Principles of Forensic Psychology


Elective Course
Credits: 3
Instructor: Dr. Stephen DeLeonardis

This course introduces the field of forensic psychology and the relationship between psychological disorders and the adversarial legal system. This course will focus on research, testimony, and oral and written consultation on psychological issues and disorders as they pertain to the administration of justice.


  • Gain an understanding of the applications of psychology to legal issues, criminal and civil
  • Gain understanding of legal cases that have helped describe or define duties of psychology within the legal system
  • Gain an understanding of the professional issues that have arisen within the field of forensic psychology
  • Acquire skills to preform legal research
  • Directly apply case law as applied to the practice of forensic psychology
  • Be able to apply behavior science principles and practices to the adversary process where specialty knowledgeable scientists play a role




Module 1 Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Overview of the legal system
Module 2 Ethics of Forensic Psychologists
Module 3 Antisocial Personality Disorders and Psychopathy: Evaluation and legal issues
Module 4 Competence to stand trial
Module 5 Malingering and Deception
Module 6 Violence risk assessment
Module 7 Juvenile Delinquency
Module 8 Pathologies of Attachment, Stalking, Erotomania
Module 9 PTSD and Substance Abuse related to Veterans and the Legal system
Module 10 Sex Offences and Sexual Predators
Final Exam