Dean of the faculty – Nicolay V. Dvoriantchikov, PhD, Assist. Professor

The Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology was established at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education in 2004. The basis of the Faculty is the agreement between the University and the Serbsky National Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Apart from traditional branches of psychology in its interrelation with law – criminal, forensic, penitentiary psychology – special attention is paid to the psychological problems of children, adolescents and their families in the legal context, as well as to the issues of forensic clinical psychology. These features, along with the strong practical orientation, make up the unique character of the Faculty.


  • Chair of Legal Psychology. Chairperson – Prof. R.V.Chirkina, PhD.
  • Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Chairperson – Prof. F.S. Safuanov, PhD.
  • Chair of Mediation in Social Sphere. Chairperson – C.A. Shamlikashvili, PhD.

The following educational programs are realized at the Faculty:

Bachelor’s program

030300 – Psychology (4 years)
Chair of Legal Psychology

Specialist’s program

050407 – Pedagogy and Psychology of deviant behaviour (5 years)
Specialty – Psychological and pedagogical prevention of deviant behaviour
Chair of Legal Psychology

030401 – Clinical Psychology (5,5 years)
Specialty – Pathopsychological diagnostic and psychotherapy
Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology

Master’s programs (2 years)

030300.68 – Psychology
Master’s program “Juvenile Legal and Forensic Psychology”
Head – Prof. E.G. Dozortseva

The aim of the program is education of high qualified psychologists working with children, adolescents and their families in legally relevant situations. Graduates possess knowledge of developmental psychology, child psychology, family psychology, legal and forensic psychology, legal regulation concerning children. They are trained in methods of research and practical technologies of prevention, psychological support, forensic expertise, rehabilitation and psychological counseling. Masters’ professional competencies are required in institutions of education, social welfare, justice, police, criminal investigation and in municipal organizations.

030300.68 – Psychology
Master’s program “Forensic Psychology: Forensic Expert Practice”
Head – Prof. F.S. Safuanov

The program is aimed at the professional training of specialists possessing broad scope of competencies, working in the interdisciplinary sphere of psychology, psychiatry, criminal and civil law. They should be able to carry out research and practical work in institutions of healthcare, law enforcement organizations and other agencies in the legal role of forensic expert, specialists or consultant.

050400.68 – Psychology
Master’s program “Mediation in Social Sphere”
Head – Prof. C.A. Shamlikashvili

The aim of the program is training of high qualified mediators able to solve conflicts in families, schools (between representatives of the administration, teachers, students and parents), in the system of high education; in forensic practice; in the sphere of defense of consumers’ and other civil rights; in work with children and adolescents with deviant behaviour, juvenile offenders; in the sphere of social care and guardianship. Experienced teachers with scientific degrees, participating in the program educational process, are involved in practical and research activities in the respective spheres.

Post-graduate course
19.00.06 – specialty “Legal and Forensic Psychology”

Educational process

Education plan includes fundamental disciplines (general psychology, clinical psychology, legal and forensic psychology, law), advanced study of developmental, social psychology, psychological counseling and psychotherapy, as well as of many other special subjects. Mastering the education program presupposes practical training conducted in the Serbsky National Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, Social Rehabilitative Center “Krasnoselsky”, human rights advocating organization “Soprotivlenie”, departments of the Ministry of the Internal, penitentiary institutions and other organizations. The leading specialists in the field of legal, forensic, clinical, developmental psychology take part in the teaching at the Faculty.

Where graduates work

As specialists in the field of legal and forensic psychology the Faculty graduates are able to work in

  • Institutions of education and social spheres
  • State institutions performing forensic expertise
  • Psychological counseling services
  • Legal institutions
  • Institutions of healthcare
  • Law enforcement services

The graduates are capable of performing a wide range of tasks in research, practical and educational work, in particular

  • Psychodiagnostics and personality assessment for research, expertise and counseling
  • Psychological and clinical psychological forensic expertise and counseling in criminal and civil legal processes including children’s rights advocacy
  • Psychological treatment for individuals and groups suffering from emotional, sexual disorders, drug addiction and other psychiatric problems
  • Psychological support for specialists working in the legal sphere.

Address: Sretenka, 29, Moscow
Tel.: (499) 259-01-94; (499) 256-60-55; (495) 632-99-97
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