St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens 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:
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
To qualify for the program, you must hold a doctoral degree in psychology and be licensed or license-eligible.
To apply, submit the following:
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:
For more information about program offerings and workshop schedules, please e-mail [email protected].
The Forensic Ethic and Mindset
Forensic Ethics and Other Sources of Authority
Evidence and How It Shapes Process and Presentation of Work, Data, and Opinions
Assessment of Response Style
Presenting Opinions via Report Writing and Testimony
Risk Assessment and Management
For information about accommodation, please contact [email protected].
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.