Legal and forensic psychology

The Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology was established at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education in 2004. The basis of the Faculty is the agreement between the University and the Serbsky National Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Apart from traditional branches of psychology in its interrelation with law – criminal, forensic, penitentiary psychology – special attention is paid to the psychological problems of children, adolescents and their families in the legal context, as well as to the issues of forensic clinical psychology. These features, along with the strong practical orientation, make up the unique character of the Faculty.

• Chair of Legal Psychology. Chairperson – Prof. E.G. Dozortseva, PhD.
• Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Chairperson – Prof. F.S. Safuanov, PhD.
• Chair of Mediation in Social Sphere. Chairperson – C.A. Shamlikashvili, PhD.

The following educational programs are realized at the Faculty:

Bachelor’s program
030300 – Psychology (4 years)
Chair of Legal Psychology

Specialist’s program
050407 – Pedagogy and Psychology of deviant behaviour (5 years)
Specialty – Psychological and pedagogical prevention of deviant behaviour
Chair of Legal Psychology

030401 – Clinical Psychology (5,5 years)
Specialty – Pathopsychological diagnostic and psychotherapy
Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology

Master’s programs (2 years)
030300.68 – Psychology
Master’s program “Juvenile Legal and Forensic Psychology”
Head – Prof. E.G. Dozortseva
030300.68 – Psychology
Master’s program “Forensic Psychology: Forensic Expert Practice”
Head – Prof. F.S. Safuanov
050400.68 – Psychology and education
Master’s program “Mediation in Social Sphere”
Head – Prof. C.A. Shamlikashvili

Post-graduate course
19.00.06 – specialty “Legal and Forensic Psychology”

Where graduates work

As specialists in the field of legal and forensic psychology the Faculty graduates are able to work in
• Institutions of education and social spheres
• State institutions performing forensic expertise
• Psychological counseling services
• Legal institutions
• Institutions of healthcare
• Law enforcement services

Main research directions
• Psychodiagnostics and personality assessment for research, expertise and counseling
• Psychological and clinical psychological forensic expertise and counseling in criminal and civil legal processes including children’s rights advocacy
• Psychological treatment for individuals and groups suffering from emotional, sexual disorders, drug addiction and other psychiatric problems
• Psychological support for specialists working in the legal sphere.

Disciplines / courses, that may be taught in a foreign language
• Juvenile forensic psychology
• Forensic psychology
• Research in forensic psychology

Priority directions of international projects of the Faculty
• Development of academic mobility of students
• Teacher Exchange
• Attraction of foreign students
• Joint scientific developments
• Learning Foreign languages by students and faculty members
• Establishment of joint educational programs

More about the Faculty on its webpage