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Katherine Ramsland, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Inaugural Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence, Professor Emerita

McFadden Room, Trexler Library

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology and is the inaugural Director for the Center for Teaching Excellencec. She created the forensic track in the psychology program and assisted to create the online Master of Arts degree in criminal justice.  She has appeared on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 68 books, including How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and The Mind of a Murderer, she worked with the BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader on his autobiography. Dr. Ramsland currently pens the “Shadow-boxing” blog at Psychology Today and teaches seminars on extreme offenders to death investigators and homicide detectives. She came to DeSales specifically to teach forensic psychology, focusing on her field of expertise—extreme offenders. Having experienced the excitement of forensic psychology, she hopes to show students how to find and prepare for its many opportunities.


MFA, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA, 2021
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
American Association of Suicidology
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

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