Explore Our PhD in Forensic Psychology Program

Gain deeper insight into the nexus between psychology and the criminal justice system, explore mental health issues that may drive criminal behavior, and prepare to make a social impact as a researcher, teacher, or consultant.

In Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program, you will explore the systems and programs that strive to create positive change in the legal system and community settings. Broaden your understanding of advanced forensic psychology and examine ways to evaluate programs designed for populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders.

Why Earn Your PhD in Forensic Psychology From Walden?

  • Gain a competitive advantage through specialized coursework that is focused on forensic psychology.
  • Choose from the General Program or six specializations—including two self-designed options—to align your studies with your specific career goals.
  • Learn from subject matter experts and delve into real case studies. Walden’s faculty includes renowned forensic psychologists and other thought leaders in this exciting and diverse field.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate behavior using psychological theory and research from a forensic psychology perspective.
  2. Analyze seminal works in forensic psychology in terms of their relation to education and/or research.
  3. Differentiate between advanced legal concepts pertaining to forensic psychology.
  4. Integrate principles of advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research related to forensic psychology.
  5. Evaluate how assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) are used within forensic psychology settings.
  6. Engage in decision-making using relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) in forensic work settings.
  7. Promote social change through the integration of principles of forensic psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Note on Licensure:
The PhD in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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Earn Your PhD While Balancing Priorities

At Walden we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services  designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.

 

Testimonials

April Jones

April Jones

PhD in Psychology Graduate
I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum.
It has been very satisfying to see that applying knowledge I learned at Walden to my career makes a difference in the quality of my work, benefits the organizations I serve, and helps improve the lives of people every day.
Now that I’ve graduated, I plan to continue making a difference in the lives of adolescents and to be an advocate for them.
Ginger L. Jenkins MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate and PhD in Psychology Student
Ginger Jenkins
Rafael Matos PhD in Psychology Graduate
Rafael Matos
Brande Halzelwood MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate
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