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Forensic Psychology, Certificate

39 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. Please e-mail [email protected] for a full schedule of workshops.

Veteran students enrolled in the foundational certificate program and covered under the G.I. Bill may be certified with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and apply veteran educational benefits to their tuition. 


Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Director 
Marillac Hall, Room 402B
[email protected]

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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 (for first-time applicants only)


Both the foundational and advanced certificate programs develop your ability to analyze and articulate forensic issues affecting your patients in an ethically and culturally sensitive manner: 

  • The foundational certificate program introduces forensic behavioral science, forensic report writing, subpoenas, court communications, and expert witness testimony. The foundational certificate requires the successful completion of 39 hours of instruction and is a prerequisite for the advanced certificate program. 
  • The advanced certificate program in criminal law emphasizes the selection of appropriate forensic assessment tools, effective expert testimony, issues of competency, and rules of evidence for criminal courts. Successful completion of 62 hours of instruction qualifies the candidate for this certificate.
  • The advanced certificate program in civil/family law addresses matters that arise in civil courts, especially pertaining to family law. Successful completion of 56 hours of instruction qualifies the candidate for this certificate. 

​For more information about program offerings and workshop schedules, please e-mail [email protected]

Fees and Refund Policy

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

2018-2019 Fee

PDFP 900

The Forensic Ethic and Mindset



PDFP 901

Forensic Ethics and Other Sources of Authority



PDFP 902

Evidence and How It Shapes Process and Presentation of Work, Data, and Opinions



PDFP 903

Assessment of Response Style



PDFP 904

Presenting Opinions via Report Writing and Testimony



PDFP 910

Criminal Competences



PDFP 911

Criminal Responsibility



PDFP 912




PDFP 913

Risk Assessment and Management



PDFP 914

Moot Court



For information about accommodation, please contact [email protected].

Refund Policy

The registration fee is non-refundable. Tuition reimbursement requests received in writing up to six weeks prior to the beginning of the program will be honored in full, subject to a $75 administrative fee. Written requests for tuition refund received two weeks prior to the beginning of the program will receive 50 percent reimbursement. No refunds are available for requests received thereafter.