Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology


Michael Debolsky

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


+7 (965) 240 94 54
Address: Moscow, Sretenka str., 29, room 306

Academic degree: Candidate of Psychological Sciences
Academic title: associate professor
Education level: higher education, Kherson State Pedagogical Institute; postgraduate education, Academy of Management of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR
Direction of training and (or) specialty:
19.00.05 – Social Psychology;
19.00.06. – Legal and Forensic Psychology
Qualification: physics teacher, psychology teacher
Total work experience: 57 years
Work experience in the field: 44 years

Achievements and rewards:

  • Winner of the XI National Professional Psychological Contest “Golden Psyche” in the nomination “Collective contribution to the development of the unified professional psychological community of Russia” (2009);
  • G.I. Chelpanov Medal (2017);
  • Nominee of the XXII National Professional Psychological Contest “Golden Psyche” in the nomination “Master class of the Year for psychologists” (2020);
  • Mikhail Galkin-Vrasky Medal (Order of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia No. 736-ls dated 30.08.2021);
  • More than 10 departmental awards, two state awards, including the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree.

Scientific interests:

  • Prevention of destructive behavior of convicts and staff in correctional institutions;
  • Criminal subculture and its prevention;
  • Psychological and pedagogical foundations of the organization of the functioning of the children’s home at correctional institutions;
  • Psychology of management of bodies and institutions executing punishment;
  • Organization of psychological services.

Taught courses:

  • Penitentiary psychology;
  • Psychological practices in the work of a penitentiary psychologist;
  • Organization of psychological services;
  • Psychology of conflicts;
  • Psychology of stress;
  • Psychology of crisis situations.

Participation in editorial boards of scientific journals:
Member of the editorial board of the journals: “Applied Legal and Forensic Psychology”, “Psychology and Law”.

Around 258 publications in total.
Number of publications on – 115
Number of publications in the RSCI – 103
The number of publications included in the core of the RSCI – 21
The Hirsch index for publications in the RSCI – 14

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Contact us

MSUPE International Affairs Office

+7 (495) 607-08-72

127051, Moscow, Sretenka str., 29, room 409

MSUPE Admissions Office

+7 (495) 822-32-52

127051, Moscow, Sretenka str., 29, room 111