Author of 51 books, blogger at Psychology Today, TV crime commentator, professor of forensic psychology; expertise: serial killers.
Katherine Ramsland a bestselling author of books on serial murder and forensic
psychology, is a professor of forensic psychology and criminal
justice at DeSales University and currently directs the master’s
program in criminal justice. She holds master's degrees in clinical
psychology, criminal justice, and forensic psychology, as well as a
Ph.D. in philosophy. In addition, she has a certification in Medical
Investigation (CMI-V) from the American College of Forensic Examiners
International, and she is on the board of the Cyril Wecht Institute.
has published 50 books, including The Ivy League Killer, The Sex
Beast, Psychopath, The Devil’s Dozen, The Forensic Psychology of
Criminal Minds, The CSI Effect, The Forensic Science of CSI, The
Science of Cold Case Files, The Devil’s Dozen: How
Cutting-edge Forensics Took Down Twelve Notorious Serial Killers,
Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of
Healthcare Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers, The
Human Predator: A Historical Chronology of Serial Murder and Forensic
Investigation, The Criminal Mind: A Writers' Guide to Forensic
Psychology, and The Mind of a Murderer: Privileged Access to
the Demons that Drive Extreme Violence.
also wrote biographies of Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, and a trilogy of
nonfiction books involving “immersion journalism,” Piercing
the Darkness, Ghost, and Cemetery Stories. In this
same genre, she penned The Science of Vampires, Paranormal
Forensics, and Haunted Crime Scenes.
Dr. Henry C. Lee and his lab director, Elaine Pagliaro, Dr. Ramsland
wrote the course text, The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist.
With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she co-authored a book on his
cases, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us,
and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead,
which is a collection of his cases of historical exhumations and
has published over 1,000 articles on serial killers, criminology,
forensic science, and criminal investigation. She was also a research
assistant to former FBI profiler, John Douglas, which became The
Cases that Haunt Us. She currently writes a regular feature on
forensic investigation for The Forensic Examiner (some of
which is based on her history of forensic science, Beating the
Ramsland presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, social
workers, probation/parole organizations, judges, and attorneys. Her
observations on criminality have drawn USA Today, the Daily
News, the Newark Star Ledger, and other newspapers for
commentary. She has consulted for episodes of CSI and Bones,
and has participated on numerous documentaries for CBS, ABC, A&E,
ID, the History Channel, E!, WE, and Court TV, as well as programs
abroad. For the ID series, “American Occult” and “Twisted,”
she is the recurring expert.