| Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. |
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
Director of MCJ Program
Tucker House, 102
610-282-1100 ext. 1445
- Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University
- Master's degree in criminal justice from DeSales University
- Master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Master's in clinical psychology from Duquesne University
- B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Northern Arizona University
Besides teaching, Dr. Ramsland is a bestselling and award-winning writer. She has published 54 nonfiction books, 16 short stories, 3 novels, and more than 1,000 articles on serial killers, criminal investigation, and criminal psychology, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Among her books are The Ivy League Killer, The Sex Beast, Psychopath, The Devil’s Dozen, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The CSI Effect, The Forensic Science of CSI, The Devil’s Dozen: How Cutting-edge Forensics Took Down Twelve Notorious Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Healthcare Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers, The Human Predator: A Historical Chronology of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Criminal Mind: A Writers' Guide to Forensic Psychology, and The Mind of a Murderer: Privileged Access to the Demons that Drive Extreme Violence.
She has done research for famed criminal profiler and former chief of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, John Douglas. With Dr. Henry C. Lee and his lab director, Elaine Pagliaro, Dr. Ramsland wrote the course text, The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist. With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she co-authored a book on his cases, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us, and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead, a collection of his cases of historical exhumations and forensic investigation.
Dr. Ramsland presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, social workers, probation/parole organizations, judges, and attorneys. Her observations on criminality have drawn USA Today, the Daily News, the Newark Star Ledger, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers for commentary. She has consulted for episodes of CSI and Bones, and has participated on numerous documentaries for CBS, ABC, A&E, ID, the History Channel, E!, WE, and Court TV, as well as programs abroad. For the ID series, “American Occult” and “Twisted,” she is the recurring expert. She writes a blog for the Psychology Today website.
Psychology Today blog, “Shadow Boxing”:
Courses taught at DeSales
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Psychological Sleuthing
- Dangerous Minds: The Psychology of Antisocial Behavior
- Psychological Logic
- Introduction to Psychology
- Behavioral Criminology
- Forensic Science and the Courtroom
- Survey of Forensic Science
- The psychology of the courtroom
- The psychology of death investigation
- Serial killers
- Medical Investigator
- Psychology Autopsy
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice Alumni Association
- American Academy of Forensic Scientists
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Society for the Investigation of Cold Cases
- Cyril Wecht Institute, Board