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1st Edition

Becoming a Forensic Psychologist

ISBN 9781138595408
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The paths to becoming a forensic psychologist are numerous and varied. Becoming a Forensic Psychologist provides insight into the process of pursuing a career in forensic psychology, from an introduction to the field itself to graduate school and beyond.

This comprehensive guide extends beyond mere definitions and overviews to discuss tips, strategies, and questions to ask at every step of the way to becoming a forensic psychologist. Told from the perspectives of individuals at different stages in their career, this book provides up-to-date information about existing forensic psychology programs and resources to assist aspiring forensic psychologists in career decision-making. Additional sidebars define key terms, highlight important court decisions that shaped the field of forensic psychology, and provide interesting facts about the field.

This book will help any individual pursuing a career as a forensic psychologist, including those about to start college who are narrowing their career interests, graduate students, and those already in the field of psychology who are considering a career shift.

Table of Contents



Career Crossroads

1 Forensic Psychologists: What Exactly Do They Do?

2 Forensic Psychology: A Brief History and Current Status

3 Laying the Groundwork: Things to Know in Advance of Graduate School


Graduate Training

4 The Paradox of Choice: Picking the Right Program

5 Applications and Interviews: Helpful Hints for Maximizing Your Chances of Graduate Admission

6 Hallowed Halls: Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School

7 Internship Indigestion


Professional Puzzles

8 Postdoc Pandemonium

9 Practice Qualifications

10 The World Is Your Oyster: Jobs and Professional Development

Index 200

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David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. He is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo, JD, PhD, is a graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law and Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Alisha Desai, MS, is a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology (forensic concentration) at Drexel University.


"This isn’t a GPS-plotted route to becoming a forensic psychologist. It’s better, more like a Fodor’s travel guide for the journey. It helps you decide whether and where you want to go, then provides first-class advice on optional routes, preparations for the trip, and how to manage the bumps and detours on the way." - Thomas Grisso, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

"To those contemplating a career in forensic psychology, the pathway is often not clear. Understanding and navigating undergraduate preparation, graduate school applications, graduate training, the internship application process and experience, licensure, and various aspects of one’s early career experience is challenging. DeMatteo and his colleagues have provided the perfect roadmap. They answer most, if not all, of the questions many have about these matters, and they provide strategies that maximize one’s chances for success at each step in the process. For each topical area, the authors identify key factors readers should consider as they go about the decision-making process." - Randy Otto, University of South Florida, USA

"The field of forensic psychology is both intriguing and captivating but the path to becoming a forensic psychologist can be difficult to navigate. In Becoming a Forensic Psychologist, DeMatteo, Fairfax-Columbo, and Desai provide a masterful blueprint for pursuing a career in this field. This important text is a 'must' for anyone considering a career in forensic psychology." - Patricia A. Zapf, Palo Alto University, USA

“This is the go-to resource for anyone even remotely contemplating becoming a forensic psychologist. These authoritative authors clearly define what forensic psychology is, and what forensic psychologists do; they provide an excellent and comprehensive roadmap to becoming a forensic psychologist, regardless of your stage of training or education.” - Kevin S. Douglas, LL.B., Ph.D, Simon Fraser University, Canada