In a court case against Joseph Duncan, a forensic psychologist was brought in to conduct a psychological evaluation on the defendant. Duncan was charged with kidnapping, torturing, and killing two young Idaho children. Dr. Robert Engle, an experienced Idaho forensic psychologist, testified as an expert witness for the case. Dr. Engle conducted psychological evaluations to determine whether or not Duncan was competent to represent himself in court. Duncan tested extremely high for paranoia, but Dr. Engle found that he was capable to stand trial.
Though the insanity defense is not available to defendants in Idaho, forensic psychologists like Dr. Engle are often asked to be expert witnesses to shed light upon any psychological elements of court cases.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) has worked to implement multiple state and community based mental healthcare services in each of Idaho’s seven geographical regions. The Division of Behavioral Health of Idaho utilizes many different ways of serving the citizens of Idaho who suffer from mental illness.
Forensic psychologists in Idaho can find high-paying job opportunities in any of the departments run by the IDHW:
- Adult Mental Health
- Children’s Mental Health
- Family Support
- State Hospitals
- Suicide Prevention
- Behavioral Health Planning Council
- Sexual Violence Prevention
Job Growth and Salary Expectations in Idaho
The average salary for a forensic psychologist in Idaho varies by level of experience (Idaho Commerce and Labor, Research, and Analysis Bureau, 2014):
- Experienced (ID): $128,200
- Mid-Career (ID): $60,000
- Entry-Level (ID): $37,200
The Idaho Commerce and Labor, Research, and Analysis Bureau has projected that there will be a steady increase of at least thirty new forensic psychology job openings each year. The current number of forensic psychology jobs varies by location, with a higher concentration of employed forensic psychologists practicing in Idaho’s largest cities:
- Boise-Nampa: 240
- Coeur d’Alene: 110
Forensic psychologists seeking the highest possible salaries in Idaho should look into the East Idaho nonmetropolitan area, which has a mean annual salary of $82,970.
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Idaho’s Major Metro and Non-Metro Areas
Shown below for comparative purposes are salary statistics for psychologists throughout Idaho (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):