About Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology refers broadly to the research and application of psychological knowledge to the justice system, including such areas as:

  • The empirical and theoretical analysis of criminal behaviour
  • Correctional psychology (including institutional and community corrections)
  • Psychology and law (including, sentencing, eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, and legislation)
  • Victim services
  • Police psychology
  • The design, delivery and evaluation of prevention and treatment programs for youth and adult offenders

Students studying in the area will gain:

  • Knowledge of the application of psychology to the justice/legal system
  • Expertise to design and evaluate research
  • Communication and consultation skills necessary to express and apply their findings effectively to diverse groups in a variety of settings