The Future of Forensic Psychology
As scholars, practitioners and leaders in the areas of psychology and criminal justice, it is important to not only understand the past as it applies to the present, but to also extrapolate historical and current information to hypothesize the future impacts and areas necessitating additional research. Heilbrun & Brooks (2010) and Otto & Heilbrun (2002) suggest areas where psychological profiling could be expanded, areas of integration with other fields and study, and evaluate the impact of technology on psychological profiling. Discuss where you believe the future of psychological profiling is heading, whether it is appropriate, and what suggestions you have regarding criminal psychological profiling.
Guided Response: Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your observations with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two or your colleagues’ posts by Day 7. Discuss the future of psychology in the criminal justice system from multiple views including: the role of psychology in offending; how psychology influences criminal investigations; the impact of psychology in the courtroom; psychological interventions in the correctional environment. Include the short–term and long–term impacts of psychological research on the criminal justice process, and whether you agree with your peer’s views – and why or why not. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.