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C. Gabrielle Salfati

C. Gabrielle Salfati

C. Gabrielle Salfati is currently Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she directs the Investigative Psychology Research Unit (IPRU). She is part of the first group of people who emerged within the new field of Investigative Psychology, and was instrumental in its development as an international research field on the empirical analysis of violent criminal behaviour, in particular the advancement of the science of offender profiling. Her main areas of expertise relate to the methodology of research in offender profiling and linking serial crimes, specifically with a focus on homicide and violent sexual crimes. This work is being developed within an international framework through collaboration with law enforcement agencies internationally. She has presented and published widely both nationally and internationally on her work, and provides training to law enforcement, crime analysts and other criminal justice professionals internationally.
She was previously at the Centre for investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool in the UK until 2003, where she held the positions of Director of the MSc in Forensic Behavioral Science and Associate Director of the MSc in Investigative Psychology.
Her main areas of expertise are homicide and sexual offences, in particular with reference to offender profiling, classifications of violent crime, linking serial crime, and cross-cultural comparisons. She is currently working on a number of interrelated projects dealing with various facets of violent crime and deviance.
She is the Vice-President of the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG), is a Fellow of the International Association of Investigative Psychology, and Associate Editor on a number of academic journals.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Bateman, A. L., & Salfati, C. G. (2007). An examination of behavioral consistency using individual behaviors or groups of behaviors in serial homicide. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25(4), 527-544.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2003). Offender interaction with victims in homicide: A multidimensional analysis of frequencies in crime scene behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(5), 490-512.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2000). Profiling homicide: A multidimensional approach. Homicide Studies, 4(3), 265-293.
  • Salfati, C. G., & Bateman, A. (2005). Serial homicide: An investigation of behavioral consistency. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 2(2), 121-144.
  • Salfati, C. G., & Canter, D. V. (1999). Differentiating stranger murders: Profiling offender characteristics from behavioral styles. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 17, 391-406.
  • Salfati, C. G., James, A. R., & Ferguson, L. (2008) Prostitution homicides: A descriptive study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(4), 505-543.
  • Salfati, C. G., & Taylor, P. (2006). Differentiating sexual violence: A comparison of sexual homicide and rape. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(2), 107-126.
  • Sorochinski, M., & Salfati, C. G. (2010). The consistency of inconsistency in serial homicide: Patterns of behavioral change across series. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 7, 109-136.
  • Trojan, C., & Salfati, C. G. (2009). Methodological considerations of determining dominance in multi-dimensional analyses of crime scene behaviors and offender characteristics. Special Issue: Debates and Critiques within Investigative Psychology (D. V. Canter, Ed.), Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 5(3), 125-146.

Other Publications:

  • Salfati, C. G. (in press). Research methods in offender profiling research. In B. Rosenfeld and S. Penrod (Eds.), Research Methods in Forensic Psychology. New York: Wiley.
  • Salfati, C. G. (in press). Profiling. In B. L. Cutler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2011). Serial crime: The psychology of behavioral consistency and applications to criminal careers and linking. In M. DeLisi and K. M. Beaver (Eds.), The Life-Course of Antisocial Behavior: Aggression to Delinquency to Crime (Chapter 12, pp. 201-210). Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2009). Prostitute homicide: An overview of the literature and comparison to sexual and non-sexual female victim homicide. In D. Canter, M. Ioannou, & D. Youngs (Eds.), Safer Sex in the City: The Experience and Management of Street Prostitution (pp. 51-68). The Psychology, Crime and Law Series. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2008). Offender profiling: Psychological and methodological issues of testing for behavioural consistency. Issues in Forensic Psychology: Investigative Psychology. British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Publications (Vol. 8, pp. 68-81).
  • Salfati, C. G. (2006). The Homicide Profiling Index (HPI) – A tool for measurements of crime scene behaviors, victim characteristics, and offender characteristics. In C. G. Salfati (Ed.), Homicide Research: Past, Present and Future. Proceedings of the 2005 Meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group. Chicago, IL: Homicide Research Working Group.

Courses Taught:

  • Offender Profiling: Psychology Contributions to Behavioral Crime Scene Analysis (Online Course)

C. Gabrielle Salfati
Department of Psychology, 10th floor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
United States

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