What is a Forensic Psychologist?

Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Forensic psychologists evaluate the mental state of a patient who has been incarcerated or is awaiting trial, in order to determine if they are competent enough to stand trial or if they are fully criminally responsible for the crime for which they stand trial.



Typical Job Duties

• Mentally evaluate and test patients who have been incarcerated or are awaiting trial

• Present findings of tests and evaluations in order to determine the extent of their criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial

• Aid law enforcement agencies in profiling sexual predators, arsonists and other offenders

• Confer with law enforcement agencies and court system personnel

• Maintain detailed patient files



Scholarships for Becoming a Forensic Psychologist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Forensic Psychologist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Psychology Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Forensic Psychologist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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