Correctional settings currently comprise the single largest provider of mental health services, and a sizeable percentage of individuals with mental illness come into contact with the criminal justice system during their lifetime. The forensic track within the School of Professional Psychology prepares students for this fast growing field by combining academic, clinical training, and research experiences centered on forensic topics. The track provides students with a structured set of experiences designed to gain core knowledge in the assessment and treatment of forensic and correctional populations. It also provides a focused community for learning about psychology and the law. Students who complete the forensic track are expected to be highly competitive for forensically focused internships and postdoctoral training.
Faculty and Interests
- Genevieve Arnaut, Psy.D., Ph.D., Director: A variety of forensic and correctional topics (e.g., risk assessment in prison, treatment of mentally ill offenders, risk factors for recidivism, suicide in prison), quantitative and some qualitative research
- Michelle R. Guyton, Ph.D.: severe mental illness in prison, institutional adjustment in prison, psychopathy and other personality disorders, violence risk assessment, sex offenders
- Catherine Miller, Ph.D.: conduct problems, family conflict, juvenile delinquency, evaluations for the legal and social service systems, ethics
- Other forensic and correctional psychologists in the community are available to supervise clinical training and co-supervise research.
- Completion of required forensic and assessment courses in addition to core requirements for program
- Adult Forensic Psychology
- Juvenile Forensic Psychology
- Correctional Psychology
- Neuropsychological Assessment
- Projective Assessment
- Child Assessment
- Completion of at least one practicum at a forensic site
- Completion of thesis and dissertation on a forensic topic
Recent Forensic Clinical Placements
- Oregon Department of Corrections
- Oregon State Hospital
- St. Mary's Home for Boys
- Clark County Juvenile Department
Admissions and Selection
- Approximately six students are accepted into the track each year.
- Students in their first and second years of training are encouraged to apply.
- Students are selected on the basis of their academic strength and fit with the track.
- Applications materials are available upon request from the track director and are due in January.