Forensic and Police Psychology Books

This page provides a list of books that professors have recommended as being sources for potential class use. If you know of other books that you would recommend for use in forensic or police psychology classes, please send me an email and I will try to add your suggestion.

Forensic Psychology Texts

Bartol, C. R., & Bartol, A. M. (2004).  Introduction to forensic psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (ISBN 0-7619-2606-2).

Goldstein, A. M., & Weiner, I. B. (2003).  Handbook of psychology: Volume 11 (Forensic psychology). Hobeken, NJ: Wiley and Sons (ISBN 0-471-61920-5)

Wrightsman, L. S., & Fulero, S. M. (2005).  Forensic psychology (2nd edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing (ISBN 0-534-63225-4).

Psychology and the Law Texts

Bartol, C. R., & Bartol, A. M. (2004).  Psychology and the law (3rd edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing (ISBN 0-534-52818-X).

Costanzo, M. (2004).  Psychology applied to law. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing (ISBN 0-534-36629-5).

Levine, M., & Wallach, L. (2002).  Psychological problems, social issues, and law.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon (ISBN 0-321-05672-8)

Wrightsman, L. S., Greene, E., Nietzel, M. T., & Fortune, W. H. (2002).  Psychology and the legal system (5th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing (ISBN 0-534-36544-2).

Police Psychology

Aamodt, M. G. (2004).  Research in law enforcement selection. Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press (ISBN 1-58112-428-7).

Lanceley, F. J. (1999).  On-scene guide for crisis negotiators.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press (ISBN 0-8493-0784-8)

McMains, M. J., & Mullins, W. C. (1996).  Crisis negotiations.  Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing (ISBN 0-87084-595-0)

Rostow, C. D., & Davis, R. D. (2004). Psychological fitness for duty evaluations in law enforcement: A handbook for law enforcement executives. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press (ISBN 0-7890-2397-0)



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