Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology / Crisis Response (BS Entry)
Walden University

Program Details

First responders, law enforcement officials, and their families often face the effects of crises and post-traumatic stress. Walden University offers a PhD in Forensic Psychology with advanced training in Crisis Response to help these individuals work through difficult situations and emotions.

Trained Crisis Response professionals can help lead officer selection and training, stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, hostage negotiations, and selection of special operations officers. Students will learn how to work directly with victims and first responders to guide them through stress management and coping strategies. This online Forensic Psychology degree program has two tracks: Track I is available to students with a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology; Track II is a pathway for students with a master’s degree in an unrelated field. 

Class topics offered within this specialization include:

  • Police psychology
  • Disaster, crisis, and trauma
  • Stress and coping
  • Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota