What is Forensic Pscyhology?

“Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the justice system. It involves understanding fundamental legal principles, particularly with regard to expert witness testimony and the specific content area of concern” 

“Forensic Psychology.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 July 2017. Web. 30 July 2017

 

 

What is Forensic Psychiatry?

“Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry in which scientific and clinical expertise is applied in legal contexts involving civil, criminal, correctional, regulatory or legislative matters, and in specialized clinical consultations in areas such as risk assessment or employment. These guidelines apply to psychiatrists practicing in a forensic role.”

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Ethics Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Adopted May 2005

What does “Forensic” mean?

Etymology: Forum, as in “presented in a public forum “(Latin)

“Relating to or dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems…”  (Merriam Webster)

“Belonging to Courts of Justice.”

(Black’s Law Dictionary per “The Law Dictionary Featuring Black’s Law Dictionary Free Online Legal Dictionary, 2nd Ed.”)

 

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