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Forensic Psychology, Certificate

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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
[email protected]


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 Number

Course Title

Course Hours

2017-2018 Fee

PDFP 905

Civil Commitment



PDFP 906

Family and Children



PDFP 907

Civil Competencies



PDFP 908

Disability/Workers’ Compensation



PDFP 909

Personal Injury



PDFP 915

Moot Court (Civil/Family)



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