Postdoctoral Fellowship Curriculum

Consistent with the descriptions of core content areas in the field of forensic psychology provided by the American Board of Forensic Psychology and APA’s Division 41/The American Psychology-Law Society (2007), the fellowship curriculum includes the following content domains:
Knowledge foundations for the study and practice of forensic psychology:

  1. Landmark Cases
  1. Admissibility of Expert Testimony
  2. Admissibility of Scientific Evidence
  3. Liability/Immunity of Expert Witnesses
  4. Insanity Defense/Criminal Responsibility
  5. Diminished Capacity
  6. Competency to Stand Trial
  7. Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
  8. Competency to be Sentenced
  9. Competency to Plead Pro Se
  10. Competency to be Executed
  11. Competence to Confess
  12. Competence to Waive the Insanity Plea
  13. Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill
  14. Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators
  15. Commitment of Insanity Acquitees
  16. Death Penalty Aggravating, Mitigating and Exculpating Factors
  17. Right to Refuse Treatment
  18. Right to Treatment
  19. Malpractice
  20. Personal Injury Claims
  21. Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
  22. Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  23. Sexual Harassment
  24. Juvenile Laws and Assessments
  25. Child Custody and Parenting
  26. Legal Parameters in Juvenile Justice
  27. Duty to Protect/Warn
  28. Jury Selection
  29. Eyewitness Testimony
  30. Hypnosis
  31. Ethics
  1. Ethical and Legal Foundations in Forensic Behavioral Science

  2. Forensic Psychological Ethics & Minimizing Bias in Forensic Psychological Practice

  3. Considerations of Safety and Security in a Forensic Setting

  4. Assessment of Response Style including Feigning/Malingering

  5. Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility

  6. Evaluation of Mens Rea Defenses and Diminished Capacity (2 seminars)

  7. Evaluation of Criminal Competencies (2 seminars)

    1. Competency to Stand Trial
    2. Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
    3. Competency to be Sentenced
    4. Competency to Plead Pro Se
    5. Competency to be Executed
    6. Competence to Confess


  1. Evaluation of Civil Competencies
  1. Competency to Care for Self (Guardianship)- Medical Decision-Making
  2. Testamentary Capacity
Psychological Assessments of Situational and Dispositional Risk Factors in “False Confession” Cases
  1. Risk Assessment (4 seminars)
    1. Violence Risk Assessment
    2. Sexual Violence Risk Assessment
    3. Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment
    4. Child Pornography and Online Offending Risk Assessment


Threat Assessment
Civil Commitment
Memory Distortions: Alcohol and Memory and Source Monitoring

  1. Suicide Risk Assessment

  2. Personal Injury Evaluations

  3. Personnel Selection/Fitness for Duty Evaluations

  4. Child Custody Evaluations & Evaluations of Juveniles/Waiver to Adult

         Court/Amenability to Treatment

  1. Forensic Report Writing

  2. Expert Witness Testimony

  3. Treatment of the Forensic Patient

  4. Confidentiality, Informed Consent and Privilege

  5. Right to Treatment and Right to Refuse Treatment

  6. SVP Laws and Treatment of Sex Offenders

  7. Death Penalty

  8. Harassment, Emotional Harm, Discrimination and ADA

Duty to Protect

  1. Research with Forensic Populations

  2. Cross-Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychology

  3. The Military Forensic Psychological Consultation

Police Psychology

  1. History of Forensic Psychology

  2. Utilizing Research (Legal and Psychological) to Help Answer Forensic Referral Question

  3. Training and Supervision of Forensic Psychology Interns, and Post-Doctoral Fellows

  4. Jury Selection and Factors Influencing Jury Decision-Making

Participation in forensic service delivery in clinics or units: experiential training

  1. Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, Jessup Maryland

  2. FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Virginia

  3. Expert Consultancies to JAG Corps members (Defense and Government) throughout the United States and the world.

  4. NSA rotation, Fort Meade, Maryland.

  5. 4 week JAG Course in Charlottesville, VA

Forensic Psychology


Monday thru Friday 0700 - 1600


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Additional Information

Referrals are accepted from JAG officers and civilian attorneys involved in courts martial for Service Members in any branch of the Armed Services.
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