With many depictions in books, movies and television programs, interest in forensic psychology has grown significantly in recent years. Increasing numbers of graduate programs offer dual degrees in psychology and law, with others providing specialization in forensic psychology. While forensic psychology was only recently officially recognized as a distinct specialization by the American Psychological Association, the history of the field dates back to Wilhelm Wundt's founding of the first psychology lab in Germany.
Forensic psychology involves applying psychology to the field of criminal investigation and law. Forensic psychologists typically have a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology and may work in various settings, including family courts, drug courts, criminal courts or private consulting.
Before you decide on a career in forensic psychology, you need to consider your future goals. Start by taking this brief quiz to learn if you should become a forensic psychologist.
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