Archive for the ‘Forensic practice’ Category

Marketing a Forensic Psychology Practice

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Let’s say you’re considering supplementing your income from therapy or teaching by offering your services as a forensic psychologist part-time. Or perhaps you have already tried it part time, or are at a point in your life where you have decided to “go all in” with a full-time forensic practice. In all likelihood, one of your first questions will be: How can I attract business? Or more specifically, how do I market my forensic practice and persuade potential clients – primarily lawyers — to take a chance with me? (more…)

How much can forensic psychologists make?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

In another blog, I pointed out that we do not have survey data telling us how much forensic psychologists earn, on average. However, how much they can earn is a different question. Answering it does not require survey data. (more…)

Forensic Testimony About Rape Trauma Syndrome

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Should forensic testimony about “rape trauma syndrome” be excluded in civil suits where a rape victim is seeking damages for psychological harm? Based on an opinion by the Washington Court of Appeals in 2010, it appears the answer is this: It depends on the purpose of the testimony.

The opinion was issued in the case of Carlton v. Vancouver Care. In this case, it was undisputed that a woman suffering from severe dementia had been raped by an attendant while residing in a “memory care” facility operated by the defendant Vancouver Care, LLC. She died 13 months later. Her estate then sued the care facility for damages. The central issue was whether and to what extent Ms. Carlton had suffered psychological harm as a result of the rape. (more…)

Establishing a forensic psychology practice: What steps do you take to become an effective forensic psychologist?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Let’s assume that you’ve been trained in psychology, and that you’re now considering the possibility of offering expert opinion in the legal arena, either full-time or as a supplement to your other work. What do you need to get started? Do you simply begin to offer your services?


What is it like to practice as a forensic psychologist?

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Before setting out on a path to develop a forensic practice, it’s natural and reasonable to ask: What will my life be like, once my practice is established?

In the absence of survey data, I cannot say how all or even most forensic psychologists would answer this question. I can offer my own perspective, however. That is, I can say what it’s been like for me over the course of 30-plus years as a forensic psychologist.  I’ve listed below the points that stand out for me: (more…)

How much do forensic psychologists earn?

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I’ve been asked more than once how much a forensic psychologist can expect to earn. That is, what is the typical or average annual income of a forensic psychologist?

This is not an unreasonable question. It would be prudent for anyone who is considering a forensic practice to ask what one might expect to earn in this line of work. (more…)

What are the qualities of a good forensic psychologist?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A young woman who was working on a high school assignment recently contacted me to ask questions about forensic psychology. She asked several thoughtful questions, including this one: What are the qualities of a good forensic psychologist?

In the course of my 30-year career as a forensic psychologist, I have encountered enough forensic psychologists to give me an idea about the qualities that distinguish the best from all the others. Four qualities stand out, in my opinion.


A short step from psychotherapist to forensic expert?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Question: Is the work of a forensic psychologist far removed from the work of the psychotherapist? Answer: It depends what kind of forensic practice you have in mind. If you were to ask laypeople — and perhaps many psychologists — what forensic psychologists do, I think it’s safe to say that most of the responses probably would be related to the criminal justice system: (more…)