Organisational psychology applied to forensic issues

Beryl Hesketh*, Robert Rawlings, Rob Allen

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This paper highlights areas of organisational psychology that are relevant to the work of forensic psychologists. Traditionally, the psychologist's contribution to forensic issues has had its primary focus on the assessment and treatment of the individual. Little attention has been given to the potential contribution of psychological expertise in the areas of selection of prison, police, or other custodial officers, training of officers, and the design of human environments for both inmates and staff. It will be good for the profession if psychological expertise could also be directed at the organisation, with the aim of assisting in organisational change, job redesign, and human resource policy. Furthermore, recent developments in organisational psychology, particularly in the area of training and career development, have considerable relevance to the traditional work of forensic psychologists at the individual level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996


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