Wednesday, September 14, 2011

All in the Mind - Profiling the criminal profilers - the inside story

This is an excellent episode of All in the Mind with Natasha Mitchell - she looks here at forensic psychology, better known as behavioral anaylsis, or profiling. I have always been fascinated with this realm of psychology. When I used to watch television, Criminal Minds was one of my favorite shows.

Profiling the criminal profilers - the inside story

Criminal profiling has captured the pop culture psyche - from CSI to The Silence of the Lambs, with star forensic psychologists who have an uncanny knack for getting inside the criminal mind. But what's profiling like in the real world - and does it really work?
Show Transcript


Detective Senior Sergeant Deb Bennett
Behavioural Analysis Unit, Victoria Police

Professor James Ogloff
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Michael Davis
Clinical Forensic Psychologist in private practice
Research Fellow
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Monash University, Australia.

Associate Professor Wayne Petherick
Private profiler
Associate Professor of Criminology
Bond University, Queensland, Australia

Professor Craig Jackson
Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University, UK

Further Information

All in the Mind presenter Natasha Mitchell on Twitter
All in the Mind blog


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Author: Bennett, D.
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Title: Against the medical-psychological tradition of understanding serial killing by studying the killers: the case of BTK
Author: Professor David Wilson, Professor Craig Jackson and Dr Baljit Rana
Publisher: Amicus Journal, Issue 22 (2010)

Title: The usefulness of criminal profiling
Author: Craig Jackson; David Wilson; Baljit Kaur Rana
Publisher: Criminal Justice Matters (2011)

Title: Criminal investigative analysis in the Australian context
Author: Michael Davis, Deb Bennett
Publisher: InPsych, December 2006, Australian Psychological Society

Presenter: Natasha Mitchell

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