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Forensic Psychology

Note: Each section of the Forensic Psychology online course includes specific additional resources. The following are general online resources and are not part of the course reading.



Books & Journals

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Forensic Psychology Educational Programs

Educational Resources

Forensic Multiple Relationships

Expert Witness

Forensic Psychology Dictionary


  • Arrigo, B. A. (2000). Introduction to forensic psychology: issues and controversies in crime and justice. San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Bartol C. R., & Bartol A. M. (2011). Criminal behavior: a psychological approach. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.
  • Black, I. S. (2013) The Art of Investigative Interviewing. Waltham, MA: Butterworth‐Heinemann.
  • Brown, M.J. & Campbell, E. A. (Eds) (2010). The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Cambridge University Press
  • Coleman, R. and McCahill, M. (2011) Surveillance and Crime. London: Sage
  • Cutler, B. L. & Zapf, P. A. (Eds.) (2015) APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, WA: APA Press
  • De Zutter, A, W. E. A., Robert Horselenberg, R. & van Koppen, P. J. (2017). The Prevalence of False Allegations of Rape in the United States from 2006-2010 Research Article: J Foren Psy, 2:119
  • Hickey E. W. (2010). Serial murderers and their victims. Belmont, California:Wadsworth.
  • Heilbrun, K. (2003). Principles of forensic mental health assessment: Implications for the forensic assessment of sexual offenders. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 989, 167-184.
  • Kalmbach, K. C. & Lyons, P. M. (2006). Ethical Issues in Conducting Forensic Evalua- tions [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 2(3), 261- 290.
  • Kapardis, A. (1997). Psychology and Law: A critical introduction. Cambridge University Press.
  • Morgan, R. , Beer, A. , & Fitzgerald, K. (2007). Graduate students’ experiences, interests, and attitudes toward correctional/forensic psychology. Criminal Justice and Behavior V. 34/1, 96-107, 34(1).
  • Muller, D. (2000). Criminal profiling: Real science or just wishful thinking? Homicide Studies. Vol 4(3).
  • Reid, W. H. (2014). Developing a Forensic Practice: Operations & Ethics for Experts. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Resnick, P. J. (1969). Child murder by parents: a psychiatric review of filicide. Am J Psychiatry.
  • Roesch, R. (2000). Forensic psychology. In: Kazdin, Alan E. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology, Vol. 3, 383-386.
  • Simon, R. & Gold, L., ed. (2010). American Psychiatric Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry. American Psychiatric Publishing.
  • Silverman, R.t A., Kennedy, L. W. (1988). Women who kill their children Violence and Victims, Vol 3(2).
  • Stelfox, P. (2009) Criminal Investigation: An Introduction to Principles and Practice. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
  • St-Yves, M. (2006) The Psychology of Rapport: Five Basic Rules. In T. Williamson (ed.), Investigative Interviewing: Rights, Research, Regulation. Cullompton: Willan Publishing, pp. 87–106.
  • Weisheit, R. A. (1986). When mothers kill their children. The Social Science Journal. Volume 23, issue 4
  • Weissman, H. N. & DeBow, D. M. (2003). Ethical principles and professional competencies. In A. M. Goldstein (Ed.), Handbook of Psychology, Vol. 11, Forensic Psychology (pp. 33-53). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Winerman L. (2004). Criminal profiling: The reality behind the myth. 35(7). Retrieved from
  • Wrightsman, L. S. Forensic psychology. Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Thomason Learning.

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1a. An Overview of Forensic Psychology

ABFP American Board of Forensic Psychology (diplomate certification)
AAPL: American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (board certification)
APA: American Psychological Association (professional association)
APA Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society)
DANA Foundation Brain Research site (neuroscience for nonspecialists)
Harold Bursztajn’s (evidence law)
IAAP: International Association of Applied Psychology (professional association)
Psychiatry and Law Updates (mini-articles)
The Subfields and Areas of Psychology (career advice)

1b. Mental Health, Social Science, and Law

APA Code of Ethics
Greg Nail’s Place – excellent tips on psychological report writing
Law and Society Association
Psych Web — a megasite in psychology with lots of resources
Sample Format of a Psychological Report (excellent) and Report Writing Theory/Models

2. Police Psychology: The Basics

A Guide to the Assessment Center Method of Personnel Selection
International Association of Hostage Negotiators
Police Psychology Online Journal

3b. Applied Criminology

History of the American Society of Criminology
History of Fingerprints
Occupational Outlook Handbook for Private Detectives and Investigators
Vidocq Society

3c. Criminal Psychology

Dr. Robert Hare’s Home Page
Psychometric Society Home Page
The Debate on Rehabilitating Criminals: Is It True that Nothing Works?

