What is Applied Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology examines topics at the interface of psychology and the law. These topics include: eyewitness testimony, jury selection, deception detection, criminal law, police stress, forensic risk assessment, criminal behaviour, types of offenders (e.g., sexual offenders, psychopaths, murderers).

Applied Forensic Psychology (AFP) refers to the application of psychology research and practice in the criminal justice context. The term captures the integration of clinical psychology as an applied professional discipline (mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, consultation) and forensic psychology as an experimental discipline.