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Forensic Psychology, Certificate

39-62 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The field of forensic psychology has grown significantly over the last few years. It is now more likely than ever that practitioners will need to testify about their patients or render expert testimony. Without adequate preparation for the court environment and decision-making process, psychology professionals may commit errors that negatively impact their clients and the execution of justice. In response to this need, the Office of Postgraduate Development Programs, along with St. John’s University’s Department of Psychology, Center for Psychological Services, and School of Law, offer a unique interdisciplinary program to train psychologists in court-related skills and techniques, including how to be an effective expert witness. We cover topics such as: how to conduct an efficient and proper forensic evaluation; how to prepare forensic reports; and how to testify in court.

Apply now, if you are a psychologist interested in:

  • Acquiring new skills in forensic psychology, growing your practice, and substantially increasing your earning capacity.
  • Learning from our dynamic, experienced, interdisciplinary, and nationally-renowned faculty.
  • Becoming a more effective expert witness.
  • Completing a postdoctoral certificate in forensic psychology through a flexible program of study.
  • Preparing for the American Board of Forensic Psychology’s diplomate examination.

We offer foundational and advanced certificate programs, both of which fulfill didactic requirements for the American Board of Forensic Psychology’s (ABFP) diplomate examination. If you are interested in pursuing full board certification from the ABFP, we encourage you to become familiar with the other requirements, especially the practicum hour requirements, listed on the ABFP website.

You can complete our certificates through long weekend or week-long sessions that fit your schedule. Some modules are also taught online to accommodate the needs of busy professionals, while also maintaining high academic standards.

Please see a list of our Department faculty. You can also view a list of the faculty members who teach in the forensic psychology program.


Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP Director 
8000 Utopia Parkway
Marillac Hall Room 402B
Queens, NY 11439


To qualify for the program, you must hold a doctoral degree in psychology and be licensed or license-eligible. To apply, submit the following:       

  • A completed application with a $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • Verification of a doctoral degree in psychology (E.g. official copy of graduate degree transcript)
  • A copy of your psychology license and registration or application
  • Three letters of recommendation



Course NumberCourse TitleCourse HoursInstructor2016-2017 Fee
PDFP 900The Forensic Ethic and Mindset 7Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP$490
PDFP 901Forensic Ethic and Other  Sources of Authority7Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP$490
PDFP 902Evidence and How It Shapes Process and Presentation of Work, Data, and
7Timothy M. Tippins, J.D.$490
PDFP 903Assessing of Response Style7Rick Frederick, Ph.D., ABPP$490
PDFP 904Presenting Opinions via Report Writing and Testimony (includes moot court experience)11Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP$770
PDFP 910Criminal Competencies21Alan Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP$1,365
PDFP 911Criminal Responsibility14Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP   $910
PDFP 912Sentencing/Disposition7Michael L. Perlin, J.D.   $455
PDFP 913Risk Assessment and Management14Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., ABPP   $910
PDFP 914Moot Court6Charles Tucker, Jr., J.D.   $390

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