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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. Her main areas of expertise are homicide and sexual offences, in particular with reference to offender profiling, crime scene analysis, 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 former 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., & Taylor, P. (2006). Differentiating sexual violence: A comparison of sexual homicide and rape. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(2), 107-126.
  • 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., & Bateman, A. (2005). Serial homicide: An investigation of behavioral consistency. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 2(2), 121-144.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2000). Profiling homicide: A multidimensional approach. Homicide Studies, 4(3), 265-293.
  • 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.
  • Osborne, J.* & Salfati, C. G. (2014) Cooling off periods in Serial homicide: An Analysis of Time Intervals and Geographical Patterns. Homicide Studies, p1-18.
  • Labuschagne, G. & Salfati, C. G. (2015) Practice Informed Research and Research Informed Practice: An Examination of Practice and Research Needs in Serial Homicide Analysis in South Africa. 12, pages 4–17. doi:10.1002/jip.1415.
  • Salfati, C. G., Labuschagne, G., Horning, A.*, Sorochinski, M.*, and De Wet, J. Demographics of All Solved Serial Homicides in South Africa 1930-2007. 12, pages 18–43. doi: 10.1002/jip.1425.
  • Salfati, C. G., Horning, A.*, & Sorochinski, M.*, & Labuschagne, G. South African Serial Homicide: Consistency in Victim Target and Behaviors Across Series. Special Issue on Serial Homicide in South Africa. 12, pages 83–106. doi: 10.1002/jip.1428
  • 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. (2008) Profiling. In Cutler, B. L. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Sage Publications.
  • 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. (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. (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. (2011) Research Methods in Offender Profiling Research. In Barry Rosenfeld and Steven Penrod (Eds.) Research Methods in Forensic Psychology. Chapter 7, pp 122-135. Wiley
  • Salfati, C. G. (2013) Linkage Analysis of Serial Murder Cases Involving Prostitute Victims. Volume 3, chapter 9, p. 211-228. In J. Helfgott (Ed.) Criminal Psychology reference set. Praeger Publishers.
  • Salfati C. G. (2013) Investigative Psychology. In: Siegel JA and Saukko PJ (eds.) Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Second Edition, pp. 139-143. Waltham: Academic Press.
  • Salfati, C. G. (2014) A Cross National Comparison of Behavioural Consistency in Serial Homicide. Chapter 7, P.141-172. In C. Bennell & J. Woodhams (Eds.) Crime Linkage: Theory, Research and Practice. CRC Press/Taylor Francis.

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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