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Criminal Psychology
History, Practice, Research, and the Future
by Jacqueline B. Helfgott and Beck M. Strah
April 2024, 230pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7174-0
$75, £58, 66€, A103
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7175-7
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One facet of criminal psychology known as criminal profiling began when U.S. government officials in the 1940s asked esteemed psychiatrist Walter C. Langer to create a profile of Adolf Hitler.

Presents a comprehensive overview of an increasingly in-demand psychological specialty.

Designed to be strong in research and case studies yet relatively compact, books in the Essentials of Psychology and Health series provide a comprehensive introduction to a subfield in one of the disciplines. In this book, Jacqueline Helfgott, professor and director at the Settle University Department of Criminal Justice, is joined by doctoral candidate Beck M. Strah to present an understanding of criminal psychology.

The text first addresses history, perspectives, and theories of the field, and then explains practices, procedures, outcomes, core obstacles, and controversies. Case studies illustrate criminal psychology in practice. Classic as well as new and emerging research is included. A final section focuses on advances on the horizon and future needs for the field. The back matter includes a glossary of criminal psychology terms, resource list, and bibliography.


  • Sidebars spotlight facts specific to chapter topics
  • Case studies illustrate concepts
  • A glossary presents key terms in the field
  • A resource list provides descriptions and contact information for related organizations and agencies
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, is professor and director at the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice. She also serves on the Seattle Police Department Crisis Intervention Committee, and is a volunteer with Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of psychopathy. She is author of Criminal Behavior (2008) and Offender Reentry (2013), and editor of Criminal Psychology, 4 volumes (Praeger, 2013). Often sought by media, she has been interviewed by CNN, NBC News, Associated Press, Court TV, The Seattle Times, The Guardian, Daily Express London, Oregon Public Radio, and Cox News, among others.

Beck M. Strah, MA, is a PhD candidate in the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice.
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