job (UK)


    Teaching Fellow (Msc in Applied Forensic Psychology)

    REF: DT06351

    Applicants are invited for the position of Teaching Fellow in this 5* rated Department of Psychology. You should have an upper second class degree in psychology and preferably a post-graduate qualification (either a Ph.D in psychology or MSc in Forensic Psychology).

    You should have excellent administration and communication skills as you will be liaising with external practitioners from H.M. Prison Service Directorate of High Security and other external agencies. Teaching experience, and supervision of student research projects at postgraduate level would be advantageous (guidance will be available for candidates without this experience).

    Salary in the range £25,633 to £31,525 per annum. This post is available immediately until 30 September 2008.

    Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Dr Jane Clarbour (tel: 01904 433168; email: General information about the Department is available at

    For further particulars and details of how to apply, please see our website at: or write to the Personnel Office, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, quoting reference number DT06351. Closing date: noon, Wednesday 8 November 2006.

    The University of York is committed to diversity and has policies and developmental programmes in place to promote equality of opportunity. It particularly welcomes applications from ethnic minority candidates.

    Many thanks to Rachael Haynes for letting me know about this job vacancy