Key texts in Forensic and Investigative Psychology.
I am often asked by police officers, authors and other interested parties for links to texts I can recommend in these areas. The list below is by no means exhaustive but each of these texts does, I feel, offer a valuable contribution to the discipline and offer the reader a good insight into the theory, methods and practice applied in this field. I will be posting links to more specialist texts, for example in geographical profiling and offender profiling, in the near future. I will also be setting up pages here with links to all of the abstracts and full papers that I tweet.
I have given a link to an online seller for each text, not for reasons of endorsement but simply to help you all find them easily. Some of these may seem a little expensive but are often available as used copies online or your library will be able to get hold of them for you. Hope this is of use!
General overviews of Forensic Psychology:
- Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. David Canter.
As the title suggests, this is a brief overview of the field. Great for getting a flavour of the issues covered in forensic psychology.
- Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology (4th edition). Dennis Howitt.
This is a good overview text which covers the breadth of areas involved in the field of Forensic Psychology:
- Forensic Psychology. Crime, Justice, Law, Interventions. (2nd edition). Edited by Graham Davies and Anthony Beech.
Only just released and and another comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to forensic psychology:
- Forensic Psychology: Concepts, Debates and Practice (2nd edition). Edited by Joanna R. Adler.
A good critical overview which aims to hope to inspire and stimulate debate about how forensic psychology can aid the practice of justice:
- Forensic Psychology. Edited by Davies, Hollin and Bull.
Another recent, clear and accessible overview that the areas by structuring it around crime, criminal investigation, the trial process and after sentencing:
Investigative Psychology texts:
- Investigative Psychology: Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Action. Edited by David Canter and Donna Youngs.
An excellent text which covers this area extremely well. This will be of interest to those who want more information on how the analysis that underpins this approach to profiling is carried out as there are lots of examples here:
- Forensic Psychologists Casebook: Psychological profiling and criminal investigation. Edited by Laurence Alison.
Another ‘must-have’ in my opinion. This book aims to demonstrate how forensic psychology contributes to police investigations, providing practical information about the type of reports provided by psychologists and behavioural advisors. Very good on giving an understanding of the, often misunderstood, area of profiling: