David Webb BSc (Hons), MSc
Put simply, forensic psychology relates to the application of psychological knowledge within a legal context. As (Haward 1981) notes, it is "That branch of applied psychology which is concerned with the collection, examination and presentation of evidence for judicial purposes".
If you would like a more detailed answer, I have a page dedicated to the question what is forensic psychology on my forensic psychology website, which you can access by clicking on the following link:
Karen Franklin, PhD, is a forensic psychologist and an adjunct professor at Alliant University in San Francisco. She conducts ethics training for clinical and forensic professionals in the United States and internationally. Her published research – including on hate crime motivations, group rape and ethics in forensic diagnosis – garnered a 2012 award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology.
You can access the interview with Dr. Karen Franklin via the following link.
Forensic psychology is a recognized specialty within professional psychology, the practice of which requires a specific knowledge base attained through coordinated education and training. As such, anybody interested in pursuing a career as a forensic psychologist should make their national psychology association or representative body a first port of call for information, advice and guidance.
With this in mind, I've provided information links for anybody interested in becoming a forensic psychologist, or anybody wanting to find out more about what forensic psychologists do. This information will relate predominately to the practice of forensic psychology in the USA & UK however, I hope to include related information from other countries in due course.
CLICK HERE for detailed information from The British Psychological Society about:
The Role of The Forensic Psychologist.
How Much Forensic Psychologists Get Paid.
Becoming A Forensic Psychologist.
Obtaining Relevant Work Experience.
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