Science Caf OSU offers "Forensic Psychology" Program

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Oct. 1, 2015) — Science Café OSU is offering a program on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room of the OSU Library. The program “Forensic Psychology: What the Heck is That?!” features OSU associate professor Ron Thrasher, and graduate student Chelsea Bullard.

This Science Cafe is sponsored by the OSU Library, OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, OSU Vice-President for Research and Technology Transfer, OSU Center for Health Sciences, and Stillwater Public Library with program partners: Arts and Sciences Student Council, OSU Allied Arts, Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Sociology Club, Sociology Graduate Student Association, and Stillwater Police Community Outreach Program.

“This program is part of the community series of programs over Sherlock Holmes,” said Karen Neurohr, OSU Library Professor and Science Café Coordinator. “Forensic science is, of course, the basis for the extensive body of literature, film, drama, and television programs related to Sherlock Holmes.”

Ron Thrasher heads the Forensic Psychology Program at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. He served the Stillwater Police Department for 33 years and retired as Deputy Chief of Police. His areas of expertise include behavioral analysis of violent crime scenes, offender profiling, group deviant behavior and violent and serial criminal offenders. Thrasher holds a doctorate in Sociology from OSU.

Chelsea Bullard holds a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from OSU-CHS. Her research has included mental health courts on jurisdictional crime rate in Oklahoma, and she has experience in law enforcement. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Sociology and plans to specialize in social psychology and crime and deviance.

Science Café OSU highlights interesting, relevant and current science research. Events offer lively and engaging conversations about science and feature informal presentation, discussion, and Q & A. No science background is assumed or required.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the OSU Library at 405-744-2376.

The Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room is located on the second floor of Edmon Low Library.