Forensic Psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. The word “forensic” comes from the Latin word “forensis,” meaning “of the forum,” where the law courts of ancient Rome were held. Today, ‘forensic’ refers to the application of scientific principles and practices to the adversary process where specially knowledgeable scientists play a role.
The American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) is the specialty certification Board for forensic psychology.
The award of the Diploma in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) attests to the fact that an established organization of peers has certified the Diplomate as a Specialist, possessing a high level of professional competence and maturity, with the ability to articulate an explicit and coherent rationale for his or her work in forensic psychology.
The ABPP diploma has been recognized by judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes in some jurisdictions as the premier standard of professional competence in forensic psychology.
The Diploma awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) is the only post-doctoral specialty practice certification board recognized in the American Psychological Association. ABPP has been incorporated since 1947, and has rigorous standards for credentials, work review and an oral examination of applicants. No candidate for specialty certification as a Forensic Psychologist by ABFP and ABPP has ever been exempt from the examination or “grandfathered,” including the founding members.