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.

The Legal Psychology Program adopts and supports the Department of Psychology's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, our program supports Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Read our Statement to Address AAPI Hate.


Congratulations to Dr. Evans, Dr. Schreiber Compo, and Legal Program alum, Dr. Mindthoff on their recent publication in Law and Human Behavior that was spotlighted by the American Psychological Association. Their NSF-funded research found that alcohol intoxication impairs Miranda rights comprehension. 

Congratuations to our latest PhDs - Dr. Laura Shambaugh and Dr. Kelsey Hess! And, welcome to our newest cohort, Martine Fredrickson, Karen Tuazon, and Mackenzie Blouir!


Congratuations to Dr. Deborah Goldfarb for being awarded the Early Career Professional award from the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment!