Professor of Social Psychology at Sookmyung Women’s University, Expert Advisor for the Sentencing Commission of the Supreme Court of Korea, Advisor on Forensic Investigation for the National Police Agency
PARK Jisun double majored in English education and psychology at Seoul National University. She holds two master’s degrees - one in investigative and forensic psychology from the University of Liverpool and another in psychology from Seoul National University - and a doctoral degree in psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. After returning to Korea upon completion of her doctoral degree, she worked as an associate research fellow in the Crime Research Division of the Institute of Criminology and Justice. She taught as a professor at the Korean National Police University from 2010 to 2015 and is currently a professor of social psychology at Sookmyung Women’s University.
She has served as an expert advisor for the Sentencing Commission of the Supreme Court of Korea, an advisor on forensic investigation for the National Police Agency, and an advisor on crime statistics for Statistics Korea. In 2020, on the 75th Annual Police Day, she was awarded the Minister of the Interior and Safety’s Commendation in recognition of her contributions to advancements in police administration. Major published works include Criminal Psychology (2019).
Examining a range of crimes from murder, sexual offenses, dating abuse, and child abuse to kidnapping, robbery, and animal abuse, her research analyzes both criminal behavior and psychology by classifying the different types of criminals that perpetrate such crimes and identifying their respective characteristics. Her research also includes extensive work on our perceptions and judgments concerning crimes and victims of crime and how these are shaped and influenced by psychological mechanisms.