Louis Schlesinger
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10.63.07 NB
1975 PhD New School of Social Research, New York
Louis B. Schlesinger, PhD is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology,  a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Schlesinger served as President of the New Jersey Psychological Association in 1989; he was the 1990 recipient of the New Jersey Psychological Association's "Psychologist of the Year" Award, as well as the American Psychological Association's Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award (1993). He was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey and the Commissioner of Corrections to be a member (and later chair) of the Special Classification Review Board at the State's forensic facility for sex offenders; he was also appointed (2001) by the President of the New Jersey Senate and Acting Governor to serve as a member of a Senate Task Force that re-wrote Megan's Law. Dr. Schlesinger is co-principal investigator in a joint research project with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit studying sexual and serial murder, rape, bias homicide, suicide-by-cop, and other extraordinary crimes. He has had extensive clinical experience, testifying in numerous trials, and has published many articles, chapters, and ten books on the topics of homicide, sexual homicide, and criminal psychopathology.
JJC Affiliations
Courses Taught

Psychological Profiles of the Homicidal Offender, Psychological Research and Crime Scene Analysis, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Psychopathology and Criminal Behavior

Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, Society for Personality Assessment
Scholarly Work


Schlesinger, L.B., 2004, Sexual Murder: Catathymic and Compulsive Homicides, CRC Press

Schlesinger, L.B., ed., 2017, Psychiatric Aspects of Criminal Behavior: The Collected Papers of Eugene Revitch, Charles C. Thomas


Schlesinger, L.B., et al, in press, "Foreign Object Insertions in Sexual Homicide," International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Schlesinger, L.B., et al, 2017, "'Undoing' (or Symbolic Reversal) at Homicide Crime Scenes," Journal of Forensic Sciences

Schlesinger, L.B., et al, 2014, "Crime Scene Staging in Homicide," Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Honors and Awards
Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award (APA), Psychologist of the Year (New Jersey Psychological Association), Distinguished Researcher Award (New Jersey Psychological Association)
Research Summary

Dr. Schlesinger's research involves extraordinary crimes, including serial and non-serial sexual murder, rape, homicide, mass murder and crime scene behavior. He is involved in a major research project with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit studying the afore-mentioned subjects.