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Forensic Psychology

  1. Allen K. Hess

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0369

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Hess, A. K. 2010. Forensic Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Auburn University at Montgomery

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Forensic psychology refers to the three ways psychology and law interact (A. K. Hess, 2006). Notwithstanding the common association of forensic with autopsies as in forensic medicine, the three ways are (1) psychology by the law, (2) psychology in the law, and (3) psychology of the law.


  • psychology and the law;
  • law and psychology;
  • psycholegal;
  • forensic psychology