Training Goals

SCDMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology

The fellowship is designed to prepare psychologists to function as specialists in the area of forensic assessment. At the end of the

yearlong training program, it is expected fellows will have:


  • Knowledge of the basic principles of the legal system, legal doctrines relevant for forensic evaluations, as well as the core legal cases relevant to Forensic Psychology.
  • Knowledge of forensic psychological evaluation methods, including specialized assessment instruments used in forensic psychological practice.
  • Knowledge of, and practice consistent with, the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists and the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Psychologists.
  • Consumption of and adherence to research affecting forensic practice to include awareness of current controversies in the field of forensic psychology.
  • Knowledge of rules, procedures, and techniques related to expert witness testimony and the ability to provide expert testimony, to include the standards for admissibility of expert testimony in federal and state courts.
  • Attainment of advanced skill in providing forensic psychological services sufficient to practice on an independent basis.
  • Eligibility for state licensure for the independent practice of psychology.
  • Eligibility for board certification in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.