Please browse our website on Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology is the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. Since the Cain killed his bother Abel, which was the first recorded murder, people have been fascinated by crime (Bartol and Bartol, 1999). From wanting to know how to keep people from hurting each other, how to predict criminal activity, to catching the “bad guy” and all the way to the court room, psychology has become a great tool in the criminal justice system. The purpose of this web blog is to explore the process in which forensic psychology has become such an integrated part of our society so rapidly since it was first introduced in the mid 1900s (Bartol and Bartol, 1999). Forensic Psychology is a sub field of criminology. Unlike many other fields there is not a universally accepted idea of what qualifies as Forensic Psychology. Therefore we have chosen to focus on these six main components, as we believe them to be the most vital in understanding the history of forensic psychology. These six components are:

Psychology and Law

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Issues and Debates




The below map shows the location and a brief description of several important developments concerning the history of forensic psychology.

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Ashley DuVal, Sarah Dye, and Leandra Frye


Bartol, A. M., & Bartol, C. R. (1999). History of forensic psychology. In Handbook of forensic psychology 2nd ed. (pp. 452-470). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

RatBlogClarice (Poster) Law and order [Video].  (2010). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVnzvQ87wrE

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