Forensic Psychology Books

The History of Forensic Psychology Through Books and Journals

Forensic psychology has been gaining popularity over the past 30 years. The majority of the books and journals about forensic psychology are informational in nature. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris was a vastly different approach to forensic psychology and a widely popular thriller novel.


1985: American Journal of Forensic Psychology was founded:

This journal publishes articles and papers that are thought provoking and important to the development of forensic psychology.

The journal publishes articles on relevant topics such as witness credibility. For example, in 2007 an article by Colwell et. al focused its attention on how when interviewing someone it can be possible to tell true statements from those that aim to deceive. This is a pressing issue in the field of forensic psychology and much more research needs to be done before the problem is completely solved.

1988: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

“The Silence of the Lambs” is a thriller that chronicles the journey of Clarice Starling, FBI agent, as she tracks down a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. She works for the division of the FBI that does psychological profiles of serial killers. In order to find the killer she seeks she must interview another one. Hannibal Lecter appeared in a previous book by Thomas Harris and continues his role as a cannibalistic serial killer and forensic psychiatrist. To read about the movie based on this book click here.


1999:”The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions” by Gisli Gudjonsson

This handbook on confessions begins with an overview of the most commonly used tactics of interrogation and explanations for why suspects admit to committing crimes. Also examined are the forces such as suggestibility that make a suspect more likely to admit to committing a crime. This book is directly related to the jobs of police officers and social workers.

American Journal of Forensic Psychology. Retrieved from

Gisli Gudjonsson. (1999). The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions (picture). Retrieved from

Thomas Harris The Official Website. The Silence of the Lambs. Retrieved from

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