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What makes some people tick and how does it relate to legal situations? Forensic psychologists ponder this question and try to find answers. They use principles of psychology to get to the root of individual's behavior and actively with attorneys to help with their cases.

Forensic psychologists evaluate clients to learn what their mindset and motives were in circumstances related to their case. Their presence in courtrooms is often essential. Their evaluations, assessments and testimonies help inform the decisions of judges and juries. Forensic psychologists serve at-risk populations and trauma survivors by advocating for their wellness and justice in their respective legal cases

What  forensic psychologists do?

  • Apply psychology to the criminal justice system

  • Assess individuals, cognitive, emotional and intellectual function

  • Assess competency of individuals to stand trial

  • Assess clients credibility

  • Prepare for and provide testimony in court

  • Assess consistency of factual information and assess for malingering

  • Advise police on mental illness and criminal psychology

  • Consult with attorneys on mental health issues of their clients, such as mental illness, traumas, and cognitive resources

  • Work with at-risk populations such as trauma survivors and clarify the effect of trauma and mental illness on clients circumstances