ForPsychSeries Part5

LIFP Series – Part 5 – Resources for Forensic Psychology and Investigative Psychology

This is the final post for the LIFP (Look into Forensic Psychology) Series of blog posts.

In this final section, I will simply list the resources – websites, books, journals and downloads, which have provided some of this information for those like me, interested in the fields of forensic or investigative psychology.

Part 5 – Resources on Forensic Psychology and Criminal Profiling

This is my list of resources on Forensic Psychology. I include the most helpful of the many websites dealing with the subject, and several books which have provided knowledge on the topic. Note that many universities provide Criminal, Forensic and sometimes Investigative Psychology courses at degree and master levels, and most nations have overall associations in charge of the psychology accreditations.




  • On this page, the BPS (British Psychology Society) Division of Forensic Psychology has a word.doc available explaining what forensic psychologists do.
  • All About Forensic has several small e-books on subjects such as criminal profiling, interrogation, eye witnesses, all available to download for free. These ebooks have been created from free-to-use justice papers written over the years.
  • The FBI has several large publications free to download as reference. These include a lot of statistical reports showing crime rates over the years. And this PDF on Serial Murder – ‘Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators’.
  • On the FBI Podcast ‘Inside the FBI’ of May 2011, several behavioural analysts who work for the BAU-s unit, speak about their work. This page gives the podcast and transcript.
  • Blackwell Publishing has the electronic versions of each chapter online, from ‘Psychology’ by Miles Hewstone, Frank D. Fincham and Johnathan Foster. Chapter 21 provides 19 pages on Forensic Psychology and the Law. You will need to register to obtain the content.
  • Sage Publishing also has a chapter on Forensic Psychology available online. Chapter 1.
  • There is a 79 page report published on the web called ‘Psychology of Terrorism’, available from the World Defense Review.
  • You will find a yearly open access journal of Forensic Psychology here, each journal includes several papers in pdf form.
  • The American Psychological Association (APA) has Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology – you can read online, or download the report as a PDF.
  • The World Health Organisation administers the ICD-10International Classification of Diseases. This body of work came into use from 1994, and is available in various forms online via The WHO links here.
  • There are various Forensic Psychology books available via filesharing sites. I’m unsure as to the copyright of these, but you can find the Handbook of Forensic Psychology, a 1047 page tomb, at mediafire. At the American Journal of Psychiatry online, the Handbook (Now out of print) is described as –
    • In this big book, the editors, both from the Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, have assembled 71 contributors, nearly all from university departments of psychology, to produce an encyclopedic handbook of forensic psychology. The volume is organized into four parts: 1) Basic Issues, 2) Assessment, 3) Mental Disorders and Forensic Psychology, and 4) Special Topics. Each part has several chapters, which, in turn, have several sections on different topics. Repetitive and with uneven writing, as can be expected from a multiauthored work
  • The Australian Psychological Society has a few pdf downloads / information sheets for forensic psychologists.
  • The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook is available here.
  • At the IA-IP website you can also download several key publication PDFs on the topic‘Chapter 11 Introducing Investigative Psychology’ is an excerpt from a full text book written by David Canter and Donna E Youngs; ‘Offender Profiling and Investigative Psychology’ by David Canter; ‘Testing a Typology of Serial Murder’ by David V. Canter & Natalia Wentink; ‘Offender Profiling and Criminal Differentiation’ by David Canter; ‘Geographical Profiling of Criminals’ by David Canter; and ‘Predicting Serial Killers’ Home Base Using a Decision Support System’ by David Canter, Toby Coffey and Malcolm Huntley.
  • The British Psychological Society has published the ‘Legal and Criminology Psychology’ journal since 1996. You will need to be a BPS member to access past journals, but Wiley Online has these all available as e-books, or provides the latest edition and some previous articles free as PDF
  • The American Psychology-Law Society publishes a bimonthly journal ‘Law and Human Behavior’. You can access the full online version of the latest edition via the  page. These go back to Volume 1 published in 1977.
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application’, 2nd Edition, Los Angeles, Sage by Bartol, C and Bartol, A (2008) –
    • you can access a powerpoint presentation on Chapter 3 (Investigative Psychology or Profiling) via the UK link.
    • And ‘Forensic Psychology 2004’ Bartol, Pgs 1 – 29 found at Scribd, introduces some of the history and work settings for forensic psychologists.
    • Sage holds Chapter One as a downloadable PDF here.
    • Sage holds a study site for this text, which contains chapter outlines, downloads and resource link lists.


For a full index of the LIFP (Look into Forensic Psychology) blog series, please see here.


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Hunter Emkay writes psychological thrillers set in our contemporary domestic world. Hunter Emkay grew up and moved between small town surburbia to corporate geekiness – and back. Maybe all that surburban excitement has led to a little too much murder on her mind.

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