C. Gabrielle Salfati

C. Gabrielle Salfati

Gabrielle Salfati
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Department of Psychology, Office NB10.63.21, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY


1998   PhD Psychology,   University of Liverpool, UK

1994   MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

1993   BA (Hons.) Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK



Gabrielle Salfati is the Director of the Investigative Psychology Research Unit (IPRU). She is part of the first group of people who emerged within the new field of Investigative Psychology, and was instrumental in its development as an international research field on the empirical analysis of violent criminal behaviour, in particular the advancement of the science of offender profiling and linking serial crimes. Her main areas of expertise relate to the methodology of research in offender profiling and linking serial crimes, specifically with a focus on interpersonal violence and victimization patterns in homicide and violent sexual crimes. This work is being developed within an international framework through collaboration with law enforcement agencies internationally. She has presented and published widely both nationally and internationally on her work, and provides training to law enforcement, crime analysts, clinicians, and other criminal justice professionals internationally.

JJC Affiliations

Academic Programs: PhD Psychology & Law, PhD Criminal Justice, MA Forensic Psychology, MA Forensic Mental Health Counselling, MA International Criminal Justice, BA Forensic Psychology, Research Centers: Academy of Critical Incident Analysis

Professional Memberships

International Association for Investigative Psychology, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Course Taught

For full description of all courses taught, please see HERE

PhD Dissertation supervision, PhD Psychology & Law

PhD Dissertation supervision, PhD Criminal Justice

PSY746 Empirical Profiling Methods

PSY748 Empirical Crime Scene Analysis

PSY798 IPRU Research Internships in Investigative Psychology

PSY770 Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being & Flourishing

PSY794 Independent Study

PSY791 MA thesis

PSY425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology: Special Topic - Investigative Psychology (undergraduate)

Languages spoken/fluent in

Bilingual English & French. Spoken Italian, Swedish, Danish, German.

Scholarly Work

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Contribution to the Field, International Association of Investigative Psychology (2010), John Jay College Research Excellence Award (2006 & 2007), Donald EJ MacNamara Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award (2005), Forensic Psychology Research Mentoring Excellence Award (2009 & 2012), John Jay College Inaugural Outstanding Online Teaching Award (2013)

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Law Enforcement / Policing / Police-Community Relations
Sexual Violence / Intimate Partner Violence

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Crime scene analysis, offender profiling, linking serial crimes, homicide and sexual violent crimes

Online Presence
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