C. Gabrielle Salfati

C. Gabrielle Salfati

Professor of Psychology


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 a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Investigative Psychology Research Unit at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her 25+ year career to date has been focused on serving the law enforcement and mental health practitioner community.

She has developed and spearheaded initiatives to prioritize best practice in translation of scientific evidence to be applicable in practice through the development of practitioner-focused training, and trains law enforcement officers, crime analysts, forensic psychologists and other criminal justice and mental health professionals.

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 behavior. Her main areas of expertise relates to how psychology is applied to police investigations, in particular with reference to behavioral crime scene analysis, offender profiling, and linking serial crime. All of her work has focused on developing evidence-based practice tools for law enforcement and the crime analysis field, specifically as it pertains to behavioral analysis, has been done in collaboration with law enforcement agencies internationally.

Her work in the field of Positive Psychology focuses on the development of resilience training and burnout, compassion fatigue, PTSD and suicide prevention for law enforcement, first responders, mental health professionals, academics, teachers, students, and many other groups. She also leads major research programs on the evaluation of resilience training programs to support wellness and prevent burnout in law enforcement, first-responders and mental health professionals.

She has worked closely with the FBI, NYPD, South Africa Police and the UK police, and numerous other criminal justice agencies, and has completed two separate Visiting Fellowships in 2010 to Bramshill Police College in the UK and in 2016 to the UK College of Policing where she was involved in leadership training and research on decision making and behavioral analysis.

She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including Outstanding Contribution to the Field awarded by the International Association of Investigative Psychology, as well as teaching and mentoring awards, and training delivery awards relating to innovation in developing best-practice online teaching techniques.

JJC Affiliations

PhD Psychology & Law, PhD Criminal Justice, MA Forensic Psychology, MA Forensic Mental Health Counselling, MA International Criminal Justice, BA Forensic Psychology

Course Taught

For full description of all courses taught, please see https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/ipru/info-for-students

PhD Level Courses
PhD Psychology & Law
PhD Criminal Justice

MA Level Courses
PSY770 Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being & Flourishing
PSY746 Empirical Profiling Methods
PSY748 Empirical Crime Scene Analysis
PSY798 Faculty Mentored Research
PSY794 Independent Study
PSY791 MA thesis​

Undergraduate Courses
PSY425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology: Special Topic - Positive Psychology
PSY425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology: Special Topic - Investigative Psychology

Languages spoken/fluent in

English and French

Scholarly Work

Research Summary

For more information see https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/ipru/research

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

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

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Resilience and law enforcement wellness & health
  • Offender profiling and law enforcement & crime analysis training
  • Linking serial crimes and law enforcement & crime analysis training
Online Presence
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