Introduction to Forensic Psychology

  • Lenore E. A. Walker
  • David L. Shapiro


Forensic Psychology is the study of the integration of psychology and the law. It is a new blend of two old professions—psychology, which is the study of human behavior, and law, which is the study of how people rule themselves in social situations. Psychologists generally use the scientific method of induction to understand human behavior while lawyers use reason or the deductive method of inquiry to understand legal issues. Each discipline uses different methods to interpret and solve problems. We believe that using the knowledge, information, and techniques of both disciplines to better understand simple and complex problems is the best way to find “truth”. It is like the old saying, “two heads are better than one”.


Sexual Harassment Defense Attorney Mental Health Worker Deductive Method Forensic Psychologist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenore E. A. Walker
    • 1
  • David L. Shapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFt. LauderdaleUSA

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