Authorized by SDSU’s College of Sciences. Students earn 3 Professional Development Units per course.
About This Certificate
The forensic psychology certificate program gives professionals who work in fields related to criminal behavior, a look at the community-oriented goals of law enforcement, and the tools to help build trust and social capital on both sides, with the goal of generating real solutions. It also offers proven tools to boost resilience in the wake of natural disasters and other community traumas. Students interested in becoming a forensic psychologist will gain critical insights into legal issues and policies relating to criminality; the biological, genetic, and chemical factors involved in criminal behavior; and society’s role in fostering and preventing criminal behavior.
- Fully online
- Eight-week courses
- Authorized by SDSU's College of Sciences. Earn 3 Professional Development Credits per course.
- Complete in as few as eight months or take up to two years
Who Will Benefit
This certificate program is designed for professionals at the forefront of dealing with all aspects of criminal behavior. This includes social workers, intelligence officers, first responders, correctional officers, community organizers, and those working in the fields of nursing, public health, paralegal, and psychology. Those interested in forensic psychology, homeland security, public safety, and disaster-response humanitarian assistance will also benefit.
To earn the Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology, you must successfully complete two (2) core courses and three (3) electives. If your background is unrelated to forensic psychology, we highly recommend you begin with the core courses.
|Core Courses (complete both*)||Instructor||Fall 2019||Spring 2020||Summer 2020||Fall 2020|
|Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology||Dr. Katherine Turner||1/6-3/7||8/31-10/25|
|Mental Health and Criminal Justice||Dr. Katherine Turner||8/19-10/6||5/4-6/28|
|Elective Courses (complete 3)||Instructor||Fall 2019||Spring 2020||Summer 2020||Fall 2020|
|Police and Correctional Psychology||Anthony J. Ewing; Dr. Melissa Kastner-Treisman|
|Forensic Psychological Assessment and Report Writing||Dr. Anna Kafka||10/14-12/8|
|Expert Witness Courtroom and Deposition Testimony||Dr. Anna Kafka||3/9-5/3|
|Challenges and Psychological Components for Active Shooter Identification||Michael F. Owen||7/6-8/30|
|Cyberpsychology||Dr. Jessica Mueller||10/26-12/20|
Dates and prices subject to change.
*If you’ve completed relevant forensic psychology coursework at other schools and/or have three years of related professional experience, one of the courses can be waived.
The course is intended to introduce students to the wide-range field of forensic psychology and is designed to consider the relationship between psychology and law by showing how psychological research and theory can inform the legal process. This course will examine the position and responsibilities of forensic psychologists in police work, criminal investigation, investigate behavioral analysis, threat assessment, eyewitness identification, school bullying, mental defenses and competency issues, sexual abuse issues, juvenile forensics and death penalty cases, and jury selection.
January 6 - March 7
March 9 - May 3