Forensic Psychology: 2-Year Special Concentration

The Department of Psychology is pleased to offer a 2-year Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology, an exciting new addition to the educational offerings available to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts. Launched in September of 2013, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for undergraduates in Canada!

Forensic Psychology covers topics at the interface of psychology and law. The 2-year Special Concentration allows students to focus their studies in Forensic Psychology (courses, field trips, basic counselling & interviewing skills training) in addition to their standard BA (soon to be available to BSc students) program requirements. In addition to academic training students receive hands-on experience by participating in practica in forensic settings (prisons, courts, addiction services, forensic hospitals, etc.). This Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology provides students with a competitive advantage in the workplace, graduate and professional schools.

Students receive a 4-year, BA (soon to be available to BSc students) degree in Psychology with a “Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology”. Interested students (Majors, Advanced Majors, Honours) can apply at the end of their second year or the beginning of their third year. The next call for applications will be issued in March, 2019.

COORDINATOR: Margo C. Watt, PhD, R. Psych.
Dr. Watt is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist. She has conducted forensic risk assessments, comprehensive mental health assessments, and provided clinical direction for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for the past 20 years. Dr. Watt is a member of the IWK Youth Forensic Services research team. In her role as a Professor of Psychology at StFX, she teaches Abnormal, Clinical, and Forensic Psychology, conducts research, and supervises students. In her role as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, she supervises graduate students. Her newest book entitled: Explorations in Forensic Psychology: Cases in Criminal and Abnormal Behaviour, was published by Nelson Education in February 2014.

OTHER CORE FACULTY: Kim MacLean, PhD, R. Psych., & Angela Weaver, PhD, R. Psych.

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