Focused on Forensics

Student hopes to become a behavior analyst

Ella Connell-Brewer stands in the computer lab. “I’m really into people’s behaviors and I want to do behavioral analysis when I get older.”

CBS’s television series, Criminal Minds, is a show based on a team of FBI profilers in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) that solve crimes around the country. Ella Connell-Brewer, a junior at Richmond High School, is interested in pursuing her career to be a behavioral analyst, which is exactly what some of the characters from the show do.

Behavioral analysts profile an individual based on their behavior. According to Connell-Brewer, they are trained to be able to detect a person’s emotion by the way they write and how they feel due to the pressure of their pencil.

“You’re able to understand why people do what they do solely based on how they act,” Connell-Brewer said. “It’s really interesting being able to get inside the head or a serial killer or psychopath.”

Connell-Brewer said she had already taken Sociology and will be taking Criminal Justice and Forensics for the 2018 school year. She planned on attending Rutger University in New Jersey to further her education and hopes to become part of the BAU afterwards.

“I’ve always been interested. Ever since elementary school, I wanted to know why people do what they do.” Connell-Brewer said.