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What Is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is the interplay between psychology and the law. Forensic psychologists provide a unique role in helping to address legal questions in civil, criminal and other medico-legal and quasi-judicial matters. Unlike forensic psychiatrists, forensic psychologists often use psychological testing to support their findings and to assist in answering complex legal questions.

Forensic psychological evaluations often play an integral role in decisions about sentencing and release. These services are frequently requested in civil litigation cases to render expert opinion about psychological injury. Forensic psychologists are also often asked to weigh in on other medico-legal issues related to disability and fitness for employment.

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