7th July – Forensic Science vs Forensic Psychology

Forensic Science? Forensic Psychology? Are they not the same?

SPS hears these questions and brings you a three-part seminar where you will learn the difference between Forensic Science and Forensic Psychology from two experienced practitioners from the respective fields. We have even thrown in a Q&A session with the speakers!

What To Expect?

1. Seeking Answers from Forensic Science?

Through this talk, students will gain an overview of the criminal justice system in Singapore, and understand the role that forensic scientists play in the criminal justice system. They will learn of key concepts in forensic science and the different types of physical evidence encountered in a crime. Participants will hear how forensic science helped to provide answers to the “who”, what”, “where”, “when”, “why” and “how” of a crime through the sharing of local case studies.

2. What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic psychology is a field that deals with both psychology and the law. Forensic psychologists can perform many roles and it is definitely not “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigation). Forensic psychologists are involved in different aspects of law, e.g. criminal (mentally ill offenders), civil (psychological injury) and family (custody of children of divorce family, parental fitness). Broader application also includes offender profiling, police or criminal justice personnel selection, terrorism, sex offending, violence and risk assessment, offender assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, expert testimony.

Some of the functions typically performed within forensic psychology include:

  • Competency evaluations
  • Child custody evaluations
  • Sentencing recommendations
  • Evaluations of the risk of reoffending
  • Testimony as an expert witness

Julia will share with you why and how she became a Forensic Psychologist. She will also tell you some interesting stories of the clients / patients / offenders she has encountered so far.

3. Panel Q&A session – Moderated by Carlin Lee

After the talks, you definitely will have questions. Your questions about the work, career paths, and other aspects of these two different fields will be answered here.


Ms Chia Poh Ling is a Consultant Forensic Scientist of The Forensic Experts Group, Singapore. She has more than 16 years of experience in forensic science. She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a BSc (Hons) in 1999.

Ms Chia has been with the Forensic Chemistry and Physics Laboratory (FCPL, formerly known as the Criminalistics Laboratory) ever since she joined the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in August 1999. Over the years, she has received specialised forensic training at various reputable forensic institutes in America and Europe. Her forensic expertise lies in the areas of fire and explosions, chemical analysis of unknown substances including controlled drugs, and crime scene examinations. She was involved as the lead forensic scientist in several high profile and challenging cases, e.g. suspicious white powders (anthrax hoaxes after the 911 Twin Towers attacks), Shell Bukom explosion, letter bombs, and the AMK Bus Depot fire.

In 2007, Ms Chia was featured in the Channel 8 TV programme “Out of Bounds” which showcased her work as a forensic scientist.

For her full profile, please view: http://www.forensicexperts.com.sg/about-ms-chia-poh-ling


Dr Julia Lam is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist at Forensic Psych Services, a company she founded in May 2015. She specializes in forensic psychological assessment and provides reports on medico-legal issues relating to criminal, civil and family law for Court purposes. A scientist-practitioner, her work experiences included working in universities, hospitals, prisons and correction services, gambling treatment facilities and private clinics. She has been a pioneer in forensic-clinical work in the private sector of Singapore since 2009. She has expertise in assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder, atypical theft offending, impulse-control disorders, problem gambling, drugs and alcohol addictions, and their respective offending. She has written more than 350 forensic reports for Court purposes in the past 7 years and has testified in Singapore Courts.

Register your interest here now! Seats are limited!

When: 7th July 2017, Friday

7pm – 9pm

Where: James Cook University, 149 Sims Drive S387380, C2-15 (Block C, Level 2)


  • 07/07/2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Venue:   James Cook University - Room A2-03

James Cook University Singapore (A2-03), 149 Sims Drive, 387380, Singapore