Welcome - from the President

Steven K. Erickson, JD, PhD, LLM, ABPP


Welcome to the information portal of the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP), a specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). We are a small, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that establishes and maintains standards and qualifications for practitioners, researchers and consultants working at the intersection of psychology and law. We certify psychologists who demonstrate a high level of maturity and competence in this specialty area. Accordingly, our specialty certification has been recognized not only by judicial decisions but also by statutes and regulations in many jurisdictions as the standard for competency in the professional practice of forensic psychology.


Just over 300 psychologists in North America are board-certified by ABPP as forensic specialists. All have passed rigorous examination procedures, including but not limited to an in-depth, three-hour oral examination conducted by a panel of seasoned forensic specialists. All ABPP forensic specialists are invited to become fellows of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP), the academic arm of ABFP that also promotes high standards of specialized forensic practice, research and consultation. As AAFP fellows, all ABFP specialists have a unique opportunity to regularly communicate with and learn from their peers via a closed listserv. Many offer AAFP continuing education workshops designed to enhance competence across a variety of areas of forensic psychology.


I am honored and privileged to serve as the 2017 president of this distinguished and dedicated group of professional psychologists. In the upcoming year and beyond I will strive to carry out the ABFP mission in its entirety. Please contact me or any of our officers if you have any questions about forensic psychology, our organization, or the board certification process.




Steven K. Erickson, JD, PhD, LLM, ABPP

President, American Board of Forensic Psychology


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