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Are you interested in helping adults or kids who are criminal offenders, victims, people with mental health problems or physical and intellectual disabilities? Would you rather be involved with criminal investigations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the TU forensic psychology program is for you. You’ll examine the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system by taking courses in criminal justice, forensic psychology, psychology and sociology. So it’s like you’ll be getting two degrees in one - criminal justice and psychology. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll learn from faculty who are forensic psychologists.
We Make It Real & Relevant With The BCJ Degree In Forensic Psychology
The field of forensic psychology is both dynamic and growing – making it explicitly undefined, yet exciting. TU has become a leader in the field and created a top-level program that was established before the American Psychology Association even identified it as a registered program.
Our program is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. In this program, you will develop knowledge and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of offenders, victimology, crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.
You will also study the application of psychological principles to the resolution of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and rehabilitation program design.
Graduates can begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.
The Washington Center Experience
Gain valuable professional experience while earning credits towards graduation requirements by taking part in the Washington Center experience, which integrates professional work, classwork, leadership and civic engagement.
A Future With A Variety Of Opportunities
Students graduating with the forensic psychology degree have a wide range of opportunities. Previous forensic psychology graduates have pursued advanced degrees and have gone on to be accepted to law school, master's programs in criminal justice, forensic psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling and doctoral programs in forensic psychology and clinical psychology.
The forensic psychology program at Tiffin University is a blend of coursework in psychology and criminal justice. This gives you many different opportunities for employment in mental health, social service and criminal justice settings.
What You Can Expect From Your TU Forensic Psychology Degree:
- Graduates will demonstrate the application of psychological theories and research to legal issues.
- Graduates will demonstrate the psychological impact of crime and violence on victims.
- Graduates will be able to critically evaluate empirical research.
- Graduates will be able to design, collect data, analyze results and write an APA style paper for an original empirical research project.
- Graduates will diagnose mental disorders and understand different approaches to treatment by constructing ITPs.
- Graduates will learn how their own knowledge, skills and values match different career choices and be able to act professionally in a real world setting.
Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Forensic Psychology Major 30 hours
- FOR105 Victimology
- FOR344 Psychology of Violence and Aggression
- FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies
- FOR460 Psychology and Law
- JUS461 Capstone Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
- PSY360 Introduction to Counseling
- PSY362 Abnormal Behavior
- SOC250 Social Psychology
- SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society
One of the following:
- COR420 Agency Management
- FOR347 Psychology of Sex Crimes
- FOR365 Drugs and Society
- FOR485 Death and Dying
- PSY269 Human Sexuality
Total BCJ hours 121
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August
There are no related concentrations available
Victimology (FOR105) - This course focuses on the victims rather than the offenders; why they have been recently rediscovered, why they often do not report crimes to police; how some victims might share responsibility for the crimes with the offenders; how they can be repaid for their losses through offender restitution and government compensation; and what new services are available to help victims prevent crimes and resist attacks. The social and emotional responses of victims to crime are examined.
Psychology of Violence and Aggression (FOR344) - Course examines the changes in the methods, patterns and meanings of violence. Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists and by the military. The major theories explaining the causes of violence, and important research about attitudes toward violence and the showing of force to bring about change are reviewed. This is a writing intensive course.
Crisis Intervention Strategies (FOR430) - Focuses on the theory and practice of intervention in various acute situations common in work with criminal justice clients, e.g., domestic violence, suicide threat/attempt, physical or sexual abuse and acute chemical dependency episodes.
Psychology and Law (FOR460) - Course studies the psychology assumptions that the law makes and the differences between law and psychology regarding models of behavior, theories of change, morality and values. Role of psychology in the legal process, the rules of procedure, the jury system and the psychologist in the courtroom are examined in depth. This is a writing intensive course.
Social Psychology (SOC250) - Study of the influences that people have on the beliefs and behaviors of others. Topics will include social perception and attribution, self-presentation, attitudes and attitude change, aggression and violence, group dynamics and their relationship to selected fields.
