Graduate students' experiences, interests, and attitudes toward correctional/forensic psychology

Robert D. Morgan, Amanda M. Beer, Katherine L. Fitzgerald, Jon T. Mandracchia

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This study investigated the availability of correctional and forensic psychology training as well as graduate students' experiences and attitudes toward working with offender populations. Using survey data gathered from 175 graduate students representing 30 clinical and 29 counseling psychology programs, results indicate the availability of specialized training in correctional and/or forensic psychology for approximately one half of the participants. Furthermore, correctional and forensic practicum experiences appear to be as commonly available as other specialty practicum experiences, and participants report general case loads with clients who have a history of criminal and antisocial behavior. Finally, it is noted that graduate students, regardless of prior practicum or work experiences, maintain positive attitudes toward inmates and perceive work with offenders as interesting, challenging, and meaningful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-107
Number of pages12
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Correctional psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Graduate education
  • Graduate training
  • Specialty doctoral training
  • Training


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