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About Forensic Psychology

 

Forensic psychology is the specialized application of psychological methods and procedures in a legal context.

Forensic psychologists are responsible for a fundamental and reasonable level of knowledge and understanding of the legal and professional standards that govern their participation as experts in legal proceedings…[F]orensic psychologists have an obligation to maintain current knowledge of scientific, professional and legal developments within their area of claimed competence.
(Melton, et al, 2007, p. 87).

At their best, forensic psychologists are consultants and educators who provide specialized knowledge that is helpful to courts, attorneys, and others involved in the legal system.