Police and public safety psychology

Police and public safety psychology includes the assessment of candidates for law enforcement and other public safety positions, assessment of incumbent personnel, and services to maintain satisfactory functioning among incumbent personnel.

Dr. King's lab studies preemployment psychological screenings for police officer candidates, including multicultural issues and structured professional judgement approaches.


Recent representative police and public safety psychology presentations:

Gonzalez, K., Weeks, C., Stettler, B., King, C. M., & Rafanello, N. (2020, November 5–7). Race and self-reported background problems in an urban police preemployment screening sample [Poster presentation]. Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference. https://www.policepsychology.org/SPCP-Online-2020

Stettler, B., Meyers, M., King, C. M., & Rafanello, N. (2020, November 5–7). Predicting outcomes in psychological police preemployment screening using local urban norms [Poster presentation]. Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference. https://www.policepsychology.org/SPCP-Online-2020

Grove, L., Del Pozzo, J., Stettler, B., King, C. M., & Rafanello, N. (2020, November 5–7). A partial replication of the ability of the PAI and CPI to postdict self-reported background problems and predict stable–suitable recommendations in psychological police preemployment screening [Poster presentation]. Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference. https://www.policepsychology.org/SPCP-Online-2020

Rafanello, N., & King, C. (2020, October 21–23). Local norms in a police applicant sample: Expanding multicultural considerations in an urban sample [Conference workshop session]. International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.

Rafanello, N., King, C. M., Rodrigues, A., Brady, R., Ceballo, D., Lopez, A., & Stettler, B. (2019, September). Multicultrually sensitive and reliable pre-employment psychological examinations in an urban police force [Symposium session]. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, Scottsdale, AZ.

Rafanello, N., & King, C. M. (2018, August). Review of executive functioning and police and public safety work: The need for empirical data. In N. Rafanello (Chair), Executive functioning and police and public safety psychology. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

King, C. M., Rafanello, N., Brady, R., & Del Pozzo, J. (2018, August). Police applicants and self-report indicators of executive functioning. In N. Rafanello (Chair), Executive functioning and police and public safety psychology. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Del Pozzo, J., Rafanello, N., King, C. M., & Brady, R. (2018, August). Police applicants and performance-based measures of executive functioning. In N. Rafanello (Chair), Executive functioning and police and public safety psychology. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Rafanello, N., & King, C. M. (2018, August). Executive functioning and law enforcement: Future directions for practice and research. In N. Rafanello (Chair), Executive functioning and police and public safety psychology. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.