College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychology
Degree ProgramM.S. Forensic Psychology
Dr. Kristen Beyer is currently the Program Director for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Forensic Psychology at Walden University. Dr. Kristen Beyer is a fully licensed clinical psychologist with significant experience in working with law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Beyer’s forensic career began as a Violent Crime Resource Specialist working with the FBI’s former Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resources Center (CASMIRC). In 2003, Dr. Beyer was promoted to the Supervisory Social/Behavioral Science Research Coordinator at the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) in Quantico, Virginia through 2008. During her time at the FBI, she provided peer counseling for the Employee Assistance Program where she was deployed to the Flight 93 crash site, conducted psychological assessments for the FBI’s Undercover Safeguard Program, and was certified as a SERE-oriented psychologist. After leaving the FBI, Dr. Beyer has worked for Mission Critical Psychological Services where she conducted preemployment evaluations, PTSD screening and treatment, and grief counseling for police officers who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on civilian police missions. Dr. Beyer has served as a professor in the graduate psychology departments at Marymount University and Argosy Universities. In 2010, she co-authored the book Investigative and Forensic Interviewing: a personality-focused approach. She is currently a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and the American Psychological Association American Psychology-Law Society.