What is Forensic Psychology?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Forensic Psychology has witnessed dramatic growth in recent years, as more and more graduates from our Universities become interested in this applied branch of psychology. However, forensic psychology is about much more than the glamorized views portrayed in television shows, movies and books.

Typically, forensic psychology is defined as the intersection of psychology and the law, but forensic psychologists can perform many roles so this definition can vary. In many cases, people working within forensic psychology are not necessarily “forensic psychologists.” These individuals might be clinical forensic psychologists, school psychologists, neurologists, or counselors who lend their psychological expertise to provide testimony, analysis or recommendations in legal or criminal cases.

For example, a clinical psychologist might provide mental health services such as assessment, diagnosis and treatment to individuals who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Clinicians might be asked to determine if a suspected criminal suffers from a mental illness, or may be asked to provide treatment to individuals suffering from substance abuse and addiction issues.


Professional Forensic Psychology In Melbourne

Prahran Psychology clinic provides Forensic Psychology assessments for legislative bodies in the Melbourne CBD and Metropolitan cities. Prahran Psychology Clinic has over 20 years of experience in clinical psychology and over 5 years specialising in Forensic Psychology.

2 thoughts on “What is Forensic Psychology?

  1. I think it’s interesting to see how psychology is being used. It makes sense that it would be used to examine people who are involved in a court case. It could help determine what kind of mental disorders they have. Thank you for sharing!

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