In 2014, I became board certified in my specialty area of forensic psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). I am one of only a handful of board certified forensic psychologists in Illinois.
What does ABPP certification mean?
It means my knowledge and skills meet rigorous, peer-reviewed standards specific to the practice of forensic psychology. These include strategies for interviewing a defendant or plaintiff, writing forensic reports, and—when needed—testifying in court or at a deposition.
What does it involve?
Becoming board certified is a demanding process that only a fraction of licensed psychologists pursue. It involves taking an extensive written examination, submitting work samples, and sitting for a three-hour oral examination conducted by a panel of clinicians who are board certified in the area being assessed. For more information about the process, see ABPP’s infographic.
Why does it matter?
Board certification helps provide assurance of my specialty area competence; not all who practice forensic psychology have demonstrated standards-based proficiency relative to this specific field. It shows my commitment to education and remaining on the cutting edge of research and law. And, it gives me access to the expertise and experiences of other board certified psychologists equally dedicated to excellence as researchers and practitioners.