Info for Students

Info for Students

PhD Students

For information on completing a PhD in the IPRU, please email the IPRU student liaison at

Research Fields: Professor Salfati mentors students in the PhD program in Psychology & Law, and PhD program in Criminal Justice. For more information on our PhD programs please see HERE

Courses: Students in the PhD program are eligible to take all Masters-level courses below as electives. 

MA Students

For information on working with the IPRU as a Masters student, please contact the Master's Student Research Group (MSRG), or email the IPRU student liaison at

PSY746 Empirical Profiling Methods: This course deals with advanced issues relating to the empirical and scientific study, development and evaluation of offender profiling as an applied method for use in police investigations, as it is studied in the field of Investigative Psychology. The main psychological principles upon which offender profiling is based are outlined, including classification of criminal behavior, and behavioral change and consistency. The course will further build on this by focusing on methodological questions relating to classifying crime scene behaviors, linking behavioral types to offender characteristics, and linking serial offenses, and looking at profiling in the practical context of the investigative and legal system.

PSY748 Empirical Crime Scene Analysis: (Spring only) This class aims to introduce students to crime scene analysis and profiling research, using actual police crime files that are part of a collaborative research project between John Jay and the FBI, and will take them through the process of completing a research project from start to finish. This class provides an excellent basis for students to complete a thesis in the IPRU or PhD Studies, or for entrance in law enforcement. 

PSY794 Independent Study: Pre-requisite PSY746. 

PSY791 MA thesis in Investigative Psychology: Pre-requisites PSY746, PSY715, PSY737. Co-requisites: PSY738, PSY748. 

PSY791 MA thesis in Positive Psychology: Pre-requisites PSY715, PSY737. Co-requisites: PSY738. 

PSY798 IPRU Research Internships in Investigative Psychology: Pre-requisite PSY746. 

PSY770 Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being & Flourishing: Professionals in forensic psychology often work within challenging and high stress situations such as prisons, hospitals, law enforcement and the courts. It is well documented that professionals within these fields often suffer high levels of stress, exhaustion and burnout due to the emotional nature of their jobs. Practitioners in these fields therefore need high levels of resilience skills and resources in order to withstand the demands of these types of careers, protect their own well-being. Positive Psychology is the science of promoting well-being and optimized lives. This course will focus on key skills that allow students to become resilient and positive practitioners, with a tool kit of skills that will allow them to have a positive impact on work with clients and organizations. 

Work-Study: Positions are available for students on the Work-Study scheme

Research Assistant positions: Available to John Jay students only. Unfortunately, there are no RA positions or internships available to students outside of John Jay. 

Undergraduate Students

PSY425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology. Special Topic: Investigative Psychology. This course will deal with the topic of Investigative Psychology – how we apply psychological methods to criminal investigations, such as behavioral crime scene analysis (offender profiling) and linking serial crimes. It will focus on the real science behind TV series such as Criminal Minds. 

Work-Study: Positions are available for students on the Work-Study scheme. 

Research: Research positions are available for BA/MA students only (see more details in above MA section). If you are an undergraduate student at John Jay and want to get involved in research, see the Undergraduate Research Experience Program, speak to the Academic Advisor about doing research as part of your undergraduate Honors Program, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).