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Forensic Psychology and Psychology of Law Programs circa 2008

The following information is for students who want a general idea about the nature of Forensic Psychology and Psychology and Law programs. These program descriptions are from 2008. See the APA page for more up-to-date descriptions and contact information. As of 2016, there are about 60 such programs.

Training Programs in Psychology and Law

[From a 2008 booklet by the American Psychology Law Society:] The field of psychology and law involves the application of psychological principles to legal concerns and the interaction of psychology and law, for individuals involved in the legal process. Students trained in psychology and law provide psycho-legal research in a variety of areas, develop mental health legal and public polices, and work as both lawyers and psychologists within legal and clinical arenas.

JD, PsyD, and PhD programs

University of Alabama

Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an inclusion of psychology-law course work. The Psychology-Law concentration provides a focused experience for the individual interested in the study of clinical psychology in forensic (court), correctional, and public safety settings. This program offers training for Forensic clinicians and a background in psychology-law research.

University of Arizona

The Psychology, Public Policy and Law Program at the University of Arizona is designed to train scholars interested in research and policy careers who will produce theoretically and methodologically sophisticated research in the psychology, policy and law interface. The Department of Psychology in cooperation with the College of Law offers training in this area leading to the Ph.D. Degree, or the J.D.-Ph.D. as concurrent degrees. Students also may apply for a dual major in the Psychology, Policy and Law Program and any other program within the Department of Psychology. The program provides the opportunity for intensive study in three areas: mental health and health policy, mental health-criminal justice interactions, and the analysis of polices and laws for policy planning. Once admitted, training is tailored to match each students' unique academic and research needs.

University of British Columbia

The Forensic Psychology area is concerned with the application of psychology to the understanding of anti-social and criminal behaviours, and to all aspects of the criminal/justice system. The fostering of both research and practice in forensic areas is the goal of this programme. The program has two distinct research and clinical paths.

Florida International University

The Department of Psychology at FIU offers a doctoral track in Legal Psychology. The seven faculty associated with this track emphasize the applications of social, cognitive, and industrial/organizational psychology to legal issues. This doctoral program is designed to prepare students for psychological consultation in the legal arena, legal psychology research careers, and university-level teaching.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Students interested in Law and Psychology can obtain a Ph.D. in Social, Clinical, or Community Psychology. The program provides students with theoretical and methodological training in psychology, and in the application of psychology to the legal field. Training at UIC is designed to prepare students for research positions in academic and non-academic settings. Chicago provides a stimulating, multicultural setting with a variety of research and clinical sites.

University of Kansas

The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with specialty training in psychology and law. Course work is a combination of psychology/law and law school courses. There is an emphasis on research and consultation in the legal system.

Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University

Ph.D./JD program through Psychology Department, Hahnemann University and Villanova Law School. The program is designed to develop scientist-practitioners within law and psychology to provide research, mental health policy formulation, and clinical application. The joint program's approach is to foster an appreciation of an a facility with both traditions simultaneously.

Miami Institute of Psychology

The Miami Institue of Psychology's Psy.D programs with concentrations in forensic, clinical neuropsychology, and general practice are accredited by the APA. The programs are specifically designed to focus on cultural differences and the implications of those differences.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Law/Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska offers students a variety of options in law and psychology, including: 1) JD/Ph.D. degrees: 2) JD/MA degrees; 3) Ph.D./MLS degrees; 4) Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology; and 5) Post-Doctoral training. The JD/MA degree is intended for students whose primary interest lies in the area of law, but who wish to obtain some graduate training in psychology. Conversely, the Ph.D./MLS (Master of Legal Studies) degree is available to students who have primary interests in psychology and wish to obtain non-professional training in law.

University of Nevada-Reno

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology with specialty training in legal psychology. Emphasis on theoretical and applied research, and psycho-legal consultation.

Queen's University

The Department of Psychology at Queen's University offers a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology with an emphasis in correctional psychology. Students are trained to conduct research and perform clinical services in correctional settings.

Simon Fraser University

The Graduate Program in Law and Psychology at Simon Fraser University is divided into two streams: Law and Psychology and Clinical-Forensic Psychology. Students in Law and Psychology work to develop research and experimental skills in psycholegal areas. Students in the Clinical-Forensic component develop skills to be used in clinical practice or research in the forensic arena. Both components offer the Ph.D. degree in psychology. Graduates of the Clinical-Forensic Component receive a departmental diploma signifying their specialty training in Forensic psychology.

St. Louis University

St. Louis University offers training in Psychology and Law within the Department of Psychology. This is a Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology with an emphasis on legal psychology. Course work is available within an interdepartmental structure. The program provides training for research and consultation within the legal system.

University of Texas at El Paso

Interested students can study towards a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology with the Psychology and Law Group at UTEP. There are 5 faculty in the Group, with interests spanning Psychology and Law. These interests include jury decision making, eyewitness identification and memory, questioning effects in eyewitness reports, forensic psychology, and applied decision making in child abuse cases. Excellent opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty from the allied Criminal Justice Program and the departments of Political Science and Sociology. The multicultural setting of El Paso provides rich opportunities for research on culturally sensitive aspects of law and behavior.

University of Utah

The Psychology Department offers an APA-approved degree in Clinical Psychology with the opportunity to specialize in forensic clinical psychology. The degree requirements allow ample opportunity to specialize in psychology and law, and close working relationships exist with the College of Law, the Department of Psychiatry, the Division of Mental Health and the Forensic Unit at the Utah State Hospital.

University of Virginia

Ph.D. program in clinical and community psychology with a possible focus on research-oriented law and psychology curriculum. Primary emphasis on developing research within the psychology-law area, through psychology course work and some law school courses. Psychology faculty have a particularly strong interest in the area of law and children.

Widener University

This six year program leads to the awarding of the Psy.D. degree by Wideners Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and the J.D. degree by Widener's School of Law. The program trains lawyer-clinical psychologists to integrate their knowledge of both fields, bring fresh insights to a variety of important pscyho legal problems, and play diverse roles in society, including administration, consultation, forensic practice, policy making, and teaching.


University of Denver

Dual degree program through the College of Law and the Department of Psychology, during which students can earn a J.D. and a M.A. degree. This is a general program with a primary emphasis on the law degree. Students can, however, go on to a Ph.D. degree in several different Department of Psychology programs.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

M.A. degree in Forensic Psychology. The program emphasis is the application of psychological insights, concepts and skills to the understanding and functioning of the criminal justice system. The Department offers course work in a variety of areas and includes corrections, psychology/law, public policy, and police work.

Monash University, Clayton Campus (Australia)

The Department of Psychology at Monash University in Australia offers an M.A. degree in Forensic Psychology. The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of areas within psychology and law. This includes working with offenders and courts, judges and juries, and legal/public policy. Students are also provided with general psychological background and are encouraged to develop research skills in psychology and law.

Note: In addition to the formal programs described in this brochure, faculty at other institutions with interests in law and psychology are often willing to accept graduate students.

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