What is it about?

Operational psychology is an emerging area of specialization within the applied psychology domain. This article provides a descriptive review of the specialty as practitioners apply psychological science to national security, defense, and public safety.

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Psychology's application to critical systems and national security couldn't come at a better time. This unique community of practitioners have been rapidly pressed into federal and state service to the betterment of society and the security of our nation and communities.

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Operational psychology is an emerging area of practice that is both exciting and dynamic. Moreover, as with all new practice specialties, practitioners are often faced with challenging ethical dilemmas. This article provides an early look at the development and practice of psychology to national security, defense, and public safety organizations and personnel.

Mark Staal

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This page is a summary of: Operational Psychology: An Emerging Subdiscipline, Military Psychology, January 2006, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1207/s15327876mp1804_2.
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