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