Medicolegal

Qualifications - Member may possess a degree or no degree and/or certified AMBDI, BA/BS, MS/MA, PhD, MD, in a medical-related field whose education, training, and experience is centered on medically-related fields and subfields, such as but not limited to pathology, medicolegal death investigation, anthropology, etc. with supporting con-ed courses in specialized area(s), published research, and/or medicolegal-based expert witness testimony.

Anthony Falsetti, PhD, Chair

Falsetti received his formal education at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. His doctorate was awarded in 1989. Dr. Falsetti was a postdoctoral research fellow at the State University of New York - Stony Brook 1990 to 1992. He was a Deputy Director in the Forensic Sciences Department at the International Commission for Missing Persons, where he oversaw the mortuary and field activities of Anthropology and Archaeology Division in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tony is currently a Professor in the Forensic Investigations Program at Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale. He was the Director of the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory and Co-Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology from July 1996 to May of 2009, at the University of Florida. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He served as the 2000-2001 Chairman of the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and recently retired from the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Sciences after 10 years of service.

Falsetti’s practice of forensic anthropology is active throughout the United States. Dr. Falsetti has worked on several major mass fatality incidents including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800, World Trade Center, the Thailand Tsunami Victim Identification -Phuket, Thailand, and most recently in the aftermath Haiti’s earthquakes. He is now a member of the Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification – Anthropology Section SWGDVI-ANTH

He has worked on noted historical cases including the search, recovery, and identification of the missing children of Tsar Nicholas II, and the identification of Samuel Washington. He has lectured widely in this country and abroad to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and to the general public. Dr. Falsetti was a Forensic Anthropology Consultant to the New York State Police Forensic Sciences Unit, and a Forensic Advisor for the DOJ-ICITAP in Bogota, Colombia.

Current research includes 3-D morphometrics of human crania for purposes of evaluating population variation, and human biometric applications for individual identification. Recent grant support includes National Institutes of Justice and National Geographic Society. In 2007 he was the subject of a National Geographic ‘Explorer’ episode, Finding Anastasia, and Investigation Discovery, Royal Inquests.

Members

Deena Clawar, MS - Deena Clawar MS, LPI, VSM has over 20-years of combined experience in investigations, education, teaching, and research. Deena is a Medicolegal Forensic Consultant and Licensed Investigator. Her career began as a Police/Narcotics Officer in Philadelphia and later became a Forensic Investigator for the State of Delaware. She has handled thousands of investigations, aspects of which have included performing and assessing pathological determinations relating to cause and manner of death, crime scene analysis, undercover, and surveillance operations. Her field experience also included work as a Forensic Technician on the World Trade Center Recovery Project.  Deena holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; additional and specialized graduate studies in criminology, physiology, and forensic anthropology, and a BS in Biology. In addition to her involvement in the Medicolegal Committee and Victim and Family Outreach Committee at AISOCC, she is also an Adjunct Professor, a Vidocq Society Member, an Executive Board Member for the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators (PALI), a member of Intellenet, and was a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).

Barbara Hanbury, PhD - Dr. Hanbury is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at York College of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. She expanded her knowledge and expertise in the criminal justice field by specializing in death investigation and the recovery of human remains. Dr. Hanbury has received numerous certifications in death investigation ...and has worked as a Forensic Consultant since 2001. In this capacity, she has worked on many cases that include the search and recovery of skeletal remains, recovery of physical evidence, analysis of skeletal remains, and determining cause and manner of death. She has also assisted with numerous exhumations and skeletal examinations including Albert DeSalvo, the alleged Boston Strangler. Dr. Hanbury continues to conduct research and publish articles in the criminal justice field pertaining to jail suicides, female offending, sentence disparity, and is currently conducting a national study on school shootings. She currently teaches courses in Juvenile Delinquency, Victimology, Death Investigation and Punishment and Corrections.