About Forensic Psychology:

Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the justice system. It involves understanding criminal law in the relevant jurisdictions in order to be able to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals. 

Forensic psychologists may be called upon by the court to;

  • To provide an expert opinion or testimony (in Criminal or Civil hearings)

  • Conduct a forensic assessment (NGRI, Competency, Immigration)

  • Render a professional opinion based on a review of documents

  • Provide recommendations on custody (in family court)

  • Assess impact of trauma in asylum cases

The role of the forensic psychologist can be varied and quite rewarding. In our role we provide education, clarity, and understanding about psychological factors and how they can impact or affect behavior, cognition, or judgment. 

The forensic psychologist's role is very different from that of the clinical psychologist. 

While the forensic psychologist may utilize their clinical training to render an opinion they must be careful to ensure that they remain objective and non partial.  The Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology were created to assist psychologists with understanding how to engage ethically within the legal realm. 



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