Faculty of Legal
and Forensic Psychology


Elena Dozortseva

Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology,
Department of Legal and Forensic Psychology, and Law

Professor, Chief Researcher, Acting Head of the Laboratory of Child and Adolescent Psychology of the V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Member of the MSUPE Academic Council, Member of the Dissertation Council of MSUPE and the Academy of Management of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Academic degree: Doctor of Psychological Sciences (19.00.04 – Medical psychology. Dissertation on “Abnormal personality development in adolescents and young men with delinquent and criminal behavior”, 2000).

Academic title: Professor
Education level: higher education, Leningrad State University, Faculty of Psychology, 1978
Field of training and (or) specialty: Psychology
Qualification: Psychologist. Clinical psychologist
Total work experience: 47 years
Work experience in the field: 37 years
Awards, honors: badge of EMERCOM of Russia “the Participant of liquidation of consequences of emergency situations”(2004); the medal. G. I. Chelpanov I degree (2006); the badge of msupe “Golden Psi” (2014, 2019); Honorary Professor of MSUPE (2017); the prize “Golden Psyche” in the nomination “the Best book on psychology” (2017); an Honorary certificate of the Ministry of health of Russia (2009); the badge “excellent health” (2015); the medal of the order “For merits before Fatherland” II degree (2022).

Professional activity: under the leadership of Elena Dozortseva, psychological aspects of a comprehensive forensic psychological and psychiatric examination of minors, abnormal personality development in adolescents with deviant, delinquent and criminal behavior, problems of abuse of minors and their victim behavior are being developed. In recent years, special attention has been paid to the influence of the Internet on the mental development and behavior of children and adolescents, including behavioral deviations and victimization in a virtual environment. Laboratory staff headed by Elena Dozortseva participated in the work on the psychological rehabilitation of children and their families affected by the terrorist attacks in the theater on Dubrovka and in Beslan.

She is one of the founders and a board member representing Russia of the European Association of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, Psychology and Related Professions (EFCAP). Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL)

Elena Dozortseva has been working at MSUPE since 2001. In 2004 she became the dean of the newly formed Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology and organized training in the specialization “Legal and Forensic Psychology”. She served as dean until September 2009, supervised the first graduation of the faculty. In 2006, she organized a graduate Department of Legal and Forensic Psychology, and Law at the faculty, led it until 2016. Currently, she is a professor of the department. Under the leadership of Elena Dozortseva, a new direction of research, practice and education is developing – legal psychology of children and adolescents.

Scientific interests:

  • changes in the social situation of the development of children and adolescents in the Internet era
  • deviant behavior and victimization of children and adolescents on the Internet
  • aggression of children and adolescents in real life and on the Internet, bullying and cyberbullying
  • schoolshooting, psychological characteristics of adolescents who attacked schools
  • personality anomalies in adolescent offenders
  • problems of forensic psychological and complex forensic psychological and psychiatric examination
  • prevention of juvenile delinquency and victim behavior of minors
  • abuse of children and adolescents and its psychological consequences
  • testimony of children and adolescents, their psychological aspects

Taught disciplines:

  • Legal and forensic psychology
  • Introduction to the legal and forensic psychology of children and adolescents
  • Psychology of abnormal personality development of a delinquent teenager
  • Forensic psychological and forensic psychiatric examination of children and adolescents
  • Supervision of master’s degree students programs
  • Thesis

Participation in editorial boards of scientific journals:

Member of editorial boards of journals:

  • Psychology and Law
  • Russian Psychiatric Journal
  • Modern Foreign Psychology
  • Russian Deviantological Journal
  • Bulletin of the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia
  • Psychological science and education
  • Legal and Forensic Psychology
  • Applied Psychology and Pedagogy
  • Bulletin of Practical Psychology of Education

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