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Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.


Dr. Katherine Ramsland created the forensic track in the psychology program and assisted to create the online Master of Arts degree in criminal justice. She has published more than 1,000 articles, blogs, book chapters, and reviews, as well as 60 books. She came to DeSales specifically to teach forensic psychology, focusing on her field of expertise—extreme offenders. Having experienced the excitement of this area of psychology, she hopes to show students how to find and prepare for its many opportunities. Even among forensic psychology programs, the subjects that students can take here are unique. Ramsland has taken students on an anthropological dig, exposed them to historical exhumations, introduced them to renowned forensic professionals, and offered opportunities to be involved in her research and writing.


MA, Criminal Justice, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA, 2012
MA, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY, 2000 
Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1984
MA, Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1979
BA, Psychology/Philosophy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1978

Professional Affiliations

    American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice Alumni Association
    Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy
    Cyril Wecht Institute, Board

Courses taught at DeSales University

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychological Sleuthing
  • Dangerous Minds
  • The Psychology of Fear
  • Psychological Logic
  • Behavioral Criminology
  • Introduction to Profiling
  • Forensic Science in the Courtroom
  • Survey of Forensic Science
  • Independent Research

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