Forensic Psychology Research Lab
What is Forensic Psychology?
Forensic psychology is one of the fastest growing areas in psychology. Broadly speaking, it refers to the various intersections between the fields of law and psychology. As such, it involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of social, cognitive, clinical, counseling and developmental psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. For students interested in more information about forensic psychology, including careers and training opportunities in the field, see http://www.ap-ls.org/students/careersoverview.html and http://www.apa.org/research/action/law.aspx
Members of the Forensic Psychology Research Lab also typically belong to the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). AP-LS is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to scholarship, practice, and public service in psychology and law. As both a free-standing organization as well as a division (Division 41) of the American Psychological Association , it promotes the psychology's contributions to the "understanding of law and legal institutions, the education of psychologists in legal matters and law personnel in psychological matters, and the application of psychology in the legal system" (http://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug06/closer.html).
The Forensic Psychology Research Lab was designed to explore issues related to psychology and law from the PARC database. It also collaborates with the work of other researchers, including those in the Positive Psychology Research Lab. For example, current doctoral students Ani Khatchadourian and Renee Sloane work from their dissertation proposals were accepted for presentation at the Pepperdine GSEP Multicultural Research and Training Lab and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Convention in Fall 2010:
Former forensic lab members' work has also gained national recognition:
Interest areas include: