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Crime scene investigators and forensic scientists are both concerned with deriving information from evidence in order to discover the truth and determine the appropriate course of action. While complementary, the two roles are distinct. Learn more about the similarities and differences between them.
Understand how criminal justice and forensic science are similar and different, and where they overlap. View a side-by-side comparison of the two fields.
Find out what career options are available to forensic psychology degree holders at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.
Learn about unsolved and sometimes forgotten cold cases, and stay abreast of their progress on these ten excellent blogs.
Whether going out on a date, traveling through a foreign country, or interrogating a suspect in a crime, forensic psychology offers a wealth of tools to help decode people’s nonverbal behavior. These cues include gestures, vocal tones, body positioning, micro-expressions of the face, and a number of often subconscious indicators of people’s internal states.
Mental illnesses have been found in some of the U.S.’s most loathsome killers throughout history, but it’s important to note that most people suffering from these illnesses do not commit any violent offenses.
Although police officers depend on forensic science to be able to accurately solve cases, not every city truly embraces forensic scientists as full members of the investigation team. Fortunately, some of the best police departments in the US are making aggressive moves to increase the access that officers have to skilled forensic professionals.
According to the American Psychological Association, forensic psychology is "the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena." This very broad definition helps to explain why there are so many different opportunities and paths for someone who chooses to pursue forensic psychology.