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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Human System Integration
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Personnel Selection in the Pattern Evidence Domain of Forensic Science:
Proceedings of a Workshop

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Forensic Science Highlights


This publication from the Board on Human-Systems Integration summarizes a workshop held in July that convened industrial and organizational (I-O) psychologists, experts on personnel selection and testing, forensic scientists, and other researchers whose work has a nexus with workforce needs in the forensic science field with a focus on pattern evidence. Participants reviewed the current status of selection and training of forensic scientists who specialize in pattern evidence. Such evidence includes patterns produced when an entity comes into contact with a surface or other objects (e.g., fingerprints, shoeprints, toolmarks, and tire treads), as well as patterns and habits considered in handwriting and writing instruments. The ability to detect, interpret, and compare shapes and pattern requires specific visual and cognitive skills. Participants also discussed how tools used in I-O psychology to understand elements of a task and measure aptitude and performance could address challenges in the pattern evidence domain of the forensic sciences.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce


Information from the workshop

Agenda and Attendees

Archived videos of the workshop sessions



Workshop Steering Committee Members

Frederick Oswald (Chair),
   Rice University
Andrew Imada, A.S. Imada
   & Associates
Winfred Arthur, Jr., Texas A&M
D. Zachary Hambrick, Michigan State
Randall Murch, Virginia Polytechnic
   Institute and State University
Jay Siegel, Michigan State University
Nancy Tippins, CEB
Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State




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