Robert Morgan, Ph.D.
Robert D. Morgan completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University
and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
He is currently the John G. Skelton, Jr. Regents Endowed Professor in Psychology and
Director of the Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University. Dr. Morgan's
research and scholarly activities include treatment and assessment of justice involved
persons with mental illness, forensic mental health assessment, and professional development
and training issues. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental
Health and the National Institute of Justice. He has authored or co-authored over
75 articles, chapters and books. He has provided forensic mental health services (e.g.,
over 900 forensic mental health evaluations) at the request of courts, defense, and
prosecution, and consults with state and private correctional agencies to inform practice.
Robert Paine, Ph.D.
Director, Master's of Forensic Science Program
Undergraduate Minor in Forensic Science
Robert R. Paine completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
His MA degree comes from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently a Professor
of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Texas
Tech University. His research and scholarly activities include forensic skeletal histology,
as it is used in bone identification and age assessment; paleopathological work among
Mediterranean populations from Italy, Turkey and Cyprus, and trauma analysis to bone.
His forensic consultant practice includes 20 years in West Texas working with the
Lubbock Medical Examiner's office, Texas Rangers from Companies C & E, and local law
enforcement offices. His academic appointments have included visiting positions at
the Department of Animal & Human Biology, Universita "La Sapienza", Roma, Italia;
and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh,
Scotland. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and abstracts specific
to skeletal biology and forensic topics including five articles in the American Journal
of Physical Anthropology and Journal of Forensic Sciences. He is currently an Associate
Editor for the Journal of Anthropological Sciences (JASs). He is an avid traveler
and in the last six months has visited and worked in Canada, Scotland, the United
Kingdom, Greece/Cyprus and Italy. He owns a vineyard in the Abruzzi region of Italy
growing Montepulciano grapes.
Kathy Sperry, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice in Forensic Science
Dr. Sperry is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Forensic Science and an Adjunct
Assistant Professor in Pathology at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She
received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas Tech University, in 1993, and her postdoctoral
training was in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science
Center. Her research interests include stalking on college campuses, and the analysis
of the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions and their impact on policy
decisions. Dr. Sperry has considerable correctional experience, working with a variety
of offender populations, including sex offenders, severe personality disordered offenders,
pedophiles, and severely mental ill offenders. She has also authored a number of journal
articles and book chapter and has directed numerous federally-funded projects for
law enforcement training and forensic science education. She is an Associate member
of the American Academy of Forensic Science and is a Certified Forensic Consultant.
Megan A. Thoen, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Director of Forensic Mental Health Services
Megan A. Thoen completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Texas Tech University.
She was a post-doctoral fellow and mental health manager at the Lubbock County Detention
Center for almost a year before beginning at the Institute for Forensic Science as
a post-doctoral research associate. She is a licensed psychologist and completes court-ordered
forensic mental health assessments for the Institute. As the Director of Forensic
Mental Health Services, she also manages administrative duties for all forensic mental
health services provided by the Institute, and supervises several doctoral practicum
students from the Texas Tech University – Department of Psychological Sciences seeking
training in forensic mental health assessment. Her research and scholarly activities
includes studying disenfranchised groups (e.g., minority races and cultures, severely
mentally ill) and their treatment within the criminal justice system (including case
proceedings and case outcomes), the mental health and wellness of law enforcement
members (e.g., police officers, correctional officers), and the management and care
for the incarcerated mentally ill (particularly pre-trial incarceration). She has
co-authored several peer reviewed publications and has presented at numerous national
and international conferences.
Paola A. Prada, Ph.D
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Paola A. Prada received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a forensic science concentration
from Florida International University in 2010. She was awarded the 2010 Intelligence
Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by the Office of the Director
of National Intelligence. Her postdoctoral studies have united interdisciplinary areas
such as chemistry, animal behavior and national security to address issues critical
to effective intelligence and defense capabilities. She has worked extensively on
developing instrumental methods for human odor identification for criminal investigations.
She has also worked with canine scent detection in the context of optimizing odor
collection techniques for scent training purposes. Her research interests include
the evaluation of human odor volatiles as a forensic discriminatory tool as well as
the testing of target odor analytes from various specimens of forensic importance
for optimal performance of biological detector systems (i.e. canines). She has worked
with both national and international police/government agencies to help develop better
instrumental and training techniques in various areas of odor detection. She is the
author or co-author of numerous journal publications, book chapters, and one book
dedicated entirely on human scent evidence. She has presented her research at various
national and international forums. She is a member of the American Chemical Society
and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Priscilla Reid, M.S.
Priscilla Reid completed a bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Forensic
Science at National University in San Diego Ca. She is a retired Reserve Sergeant
with the San Diego County Sheriff department's Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.
Her primary function was the training coordinator, unit administrative sergeant and
primary scribe at all crime scene searches. Additionally, she is a retired U S Navy
Commander. Her primary duties were as a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
agent. She was recalled to active duty twice and deployed to Japan onboard USS Kitty
Hawk CV63 in support of Operation Desert Storm and spent a year deployed to Iraq in
support of Operation Noble Eagle / Enduring Freedom. She was the Special Security
Officer for the Southwest region, responsible for the six most southwestern states.
During her 38 years of civil service she has written several instruction manuals and
directives, has briefed the most senior level military officers and equivalent civilian
Mark Hendley, B.S.
Administrative Business Assistant
Mark Hendley comes to Lubbock from New Mexico where he attended Eastern New Mexico
University. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and History
and spent several years working in the mental health field before coming to Texas
Tech. He is currently the business manager for the Psychology department in addition
to his position at the Institute.