Renowned South African Forensic Psychologist to Present at Center for Forensic Studies

Renowned South African Forensic Psychologist to Present at Center for Forensic Studies

Los Angeles, CA: Senior Superintendent Ge’rard Labuschagne, PhD, Commander of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Investigative Psychology Unit, will present at Alliant’s Los Angeles Campus Tuesday March 18th and at the Fresno Campus Friday March 21st. School of Forensic Studies faculty, students and staff will be in attendance and prospective students are welcome.

Dr. Labuschagne’s unit falls under Detective Head Office of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and responds nationally to assist primarily in the investigation of psychologically motivated crimes (such as serial murder, mass & spree murders, serial rape, child molesters/
pedophiles, and serial murders). The unit has also been involved in kidnappings, extortions (of private individuals and companies), treason and terrorism. It is the only unit allowed to do offender profiling for the SAPS.

He is involved in all serial murder investigations in South Africa. Over the past six years, he has assisted in more than 24 such investigations and over 30 serial rape investigations.

Senior Superintendent Labuschagne is a qualified clinical psychologist and criminologist. His psychology doctoral research involved interviewing serial murderers in South African prisons. His criminology Masters Degree focused on foreign object insertion in sexual homicide.

He also testifies regularly for the SAPS in the High Court and magistrates courts. He does regular training to SAPS investigators from the Child Protection Units, Serious and Violent Crime Units, Organised Crime Units, General Detectives, forensic pathologists and forensic crime-scene experts. He is also a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team in Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Labuschagne has given local and international publications and conference presentations on the topics of serial murder, offender profiling and muti (cultural) murders in South Africa. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, edited by Professor David Canter from Liverpool University.

He is a consultant to the National Institute of Justice of the Department of Justice in the USA, an advisor to the Pretoria Family Advocate, a research fellow at the University of the Free State’s (SA) Centre for Psychology and the Law, a member of the British Psychological Society, and the International Homicide Investigators Association.

His current research involvements are a serial murder and serial rape database, muti (cultural) murder, and geographic profiling of serial murderers and serial rapists in South Africa, and child murders. He also supervises Masters and Doctoral research in the field of forensic psychology in South Africa for the University of Pretoria, SA.

About the School of Forensic Forensic Studies & Alliant International University

The School of Forensic Studies (SFS) specializes in training professionals to become well-rounded practitioners who possess broad-based knowledge of both the field of psychology and the law, and who are able to apply their skills in a wide variety of forensic settings.

The School of Forensic Studies operates master’s and doctoral degree programs on Alliant’s campuses in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego. CFS offers both a transitional master’s degree that is intended to lead on to a doctorate, and also a terminal master’s degree.

An independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education, Alliant International University is lauded for student diversity and prides itself on preparing students for professional careers distinguished by problem-solving and multicultural competence. Alliant’s mission calls for applying professional practice expertise and scholarship to resolve individual, community and societal challenges in the face of increasing diversity and globalism. Ratings from a number of independent publications and organizations underscore Alliant International University’s unique background and outlook. Alliant has been rated:

* Top 10 for doctoral faculty productivity Specialized Research Universities – Business, Education, & Social Sciences – Academic Analytics, 2007
* #1 in international diversity among national doctoral universities – US News &World Report, Aug. 2006
* #6 in awarding doctorates to minority women – Diverse Magazine, 2006
* #14 in doctorates to minorities (all disciplines combined) – Diverse Magazine, 2006
* #10 in overall campus diversity – US News & World Report, Aug. 2006


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