Current Issues in Forensic Psychology Research
Forensic Psychology is the application of psychological theory to areas of crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system. Forensic Psychologists work both in academia and “in the field”, with the former using research-based approaches to inform the practice of the latter. Forensic Psychologists may work as treatment providers, investigation consultants, behavioural analysts, expert witnesses, and risk assessors to name but a few areas. Therefore, there is a need for researchers to investigate forensic issues so that practitioners and policy-makers are kept up-to-date with ‘what works’.
Current topics investigated in forensic psychology include: sexual offending; aggressive and violent offending; domestic abusers; terrorism; offender profiling; attitudes towards crime, criminals, and victims; psychopathy; understanding judge and juries; prisons; investigative processes; and police psychology. The use of emergency services, female offending, and the use of the internet to facilitate offending are some of the exciting, ‘newer, topics which are emerging in the literature. Forensic Psychology is an ever-moving research area. Cognitive, Social, and Biological theory are drawn upon within Forensic Psychology. For example, cognitive measures may be required to understand offender cognition and the use of complex brain imaging techniques may aid in the understanding of brain functioning.
The area of Forensic Psychology is ever-growing and resulting research is being implemented not only in an academic manner, but also through application. This symposium aims to tap into postgraduate researchers investigating in this field, and we invite you to example your research.