Area of emphasis

Forensic Psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to issues relating to law and the legal system. The clinical application of psychology to the legal system requires broad and general training in clinical psychology, with specific forensic training in addition to that clinical training.  The mission of the Forensic Psychology Area of Emphasis at PGSP/PAU is to assure that participating students 1) maintain better than minimum performance in broad and general clinical courses and practical experience, and 2) maintain good performance throughout a sequence of specialized forensic elective courses and practical experiences. 


The forensic sequence includes five courses for a total of 15 credits.  This sequence of courses and their content have been carefully designed to fulfill training requirements and competencies for forensic psychologists published in the literature (DeMatteo, Marczyk, Krauss, & Burl, 2009), and by relevant professional bodies (e.g. APA Division 41, AAFP).  While students in the Forensic Area of Emphasis will receive broad training in all areas of psychology that pertain to the legal system, emphasis is placed on content specific to the clinical practice of forensic psychology.