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Trine adds new forensic psychology concentration
ANGOLA, Ind. – Beginning this fall, the Trine University School of Professional Studies will offer a new, online forensic psychology concentration for students in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program.
Forensic psychology is the interaction of the practice or study of psychology and the law. The best example of this line of work can be seen on the CBS hit series, “Criminal Minds,” which follows a team of profilers from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Psychologists in this field work everywhere, from prisons, jails and rehabilitation centers to government agencies and universities.
This concentration would be helpful to criminal justice graduate students who are interested in helping victims, working with mentally ill criminals, profiling victims and offenders or understanding juvenile delinquents, sex offenders and children that have witnessed criminal acts.
“I want to help people interested in pursuing a career in the field of forensic psychology to better understand the many elements associated to criminal deviation and unconventional behaviors alike,” said Trine instructor Erica Hutton, who has developed the program. “Such knowledge would increase the efficacy for those students employed within police departments, victims’ services units, prisons, within the realm of counseling and more.”
Hutton, an instructor in the criminal justice, psychology and social science department, earned her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, she earned her master’s degree in criminal justice and forensic psychology from Argosy University. She currently is pursuing her doctorate. She completed her dissertation research at the Miami-Dade Police Department Robbery Bureau where she gathered data from crime scenes related to home-invasion robbery and established a baseline for home-invasion offender typologies.
Core courses for the concentration include the theory and practice of forensic psychology, psychopathology, evaluation and treatment of specialized populations and victimology. In addition, students will be required to complete a development project.
For more information about the criminal justice master’s program or the concentration, contact program director Julia Jordanich, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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