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What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology that specializes in the research, assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders  (APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007).


What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic psychology is the application of psychological principles and techniques to situations involving the law or legal systems (both criminal and civil).  Its functions include providing consultation, education, or training to various individuals within the legal and correctional systems; making recommendations regarding child custody and other related issues; providing expert testimony and advocacy; and conducting research and policy analysis  (APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007).


What is Investigative Psychology?

Investigative psychology combines techniques and practices of both clinical and forensic psychology.  It applies these principles in order to understand the interview process as well as to examine various kinds of crime scenes, especially sex offenses and homicides. 


What is Sport and Exercise Psychology?

Sport and exercise psychology is the application and development of psychological theory for the understanding of human behavior in the sport and physical exercise environment  (APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007). 


A major component of sport and exercise psychology is to assist in developing the kind of focused attention and concentration that are necessary for excellence in the technique of the sport.


These techniques have been applied to such sports as golf, swimming, firearms competition, weight lifting, archery, to name a few.


What is the Cognitive Interview?

The cognitive interview is a structured technique developed for enhancing eyewitness recollection in criminal investigation.  It relies on principles of cognition and memory retrieval, such as context reinstatement, reporting everything (however seemingly irrelevant), recalling events in different order, and changing perspectives (APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007).  Unlike hypnosis, the use of the cognitive interview is accepted in the courts without legal controversy.


What is the Role of the Psychologist in Psychopharmacology Consultations?

Clinical Forensic Psychology Associates, LLC, follows an “integrative approach” to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.  This integrative approach is a collaborative approach that seeks in-put, understanding and expertise from many professionals and different disciplines.  Psychologists specially trained in psychopharmacology bring a specialized and important perspective to the understanding and treatment of mental disorders.  These specially trained psychologists can also assist the investigative process by examining the role of drugs in the behavior of subjects, offenders, victims and witnesses.