1 hr 3 min

Applying psychology to the legal system | with forensic psychologist Dr. Nicole Vienna Psych Mic

    • Social Sciences

Nicole Vienna, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist  specializing in forensic and neuropsychological evaluations. She completed her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University - California School of Forensic Studies and her bachelor's at the University of Arizona.

She is currently the CEO and clinical director of her private practice, Vienna Psychological Group, which collaborates with clients across multiple facets of forensic evaluation services. they provide detailed assessments used in legal proceedings and case development for both criminal and civil issues affecting adults and juveniles. They also conduct screenings for employment in public safety to determine if a candidate is a suitable fit for the psychological demands of the position. In addition, they work closely with families and educators to evaluate learning disorders, behavior problems, intelligence and achievement, and other issues impacting academic performance.

Read more about Nicole's practice and training here.
Book referenced: Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology by John Norcross and Michael Sayette

In this episode, we cover:
What is forensic psychology?Do forensic psychologists always serve the court? What do you need to do to be called a “forensic psychologist”?How did Nicole land her internship if her PsyD was not APA accredited?Roadblocks in Nicole’s trainingWhy would you get a master’s in forensic psychology if it doesn’t lead to licensure?Why did you choose a PsyD over a PhD?Why did you major in sociology and criminal justice in undergrad instead of psychology?What was the biggest challenge you faced in graduate school?Tips on balance and time management in grad schoolDoctoral students are typically high-achievers. How do you advise them to embrace failure?Was it annoying to go through clinical experiences in grad school knowing you didn’t want to work in clinical settings?Why do forensic psychologists need to be clinical psychologists?What was it like to work at an inpatient psychiatric hospital during grad school?What was it like to work at a jail?What are important things to consider before working at a jail? A lot of people are drawn to it, but are scared.What does your day to day look like? What do evaluations look like?Do you work equally with the prosecution and the defense?What kinds of cases stick with you the most?What do you wish you knew before entering this field?Are there any practices in the criminal justice system you wish we would get rid of?What is one skill, quality, or general factor that has served you no matter where you went? Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

Music by: Adam Fine 

Nicole Vienna, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist  specializing in forensic and neuropsychological evaluations. She completed her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University - California School of Forensic Studies and her bachelor's at the University of Arizona.

She is currently the CEO and clinical director of her private practice, Vienna Psychological Group, which collaborates with clients across multiple facets of forensic evaluation services. they provide detailed assessments used in legal proceedings and case development for both criminal and civil issues affecting adults and juveniles. They also conduct screenings for employment in public safety to determine if a candidate is a suitable fit for the psychological demands of the position. In addition, they work closely with families and educators to evaluate learning disorders, behavior problems, intelligence and achievement, and other issues impacting academic performance.

Read more about Nicole's practice and training here.
Book referenced: Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology by John Norcross and Michael Sayette

In this episode, we cover:
What is forensic psychology?Do forensic psychologists always serve the court? What do you need to do to be called a “forensic psychologist”?How did Nicole land her internship if her PsyD was not APA accredited?Roadblocks in Nicole’s trainingWhy would you get a master’s in forensic psychology if it doesn’t lead to licensure?Why did you choose a PsyD over a PhD?Why did you major in sociology and criminal justice in undergrad instead of psychology?What was the biggest challenge you faced in graduate school?Tips on balance and time management in grad schoolDoctoral students are typically high-achievers. How do you advise them to embrace failure?Was it annoying to go through clinical experiences in grad school knowing you didn’t want to work in clinical settings?Why do forensic psychologists need to be clinical psychologists?What was it like to work at an inpatient psychiatric hospital during grad school?What was it like to work at a jail?What are important things to consider before working at a jail? A lot of people are drawn to it, but are scared.What does your day to day look like? What do evaluations look like?Do you work equally with the prosecution and the defense?What kinds of cases stick with you the most?What do you wish you knew before entering this field?Are there any practices in the criminal justice system you wish we would get rid of?What is one skill, quality, or general factor that has served you no matter where you went? Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.

Music by: Adam Fine 

1 hr 3 min