Forensic Track | Clinical Psychology PsyD

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 Graduate 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.


Required Courses (2017 cohort and later)

In addition to the regularly required courses within the general SGP curriculum, the following track-specific courses are required:

  • GPSY 736 | Psychology and the Law
  • GPSY 836 | Adult Forensic Psychology
  • GPSY 835 | Juvenile Forensic Psychology
  • GPSY 840 | Correctional Psychology
  • GPSY 824/34 | Neuropsychological Assessment + Lab
  • GPSY 832 | Multicultural Assessment
  • GPSY 841 | Assessment of Children OR GPSY 823 Projective Assessment


Other Requirements

  • Dissertation must focus on a forensic topic or population of interest
  • At least two of the three required clinical training experiences (Practicum I, Practicum II, Clinical Fieldwork) must focus on forensic populations

Recent Forensic Clinical Placements

  • Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Oregon State Hospital
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
  • Center for Integrated Intervention
  • Clark County Juvenile Department
  • Northwest Family Psychology