Institute for Forensic Psychology

October 5, 2016

Greater Transparency Urged for

The purpose of the Forensic Psychology Research Institute (FPRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), is to create and foster research opportunities in forensic psychology for qualified faculty and students so that they may acquire and enhance their research skills and capabilities. The FPRI funds research undertaken by psychology faculty and graduate students.


1) Faculty Researchers: Any member of the John Jay College Psychology faculty who is conducting research addressing an issue appropriate to the field of Forensic Psychology is eligible to apply. The research project must engage students as research assistants.

2) Student Researchers: Any John Jay College Forensic Psychology master’s student (with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.) completing a master’s thesis or any student in CUNY’s doctoral program in Forensic Psychology completing a first doctoral exam or dissertation project may apply for FPRI support.

3) Faculty/Student Collaborators: Faculty and students working together as research collaborators are eligible to apply. The research must address an issue appropriate to the field of Forensic Psychology and the nature of the collaboration must be described in detail in the proposal, with the roles of the student and faculty member clearly defined. Collaborative grants cannot be used to fund dissertation research or dissertation-related pilot studies.


The main purpose of the FPRI is to provide seed money for reasonable research expenses related to faculty research projects, master’s theses, first doctoral exams, and doctoral dissertations. It is hoped that FPRI funds for faculty research will be used for pilot or foundational work to assist in the preparation of applications for external funding.

Reasonable research expenses include participant fees, costs of materials and measures, other specialized research-related equipment, and/or faculty release time.


  • Overall Budget. • Each faculty member may receive up to $10, 000 per academic year in support from FPRI. This includes all proposals submitted as an individual faculty and faculty/student collaborations. Individual faculty proposals will be capped at $5, 000 per project.
  • Doctoral students may request up to $1, 500 to support research for their first doctoral examination and doctoral dissertation.
  • Master’s students will be able to request up to $750 to support their Master’s thesis research.
  • Travel. Funding requests for travel associated with FPRI funded research will be considered for first author accepted conference papers and/or poster presentations. Travel funds for faculty and students will be capped at $500 per academic year and will not be counted toward the overall FPRI annual budget allocation. Proposals for travel should include an abstract of the project funded by the FPRI, discussion of the applicant’s benefits of attending and presenting at the conference, the applicant’s need for the award, and a copy of the conference program listing the presentation. Travel awards will be provided in the form of reimbursement, based upon receipts submitted.
  • Exclusions. The FPRI will not fund student requests for Research Assistant (RA) or data entry funds or requests for computers, laptops, and/or other related computer equipment including computer related software and programs. Should a student or faculty member request funding for specialized computer software and/or program(s), the psychology department will have sole ownership and such programs will be utilized through the department computer laboratory where all faculty and students have access.


The FPRI is governed by a Steering Committee that consists of seven members: the Founder of the FPRI; John Jay College of Criminal Justice President, Dean of Research, Psychology Department Chair, Forensic Psychology Master’s Program Director, and two appointed psychology department faculty members. A subcommittee of the Steering Committee, the Proposal Review Committee, appointed by the Dean of Research and including the FPRI Director, will make final funding decisions. The FPRI Director will coordinate the application and review process and prepare annual reports for the Steering Committee. The current FPRI Director is Cathy Spatz Widom, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

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