Forensic psychologist

Forensic psychologists use psychology to analyse criminal behaviour and work with offenders to modify future behaviour. 

This page has information on the role of a forensic psychologist. There is also links to further information. 

Working life 

You may also be called to give expert evidence in court and comment on the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Most of your work will be done in association with the police, probation services, prisons and young offender institutions, trying to understand the psychological problems leading to criminal behaviour and looking for ways to prevent it.

Psychological therapies staff

You’ll work with offenders, victims, criminal and civil justice staff and managers. You’ll also undertake risk assessments with offenders, in particular sex offenders with a focus on reducing the risk of re-offending. You may become involved in child protection work with social services.

Your work may include:

Where will I work? 

The largest employer of forensic psychologists is the prison service. However, forensic psychologists are increasingly working with a wide range of agencies:

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