Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor

Charles Honts


The use of criminal profiling as an investigative tool has been increasing over the past 50 years worldwide. While it was originally used only to assist police investigations, this technique transitioned into an essential process as an admissible form of expert witness evidence (Kocsis & Palermo, 2016). The validity of the concept has been evolving along the 50 year timeline as well (Kocsis, Middledorp, & Karpin, 2008). The purpose of this study is to synthesize the research about criminal profiling, interview environments and procedures, and psychological variables (e.g. personality traits/disorders). I plan to find additional factors in the profiling process to help solidify the techniques used in criminal profiling. It will be analyzing if there are any procedural or conceptual flaws in criminal profiling as a whole, as well as any limitations there might be. This will provide new insight to criminal profiling through connecting ideas and finding the gaps in the literature.