Welcome - from the President

Michael H. Fogel, PsyD, ABPP


It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the information portal of the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP), one of the American Board of Professional Psychology’s (ABPP) specialty boards. Forensic Psychology is a distinct specialty within psychology where psychologists engage in the professional practice of providing psychological expertise to a court of law.


The mission of the ABFP is to protect the consumer of forensic psychological services by (1) establishing, promoting, and revising, as necessary, standards and qualifications for those who practice forensic psychology; and (2) certifying as ABFP board certified forensic specialists those voluntary applicants who qualify under the standards established by ABFP.


Board certification in forensic psychology by ABPP has been recognized by judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes in some jurisdictions as the standard for competency in the professional practice of forensic psychology. Successful candidates must have accumulated one thousand hours of qualifying experience in forensic psychology over a minimum of a four year period, received one hundred hours of qualifying specialized training in forensic psychology, passed an examination that focuses on eight forensic areas, submitted two practice samples for review by Board Certified Examiners, and passed a three-hour oral examination by Board Certified Examiners.


The conferral of the Diploma in Forensic Psychology from ABPP attests that the recipient has undergone a rigorous, comprehensive peer review process and that “an established organization of peers has certified the Specialist as possessing a high level of professional competence and maturity, with the ability to articulate an explicit and coherent rationale for his or her work in forensic psychology.”


As an ABPP board certified forensic psychologist, you may join the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and participate in their listserv, offering the opportunity to communicate with others who have achieved this distinguished certification. The mission of AAFP is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice by (1) operating a continuing education program in forensic psychology, (2) providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and (3) conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners of forensic psychology. 


AAFP is an American Psychological Association approved sponsor of professional continuing education workshops. Information regarding AAFP’s continuing education workshops can be found here.


If you are seeking a board certified forensic psychologist, you may search our directory here.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any officer of the ABFP board whose contact information is available here.




Michael H. Fogel, PsyD, ABPP

President, American Board of Forensic Psychology


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