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You might hire a forensic psychologist to:

  • Evaluate child custody in a divorce
  • Assess an offender’s state of mind at the time of their offense

  • Assess witness credibility

  • Advise police on mental illness and criminal psychology
  • Design correctional programs
  • Assess risk of reoffending

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Doctoral degree (or equivalent) in psychology
Working knowledge of test instruments (ex: MMPI, IQ, Static-99R, Static-2002R, PCL-R, HCR-20)
License to practice in psychology Experience with forensic psychology patients
Professional experience, knowledge, and skills in psychological evaluation techniques, especially risk assessment
Ability to communicate in more than one language