Juror Justifier

Vanessa EdkinsDr. Vanessa Edkins is a professor in the Forensic Psychology program and is involved in research that varies from jurors to plea bargaining. Through her research, she attempts to discover the fundamentals of our world.

Learn more about Dr. Edkins in her Florida Tech Faculty Profile.

Forensic Expert Witness

Julie CostopoulosDr. Julie Costopoulos previously served as the senior forensic psychologist for the Sexually Violent Predator Program of Florida. Get to know her; she is the Undergraduate Psychology Internship Director and places many students into future careers!

Learn more about Dr. Costopoulos in her Florida Tech Faculty Profile. 

Florida Tech Commons

Florida Tech Commons is home to the School of Psychology and the newly established Center for Student Success!

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Florida Tech is One of the Only Forensic Psychology Schools

Gain Expertise in Legal System Disciplines and Child Advocacy

Florida Tech is one of the only forensic psychology schools in the nation. In fact, its forensic psychology degree program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in the state of Florida.

At the intersection of psychology and the legal system, the program provides students with a strong forensic emphasis in a private school atmosphere of small classes and close interaction with faculty, which other forensic psychology schools may not offer. Students benefit from a robust array of internship options, faculty-led research programs and applied research projects through partnerships with the FBI and other agencies.

Small Classes – Personalized Attention

Other forensic psychology schools might not offer the close-knit culture that gives students a chance to work closely with their professors. Students are matched with a faculty advisor who not only assists with selecting courses during their time at Florida Tech, but also offers guidance for career and/or graduate school opportunities. In addition, professors invite students to participate on faculty research teams after they complete their research methods coursework, which is of particular value to students intending to apply to graduate school.

Experts in Clinical, Social and Criminological Psychology

Professors in this department represent various psychology disciplines and legal systems, providing students broad exposure to the field. We have academics and practitioner experts in areas such as clinical, experimental, social, criminological, industrial-organizational and multicultural areas, all with a wide variety of research and practitioner areas of expertise – something you might not find at other forensic psychology schools.

Specialization in Child Advocacy

Unlike other forensic psychology schools, Florida Tech offers a specialization in child advocacy. Focusing on ethical, realistic and culturally sensitive content, this program is of interest to forensic, ABA and clinical psychology students who plan to work with children. Students learn about the various disciplinary responses to child maltreatment and will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most efficient responses.

Internship Opportunities

Not all forensic psychology schools offer internships, as does Florida Tech does. All forensic psychology majors complete an internship during the senior year with direct experience in the field. Each experience is different, but all require students to gather information and data to present as a formal research project in a university-wide research colloquium. Internship experiences may occur at local police agencies, state attorney's office, public defender's office, the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) or NCIS.

Great Florida Location

In terms of location, most forensic psychology schools simply cannot compete with Florida Tech. Our 130-acre Florida Tech campus is charming and boasts the picturesque Botanical Gardens, a 15-acre tropical archive of Florida's native exotic palm trees and other flora and fauna, which thrive in the subtropical weather. The campus' location on the Space Coast puts it close to Atlantic Ocean beaches, Indian River Lagoon, Kennedy Space Center and Orlando's theme park attractions.