Professor of Psychology & Director of the Investigative Psychology Research Unit (IPRU)
Certified in Positive Psychology & Bounce-Back-Better® Resilience Trainer
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
Gabrielle Salfati is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Investigative Psychology Research Unit at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her 25 year career to date has been focused on serving the law enforcement and mental health practitioner community, developing evidenced-based best practice through front-line research, and applying the latest scientific research to developing key tools for use in practice. Her work in the field of Positive Psychology focuses on the development of resilience training and burnout prevention for first responders, law enforcement, mental health professionals, academics, teachers, students, and many other groups. She also leads major research programs on the evaluation of resilience training programs to support wellness and prevent burnout in law enforcement, first-responders and mental health professionals.
Her background and work in Investigative Psychology, where she was instrumental in its development as an international research field focusing on the application of psychology to behavioral analysis, has been done in collaboration with law enforcement and health agencies internationally, and she has presented and published widely and internationally on her work. She has developed and spearheaded initiatives to prioritize best practice in translation of scientific evidence to be applicable in practice through the development of practitioner-focused training, and trains law enforcement officers, crime analysts, forensic psychologists and other criminal justice and mental health professionals. She has worked closely with the FBI, NYPD, South Africa Police and the UK police, and numerous other criminal justice agencies, and has completed two separate Visiting Fellowships in 2010 to Bramshill Police College in the UK and in 2016 to the UK College of Policing where she was involved in leadership training and research on decision making and behavioral analysis. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including Outstanding Contribution to the Field awarded by the International Association of Investigative Psychology, as well as teaching and mentoring awards, and training delivery awards relating to innovation in developing best-practice online teaching techniques.