Forensic Psychology Specialization

The Forensic Psychology Specialization is available to all students who are following the 60-credit MS Clinical Psychology option. While all students in the 60-credit option are required to take Advanced Forensic Psychology: Assessment and Treatment (PSY 637), the Forensic Psychology Specialization requires an additional two courses (6 credits), Law and Forensic Psychology: Research & Practice (PSY 627) and Principles and Applications of Forensic Psychology (PSY 634) as well as a forensic focused master’s thesis and forensic practicum and internship experiences.

The specialization has a focus on training master-level clinicians in the law and research related to the field of clinical forensic psychology. Students will acquire the skills necessary to provide clinical services within the legal system. The Forensic Psychology Specialization will enhance the eligibility of graduates for positions related to providing expert testimony, conducting competency evaluations, providing clinical services to incarceration programs, juvenile detention, social and legal agencies and agencies working with victims and offenders. Further, the specialization will enhance the eligibility of the graduates for doctoral study in forensic and clinical psychology.

The Forensic Psychology Faculty

Linda Bacheller, JD, PsyD. Director, MS Clinical Psychology Program

Dr. Bacheller has doctorates in law and psychology, and she is a licensed attorney and psychologist. Her research centers on psycholegal issues related to child and adolescent mental health, adolescents within the juvenile justice system, and trauma.

Jillian Rivard, PhD

Dr. Rivard has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and a doctorate in legal psychology. Her research centers on investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, cognitive bias, and child victims/witnesses.