Collective expertise within the Unit spans evidence-gathering and the investigation process, through to the sentencing, assessment and management of offenders.
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The Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths is an international hub for research, teaching, and consultancy on the relationship between psychological science and the criminal justice system. Collective expertise within the Unit spans evidence-gathering and the investigation process, through to the sentencing, assessment, and management of offenders.
Our research has informed major developments in the interviewing of victims and witnesses in the UK and internationally. In addition, members of the FPU are involved in delivering and evaluating interventions with forensic populations and in research that influences policy and decision-making in forensic services. Projects range from fundamental research and theory development, through to ‘on-the-ground’ application and testing, from the lab to the field.
The Unit is a home for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic psychology; research students supervised by unit staff members; short CPD courses in forensic psychology; and relevant consultancy.
A strength of the Unit is our strong collaborative relationships with practitioners and key end-users of the research projects to ensure our work realistically and meaningfully influences policy and procedure. Each member of the Unit has extensive experience facilitating effective and appropriate knowledge exchange, to ensure maximum impact is achieved where possible.
Our aim is to use psychological science to make criminal investigations fair and effective.