PhD in Psychology: Legal Psychology

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a major in Legal Psychology focuses on issues such as witness memory, interrogations, investigative interviewing, lineups, deception detection and juror decision-making. FIU is one of the few universities in the world with a doctoral concentration in legal psychology.

Our program provides a solid foundation in the traditional, current and emerging trends in the field. Students complete a series of courses designed to provide a thorough understanding of psychological theory and methodology as well as applied and basic research. Note, our program does not provide training for a career as a forensic psychologist.

The department of psychology is committed to a student body that is representative of the community in which it is located and the greater global society in which its alumni will work, teach, serve and conduct research. To this end, the department aligns with the mission of an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) which is to support expansion of educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations. 

Our programs are compliant with national accreditation standards, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and Master’s in Psychology and Counseling and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).


Congratulations to our 2023-2024 academic year PhD graduates: Drs. Hana Chae, Devon LaBat and Tori Carlson! 
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Focus Litigation Consulting, founded by Legal Psychology alum Dr. Geri Fischman. Starting in 2024 Maria Sparacino, a Legal Psychology doctoral candidate, will serve as a Fellow at Focus Litigation Consulting for a year, gaining valuable experience in the trial consulting world.

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Devon LaBat, Dr. Goldfarb, Dr. Evans, and Dr. Schreiber Compo, on their NIJ-funded research being highlighted by The Conversation. They found a brief training video can help jurors better evaluate forensic science testimony.