Kean Students Investigate Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology 2

Invitation posted on the club’s Facebook profile inviting all students join the group.

By Marco Rodriguez

If you’ve ever watched an episode of CSI or Law and Order, you are sure to have seen Forensic Psychologists in action. This field, which combines law and psychology, has arrived at Kean University in the form of a new club, The Forensic Psychology Club.

The club, which began last semester, provides students in depth knowledge in the field of forensic psychology and exposes them to what real life forensic psychologists do. Brianna Prestigiacomo, the club’s President, believes the club is a helpful introduction for those considering entering the field.

“The club gives students the privilege to get a feel for the study if they are unsure and not ready to commit to taking any courses just yet,” said Prestigiacomo.

Some the many activities that the students will be exposed to include a visit from a professional death scene investigator, in addition to an optional trip to view an autopsy. Furthermore, Prestigiacomo is looking into having the club reach out the community and do volunteer work.

They have already begun trying to meet this goal, by partnering with the Jersey Cares organization to do a winter coat drive until the end of the semester.  It’s opportunities like these, which have Prestigiacomo believing that students will enjoy participating in the club.

“I do not want this club to just be another meeting students feel that they have to go to,” Prestigiacomo said. “I would like it to be enjoyable and I think that it will be easily obtainable this semester.”

The club meets on Mondays and Thursdays every other week at 3:30 p.m. in room 111 on the East Campus. Students interested in joining the club can sign up via Cougar Link or by emailing Prestigiacomo at fpsychology@kean.edu. All Kean University students are welcome to join the club to explore this field further.

“Even though the club’s title is Forensic Psychology, any major can join,” Prestigiacomo said. “I am the first one to agree that joining a club, not knowing anyone, can be intimidating, but I assure anyone that is thinking about joining that it will be a lot of fun and a great experience.”

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