Texas Tech University

Institute for Forensic Science


Mission Statement

The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary forensic science research through a unique multidisciplinary program that provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, and local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research organization in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing outstanding service to the university, profession, and community. We are committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through the sharing of ideas, problem-solving, and empiricism promoting prosocial values and contributing to safer communities.


The Institute for Forensic Science is located at 4434 South Loop 289 in Lubbock.  We are on the South side of Lubbock on the access road between Quaker and Slide. 

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  • May 2016: Dr. Robert Paine, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Forensic Sciences Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, delivered a training at Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) in Burgos (Spain).
  • April 2016: FSCI students Brittany Koon and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez were awarded Hillcrest Scholarships in Forensic Science for 2016.
  • April 2016: FSCI students Brittany Koon and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez were awarded Hillcrest Scholarships in Forensic Science for 2016.il 2016: FSCI students Brittany Koon and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez were awarded Hillcrest Scholarships in Forensic Science for 2016.
  • March 2016: FSCI student Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez was awarded the Spring 2016 Research Fund Award to support her Master's thesis work entitled, "Related Factors to Aggression in Correctional Officers from Costa Rica."
  • December 2015: Two members of the Institute were awarded the 2015 Matador Award for their service to the university, Priscilla Reid (Training Coordinator) and Mark Hendley (for his work in Psychological Sciences as Unit Coordinator).
    • From the TTU Human Resources website (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/awardsRecognition/DSA/2015/Recipients/Reid.php): As the Institute for Forensic Science's Training Coordinator, Priscilla assumed a significantly greater role at the institute where she now serves as the law enforcement training coordinator. In this role, she was responsible for re-establishing professional relationships with local law enforcement agencies and to redevelop a law enforcement training schedule. In this fiscal year alone she increased our trainings and law enforcement enrollments by approximately 150%. As a result of her efforts, we are quickly becoming known as the leading training provider for local law enforcement agencies. This is a valuable service for the institute, local law enforcement agencies, the greater Lubbock community and surrounding counties.
    • From the TTU Human Resources website (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/awardsRecognition/DSA/2015/Recipients/Hendley.php): As the Unit Coordinator, the Psychological Sciences department would simply not survive without Mark's hard work. As just one example, he has spearheaded the management of the department's grant funded research. Mark has gladly taken on this task and quickly learned all he could about the nuances of managing federally funded research, both at pre- and post-award. Faculty's grant-funded research simply would not happen without him. In less than a year he taught himself so much information about the technicalities of grant funded research and has even assisted other departments with grant administration. This area of work is an example of his willingness to pitch in and help with anything that's asked of him. He does all of this with a smile and is truly invested in his work.
  • November/December 2015: Texas Tech University's Institute for Forensic Science and Canine Intelligence Academy (CIA) jointly present the course "Canine Detection Evaluations- Advancing Canine Team Performance through Improved Assessments and Validation" given by faculty member Dr. Paola Prada, and CIA's canine instructor Donald Blair, at the Colombian National Police Handler and Canine Training Academy in Facatativa, Colombia, November 30- December 2, 2015.
  • November 2015: Dr. Paola Prada is one of the invited plenary guest speakers at Haureka 2015: The Art and Science of Scent detection and Special Dog's Training at the Science Center in Vantaa, Finland. Her talk entitled, "Sniffing out scent: the bridge between instruments and canines," was given on November 20th, 2015, for the first time in Europe to both civilian and military dog trainers and handlers.
  • August 2015: The Institute would like to welcome our two new faculty, Dr. Paola Prada and Dr. Megan Thoen, both Research Assistant Professors.
  • May 2015: Dr. Paola Prada published her book entitled, Human Scent Evidence. More information can be found here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/artsandsciences/faculty/faculty-books.php



Institute for Forensic Science