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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 in psychology Working knowledge of test instruments (MMPI, I.Q., Static-99R/Static-2002R, PCL-R, HCR-20, etc.)
License to practice in psychology Prior experience with forensic psychology patients
Professional experience, knowledge, and skills in psychological evaluation techniques (particularly pertaining to risk assessment) Bilingual