- Case Manager
- Court Diversion Program Worker
- Graduate or Law School
- Intelligence Analyst
- Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement
- Mental Health Worker
- Parole/Probation Officer
- Residential Treatment Specialist
- Victim Advocate
- Department of Public Defense
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Graduate School
- Ohio Attorney General’s
- Ohio County Sheriff’s Offices
- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
- U.S. Marshals
For his undergraduate, Steven went to Lake Erie College, a small private liberal arts institution where he obtained his BS in psychology. After that, he received his masters degree from Bowling Green State University with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience. Once grad school was over, Steven went to work in the Lab of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience in Boston University School of Medicine where his focus was on autism research. Everything changed once he had the opportunity to teach a few classes for Bay State College and loved it. His journey then took him to Anne Arundel Community College as a full time faculty member in psychology. After four years at AACC, Steven came across a new venture in learning at Tiffin University that he could not pass up.
Steven's philosophy is that he and his students are on an educational journey together. He's there to be their guide and to provide them with the tools they require to get where they need to be. He does take his classroom and the learning environment it provides very seriously and wants to create a space to give everyone the opportunity to grow. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline but the rewards are great.
Erin P. Dean, Ph.D.
Prior to coming to Tiffin University in 2006, Dr. Dean taught courses for Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. In addition to her teaching experience, she served as the Project Director at Kent State University (KSU) for a $3.5 million dollar National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) HIV prevention program for inner-city women grant. Dr. Dean is also a supervising licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC-S) in the state of Ohio. Over the past 16 years, she has had a variety of community mental health experiences including work with couples, families, and children at Family Solutions in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS at AIDS Holistic Services in Akron, Ohio, and with clients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) at Harbor Behavioral Healthcare in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to being full time faculty at Tiffin University, Dr. Dean continues to see clients one evening per week in her community.
Her research interests and areas of specialization include HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender issues, and working with clients with a dual diagnosis. She has served as a reviewer on a Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia to evaluate the scientific merit of grant proposals received in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for community based HIV prevention programs and as a reviewer for proposals submitted for presentation at the American counseling Association (ACA) annual conference.
Her passion for clinical work, ensuring that clients receive the highest level of care, and her desire to mentor students, are the driving forces behind her decision to transition into the academic community. In her decade at TU, she has served as the first Director of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the faculty advisor to SPECTRUM, as a faculty sport sponsor to the women's soccer team, as the chair of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment Committee, as a member on various other university committees, and currently, as the department chair for the seated undergraduate social and behavioral sciences department. Above all else, she enjoys her role as a counselor educator and helping to train ethical and competent future addictions counselors.
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Appel has worked in the field of behavioral health for almost three decades. He has worked with individuals, groups, families, and organizations as a counselor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, director of behavioral health services, consultant, researcher, department chair, and educator. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University.
Dr. Appel studied Media and Communications at Cleveland State University and did some work in college Radio at WCSB (Cleveland State University) and WKSR (Kent State University) and has since dabbled in internet radio.
Dr. Appel received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Community-Clinical Counseling from Kent State University, a second Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Administration (Tiffin University), and a Ph.D. in Counseling (sub-specializing both in Marriage and Family Therapy and Organizational Psychology) from The University of Akron. He also has received a Graduate Certificate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Dr. Appel is a Diplomate in Psychotherapy and is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Career Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional. He has also received training as Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster, Emergency and Terrorist Events. He is certified in the Psychology of Terrorists by the American Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Appel is also currently licensed as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, a Supervising Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor, and had been licensed as a Social Worker.
Dr. Appel has worked with a diverse range of populations/problems which include persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. He has designed, managed, and worked in clinical programs that have included services for the severe mentally ill, child, couple, and family therapy interventions, substance abuse assessment and treatment, dual diagnosis, forensic treatment, NGRIs (not guilty by reason of insanity), sex offenders, court-ordered mental health, addiction, anger management /violence prevention services, career counseling, community crisis/trauma response team interventions, and employee assistance program (EAP) services. He also has assisted in training police officers as part of Community Involvement Training (CIT) -- a joint mental health and criminal justice practice initiative. He has also provided counseling and psychotherapy in a private practice setting.
Dr. Appel’s professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, as well as a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He also has been an executive board member of the National Organization for Human Services, serving as its Education Chair.
Dr. Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, the psychology of terrorism, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
He has also taught at The University of Akron, Old Dominion University (Virginia), and as part of a faculty exchange program at The University of Kitakyushu in Kitakyushu, Japan. He has done research and/or applied work with organizations around stress, trauma/violence in the workplace, family violence, employee burnout, issues related to family-work balance, and the applications of “mindfulness” to psychotherapy.
