Info about John Jay’s Forensic Psych Program


To students interested in Forensic Psychology Graduate School:

As you make your final decisions about where to apply for graduate school, we are writing to suggest that you consider the exciting opportunities for doctoral study in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York — if you haven’t already.  If you are interested in issues where Psychology and Law intersect, we just might be the program for you!  The Doctoral program includes two areas of specialization:  Experimental Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology-Forensic Specialization (with a scientist-practitioner model).

All students are actively engaged in research from the start of their degree programs – and have many opportunities to present and publish their research.  Research interests among faculty and students are broad, and include the following:  assessing competence of defendants; child abuse and domestic violence; confessions and interrogations; jury decision-making; juvenile delinquency; detecting lies; eyewitness identification; expert evidence in court; treatment of sex offenders and stalkers; child witness memory, suggestibility, and credibility; suicide; neuroscience and the law; terrorism; multicultural competence in mental health treatment; and treatment of severe mental illness.

There are several unique features to John Jay’s Doctoral program that sets it apart from many other programs. For instance, this winter we will be moving into our brand new campus building that includes new faculty and student offices, a new and spacious moot courtroom, new research laboratories, state-of-the-art classrooms, an urban oasis of green space, and stunning views of New York City and the Hudson River!  Our students are given 100% tuition support, in addition to five years of guaranteed stipend support and health insurance.  Students work with leading scholars in their fields (for faculty profiles, see: ).  Faculty members include 3 distinguished professors: Drs. Saul Kassin, Steve Penrod, and Cathy Widom, as well as former APLS President and current editor of Law & Human Behavior, Dr. Margaret Kovera.  Simultaneously, clinical students are given the opportunity to develop clinical skills in a variety of externship settings, including both forensic and non-forensic options.  John Jay College also houses a number of research institutes, including the Prisoner Reentry Institute, the Center on Terrorism, and the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.  Doctoral students have ample opportunity to explore a wide variety of interests in Psychology, and have access to the entire City University of New York system of scholars and researchers.  The location of John Jay is unique as well.  We are located in the middle of Manhattan in New York City, the most diverse and culturally rich city in the world!  As a reflection of this fact, we are deeply committed to diversity in our Doctoral Program.  
If you have any questions or would like more information about our our program, please feel free to email us at: <> .  Additional information, including individual faculty members’ contact information, as well as online application materials are available from our website:
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program
John Jay College of Criminal Justice & the City University of New York Graduate Center

Clinical Faculty Members:  Dr. Maureen Allwood, Dr. Preeti Chauhan, Dr. Miriam Ehrensaft, Dr. Diana Falkenbach, Dr. Michele Galietta, Dr. William Gottdiener, Dr. Jill Grose-Fifer, Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic, Dr. Matthew Johnson, Dr. L. Thomas Kucharski, Dr. Keith A. Markus, Dr. Cynthia Mercado, Dr. Kevin Nadal, Dr. Chitra Raghavan, Dr. Louis Schlesinger, Dr. Andrew Shiva, Dr. Barbara Stanley, Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom (Distinguished Professor), Dr. James Wulach, Dr. Pegilee Wupperman, Dr. Philip Yanos, Dr. Patricia Zapf
Experimental Forensic Faculty Members:  Dr. Margaret Bull Kovera, Dr. Angela Crossman, Dr. Jennifer Dysart, Dr. Mark Fondacaro, Dr. Gwen Gerber, Dr. Demis Glasford, Dr. Jill Grose-Fifer, Dr. Maria Hartwig, Dr. Saul Kassin (Distinguished Professor), Dr. Michael Leippe, Dr. Maureen O’Connor, Dr. Steven Penrod (Distinguished Professor), Dr. C. Gabrielle Salfati, Dr. Herb Saltzstein, Dr. Deryn Strange, Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom (Distinguished Professor)


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