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Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Essentials for Law Enforcement

ISBN 9781498755504
Published December 22, 2016 by CRC Press
343 Pages

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Book Description

Research indicates that there are psychological principles at play in the situations encountered by law enforcement personnel. The book fulfills an important need in the ever-evolving field of criminal justice, providing a working knowledge of forensic psychology and its application to interview strategies, homicide, emotional disturbance, sexual and domestic violence, hostage negotiations, and other situations. It will help law enforcement to understand, interpret, and anticipate behavior, while responding safely and effectively.

Table of Contents

About the Author

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Overview of Forensic Psychology Concepts

Chapter Three: Effective Intervention

Chapter Four: Psychopathy

Chapter Five: Understanding Homicide

Chapter Six: Sex Crimes

Chapter Seven: Domestic Violence

Chapter Eight: Behavioral Profiling

Chapter Nine: Eliciting Useful Information

Chapter Ten: Working with Victims

Chapter Eleven: Working with Minors

Chapter Twelve: Threat Assessment

Chapter Thirteen: Reentry


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Stephanie Scott-Snyder is a forensic mental health clinician. She has provided court-mandated therapy to offenders, conducted risk assessments, worked closely with law enforcement, and provided crisis intervention to victims of violent crime. She is an adjunct faculty member at two renowned NYC metro area colleges, where she teaches Forensic Psychology / Psychology of Law in addition to supervising student internships. Prior to graduating first in her class with an MA in Forensic Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Scott-Snyder earned a living as a Writer / Producer and Creative Director for network television, where she often worked on police dramas and reality crime shows.


"The goal of this work is to provide forensic psychology contextual knowledge to officers in law enforcement. The material provided in the work is well suited for the author’s goal … if this work were used as the primary text for a course taken by law enforcement officers. The topics covered are appropriate, the depth of presentation is at the right level, the chapters merge together cohesively … the result is a very useful text for bridging the gap between forensic psychology and law enforcement." 

Choice Magazine, July 2017

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