Dr. Appel also has co-authored a training curriculum in Domestic Violence for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, and is a peer reviewer for the Family Relations Journal and the Open Social Sciences Journal. He has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. He has also co-authored numerous book chapters. His research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, family violence, workplace violence, the mentally ill offender, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health.
Dr. Appel has done extensive travel and research in Asia.
Elizabeth Athaide-Victor, Ph.D.
Dr. Victor began her career with a plan to consistently combine academics and applied service because she truly believes that one cannot teach without "doing". As a result, she has been able to monitor both the extension of her field in academia, as well as its application in the real world. She feels this best enables her to educate her students, and prepare them for the challenges they will encounter in their careers. During all levels of her own education, Dr. Victor has worked in the field.
Born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, in the late 1970s she started working for the Department of Youth Services (DYS) for the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. After leaving DYS, she worked in Boston for a suicide prevention center. During college, both undergraduate and graduate, Dr. Athaide-Victor also worked for a juvenile lock-up facility, a hunger-relief program, and volunteered in programs specializing in mental retardation, autism and in substance abuse rehabilitation programs.
As part of her pre-Doctoral program, Dr. Victor studied with Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg at Harvard University, doing research on moral reasoning and attribution of responsibility. Dr. Victor also worked for several years at a Sleep Disorders Center, a Community Mental Health Center, and a Sexual Disorders Center, all located in Toledo.
Dr. Victor joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 1989. She has conducted abundant research on jury behavior, jury cognitive processing, child sexual abuse litigation, toxic tort litigation, juror competence, and juror bias. Dr. Victor was the first Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. She belongs to several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Association of Hispanic Psychologists, and the American Society of Criminology. She is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner.
Matthew Bereza, Ph.D.
Dr. Bereza is an Associate Professor of Psychology within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. Before joining Tiffin University, Dr. Bereza worked with bilingual students and clients in Ohio and his native New York. He has several years of clinical experience working with Spanish-speaking populations both in and out of the helping professions. In addition, he has worked with area mental health agencies as a social worker, translator, emergency mental health therapist, and licensed counselor.
During his time at Ohio State, Dr. Bereza worked as a graduate assistant for the Office for Disability Services, where he counseled and assessed students with learning disabilities. In addition, he has worked for several years as a Psychologist's Assistant both in schools and clinics.
Dr. Bereza's teaching interests include honors psychology; Peace and Social Justice; Latin American Studies; abnormal psychology; social psychology; drugs and society; history and systems of psychology; qualitative research methods; professional practice and the writing process in psychology; and developmental psychology.
Currently, Dr. Bereza is conducting research on how psychology and nutrition intersect to promote community health. He is a proponent of innovative research methods such as collaboration with individuals from across the academy to present the scientific method as open to all students and community members. Presently, Bereza is working with a certified organic farm to study how Direct to Vendor routes influence positive community health, and has presented these data nationally and internationally. In addition, Dr. Bereza actively researches and studies in Latin America, bringing first-hand data from the field to the Tiffin community.
On campus, you can find Dr. Bereza working as faculty advisor to the Latin American Student Organization; chairing the University's Green Committee; taking part in the University Curriculum Committee; and assisting on the Institutional Review Board for research and ethics at Tiffin University. When not working he enjoys music, volleyball, baking, and riding his bike.
Fang-Mei Law, Ph.D.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Law’s dream since childhood was to become a teacher. This dream came true when she became an instructor in the Department of Social Work at Shih-Chien University in 1983, after obtaining her M. Ed. in counseling at Changhua University of Education. During her seven years at Shih-Chien University, she was active academically and administratively on campus. Academically, she researched factors that influenced college students’ adjustment to campus life, and the psychological well-being of a low-income family. After three years, she attained the rank of associate professor and taught psychology, group practice in social work, and social work practicum. During the same period, she served as the director of extra curriculum for two years, and of the counseling center for another two years.
