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Criminal Minds

One-Week Summer Science Program

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Ever wonder what is behind the mind of a criminal? Dive deeply into the pathology of a serial killer, the motive of a stalker, or the face of a domestic terrorist. 

In this class students will not only learn about the different mental illnesses often found in criminals but what to look for in a crime scene to help catch the perp. 

This course is the perfect blend of psychology and forensics. Why do criminals do what they do and how does it help us find them and prosecute? What does it mean when a criminal knows his victim or not and how does that portray itself in a crime scene? 

Exciting career opportunities await students entering this special blend of forensic psychology!

*Please be warned that this program contains content on violent crime that some students may find disturbing.* 



June 24 – 28, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

August 5 – 9, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA 

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Instructor: Jonathan Briseno

Jonathan is a Clinical Fellow at Yale School of Medicine and PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology. He is an experienced clinician, instructor, and researcher. Before beginning at Yale, he held a position as a Teaching Fellow at MIT and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Mass General Hospital, where he worked in crisis intervention, DBT and CBT training, and neuropsychological testing.

Student Comments from Summer 2023


I loved the program! It was so much fun. I thought everything was structured so well that I never got bored. My teacher gave us insight and new information about mental health and the criminal justice system that I would’ve never known.’


I really liked how my teacher asked us about what we wanted to learn and what interested us. She constantly made sure what she was teaching made sense and made sure that we were interested in the topic. Overall she made my experience very positive and fun!’


This program was interesting and engaging. It was clear that the teacher was passionate and educated on the topic. I like how the teacher made an effort to stay away from stereotypes of criminal psychology. I felt comfortable and encouraged to participate, and learned a lot from this experience.’


‘The teacher was amazing, the program was really interesting and I’d love to do it all again. I liked looking at all the psychoanalyses! Overall, an amazing class 10/10 would come back next year.’


Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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