3e. Mental Deficiency and Crime

Lewis Terman: Cognitive Psychologist
Planned Parenthood’s Biography of Margaret Sanger
Wikipedia: Race and Intelligence

4a. Science of Lie Detection

American Polygraph Association’s Lie Behind the Lie Detector
Can You Beat a Polygraph?
The Polygraph Place
Scientific Validity of Polygraph Testing

4b. False Confessions and Eyewitness Errors

Prof. Saul Kassin’s Home Page
Reid Associates Webpage on False Confessions

5b. A Checklist Of Psychopathy Indicators

Crime and the Mentally Ill

6a. Trial Consulting and Expert Testimony

The O.J. Simpson Civil Trial Transcripts
The Rorschach Test (Warning: Viewing this will invalidate any subsequent Rorschach testing for you)
What’s Right & What’s Wrong with the Rorschach Test

6b. Expert Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony
Expert Witness Directory

6c. Admissibility of Scientific Evidence under Daubert

Daubert on the Web
Daubert Tracker from MDEX Online
RAND Report on Admitting Scientific Evidence

7a. The Psychology of Violence, Intimidation & Hate

Children and Television Violence
Hate Crimes Research Network
National Center for Victims of Crime
Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Violence in the Media Theme Page

7b. School Violence

Child Trauma Academy
Mental Illness on College Campuses
PBS Documentary on “Little Criminals”
U.S. Dept. of Education Campus Crime Page
WhyFiles on School Violence

7c. Workplace Violence

Dr. Irene’s Verbal Abuse/Love Addiction/Codependency Website

7d. Psychology of Victimhood

A Society of Victims: How to Whine your Way to Sympathy
Dr. Tana Dineen on Victimhood and Psychology
Stella Awards
We’re All Victims Here: Toward a Psychology of Revenge
The Line between Victims and Abusers
A book review of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness by Christopher Lane. (2009)
The Self-Defined -“Victim”
Culture of victims
Rethinking ‘Don’t Blame the Victim’

8. The Psychology of Sexual Predation & Pedophilia

A Glossary of Terms Used in Treatment of Sex Offenders
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
Intrafamilial (Incest) Child Abuse Resources
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Survivors of Incest Anonymous

9a. Family Forensic Psychology

ABA Family Law Homepage Marriage
Alternatives to Marriage Project
Amicus Curiae Briefs for Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide
American Coalition for Fathers and Children
LLI Cornell’s All About Divorce Law
Packard Foundation Future of Children Website
The Declining Significance of Marriage (pdf)
Wikipedia Article on Marriage and Divorce
Wikepedia Article on Terri Schiavo Case

9c. Repressed and Recovered Memories

False Memory Syndrome Foundation
Memory, Abuse, and Science (article by Kenneth Pope)
Prof. Elizabeth Loftus Website
Prof. Jennifer Freyd’s Website
Research & Scholarly Resources on Recovered Memories (Jim Hopper’s page)
The Skeptic’s Dictionary on Memory and Repressed Memory

10. Assessment of Competency and Sanity

Forensic NeuroPsychology Special Issue 2003
Judge Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Mental Competency Evaluation Guidelines for Judges
The Hinckley Trial & Its Effect on the Insanity Defense

11a. Correctional Psychology – Adult Settings

American Jail Association
National Commission on Correctional Health Care

11b. Correctional Psychology – Juvenile Settings

Center for Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
Outward Bound, USA
UCLA School of Mental Health List of Resources on Juvenile Justice

11c. Multiple Relationships in Corrections

Broomfield, K. (2008). Challenges Psychologists Encounter Working in a Correctional Setting, MA Thesis at Campus Alberta
Cervantes, A. N. & Hanson, A. (2013). Dual Agency and Ethics Conflicts in Correctional Practice: Sources and Solutions. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 41:1:72-78
Greenberg, A. & Daniel W. Shuman, D. (1977). Irreconcilable Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1997, 28, 50-57.
Haag, A. M. (2006). Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Correctional Psychologists in Canada, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 33/1, 93-109.
Ward, T. (2014). The dual relationship problem in forensic and correctional practice: Community protection or offender welfare? Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19/1,35–39.
Ward, T. (2013). The dual relationship problem in Correctional and forensic practice, Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 92-100.
Zur, O. (2014). Multiple Relationships in Police Psychology & Law Enforcement: Resources
Zur, O. (2014). Forensic Dual or Multiple Relationships: Treating Psychotherapists as Experts
Correctional Psychology – Ethics and Dual Roles (Blog by Sheila)

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