In order to pursue a higher level of professional development, Dr. Law relocated to the United States in 1990, obtaining a second M. Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-River Fall in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University (MSU) in counselor education with a minor in psychology in 1995. During her time at MSU, she worked as a counselor in the international students office and in the counseling center, and as a research assistant at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Blindness and Low Vision. In addition, she also passed the examination to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
In 1995, Dr. Law returned to being an associate professor at Shih-Chien University in Taiwan, and was also appointed to be the director of the counseling center. One year later, Dr. Law returned to the United States, serving as the executive director of Asian American Community Services (AACS), as well as a counselor, cultural competence trainer, and interpreter trainer. AACS is a non-profit organization designed to provide prevention and intervention programs for Asian Americans in Central Ohio. During this time, she passed the examination to become a Licensed Professional Clinic Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio, and was also actively involved as a committee member for many non-profit organizations in central Ohio, such as the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Ohio Coalition of Sexual Assault Association, the BEST program of American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross. In these settings, Dr. Law gained significant experience working with clients and students of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Also during this time, Dr. Law served as a field instructor for the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University, as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Dayton's Department of Counselor Education and Human Services, and as an adjunct faculty member in Columbus State Community College's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Law joined Tiffin University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2005, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010, and to Full Professor in 2016. Dr. Law has published and presented books and papers, conducted trainings regionally, nationally, and internationally focusing on topics such as student interest in research, statistics anxiety, the effectiveness of drug treatment programs, the psychological well-being of correctional officers, overcoming depression, finding hope, and acculturation issues for immigrants. Her publications and presentations, in both English and Chinese, are a testimony to her interest in research.
Dr. Law’s teaching focus at TU is psychology, teaching such courses as Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Research Design, Multicultural Issues in Society, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology at the undergraduate level, and Statistical Application to Criminal Justice, Forensic Counseling, and Advanced Psychological Assessment Theory at the graduate level in the criminal justice program. On campus, you can also find Dr. Law working very closely with international students to enhance their acculturalization a new land. She does this by teaching First-Year Experience for international students in the English as Second Language program, serving as a Faculty Advisor for the Chinese Students and Scholar Association, serving as a member of the Diversity Committee and the International Students Support Committee, and by conducting culturally-related programs for the TU community as needed.
Dr. Law is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Her teaching goal is to draw on her multicultural and clinical experiences in the classroom to make the subject matter more enjoyable, relevant, and practical to both her undergraduate and graduate students and to fulfill their educational needs. All of this is reflected in her selection as an Excellence in Teaching award recipient at Tiffin University in 2016.
Steven Hurwitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Steven Hurwitz is originally from New York and grew up on Long Island. He earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Queens College and, after a two-year break working as a sportswriter, went to Syracuse University where he earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Dr. Hurwitz began his professional career in 1982 as an instructor in the Syracuse University Inmate Higher Education Program at Auburn Correctional Facility. After two years in the program, he went to work at Hutchings Psychiatric Center conducting program evaluation research and developing computer applications for Quality Assurance Monitoring from 1984 through 1987.
Upon leaving Hutchings, Dr. Hurwitz joined the staff of the Psycholinguistics Research Corporation where, from 1987 through 1992, he conducted quantitative and qualitative research in forensic psycholinguistics. Most of this research focused on the analysis of threatening communications to determine demographic and psychological characteristics of the author as well as assessments of their potential for violence. This work was done for the FBI, Department of Energy, and other federal, state and local agencies. In 1989, Dr. Hurwitz again returned to Auburn Correctional Facility in an expanded role of instructor, tutor and academic counselor. He remained at Auburn until1993. Immediately prior to arriving at Tiffin University in 1994, he spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Since joining the faculty at Tiffin, Dr. Hurwitz has been actively involved in the local community. He has been involved with, and conducted projects for, such agencies as the Tiffin City Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff: Family and Children First Council, Seneca County Sexual Assault Coalition, Seneca County Domestic Violence Coalition and Tiffin City Schools. Dr. Hurwitz's research interests are varied and have included expert testimony, juror decision-making, media influences on social perceptions, police use of Tasers, social media, the psychological effects of terrorism, and perceptions of privacy. He has made presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Hurwitz likes getting students involved in many of these projects as well as mentoring them to conduct their own, original research. Among his many roles on campus, Dr. Hurwitz serves as the Campus Liaison for The Washington Center Internship Program. He was recognized by The Washington Center as the 2012 Liaison of the Year.