Guiding The Wecht Institute in the development of its curricula and the selection of topics for its conferences and publications is an accomplished group of experts from the fields of forensic science, law, education, law enforcement and public policy.
As members of The Wecht Institute’s Advisory Board, many of these experts also periodically lecture in the Institute’s academic programs and present papers at its annual conferences.
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. (Chair)
Coroner, County of Allegheny
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Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert
Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
The Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose
United States District Court Judge, Western District of Pennsylvania
George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H.
Edward R. Utley Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights, Boston University
Steven C. Batterman, Ph.D.
Forensic Engineering Consultant; Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D.
J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.Sc., R.N., CS, FAAN
Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College
W. Christopher Conrad, Esq.
Attorney; Former Deputy District Attorney, Allegheny County
Honorable Jay Costa
State Senator, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Bruce W. Dixon, M.D.
Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Frederick W. Fochtman, Ph.D.
Director, The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law
Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Duquesne University
Former Commander, Investigations Branch, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Christine Funk, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender, State of Minnesota
Grace Ann Geibel, RSM, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Carlow College
Neal H. Haskell, Ph.D.
Professor of Entomology, St. Joseph's College
David Christian Hassell, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Henry C. Lee, Ph.D.
Chief Emeritus, Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of Scientific Services
Harry Litman, Esq.
Of Counsel, Phillips & Cohen; Visiting Professor, Rutgers University School of Law
Michael J. Machen, Esq.
Chief Public Defender, Allegheny County
Superintendent, Allegheny County Police Department
Jane Campbell Moriarty, J.D.
Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law
William Moushey, M.S.
Director, Innocence Institute of Western Pennsylvania
Matthias I. Okoye, M.D. J.D.
Director, Nebraska Forensic Medical Services and Director, Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences
Mark W. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D.
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Cybergenetics
Mark M. Pollitt
President, Digital Evidence Professional Services, Inc.; Former Director, Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory Program, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Katherine M. Ramsland, Ph.D.
Author and Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology, DeSales University
Michael F. Rieders, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officers, Laboratory Director and Forensic Toxicologist, National Medical Services
Mark E. Safarik, M.S.
President, Forensic Behavioral Services International
Honorable Kevin G. Sasinoski
Judge, Criminal Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
L. Kathleen Sekula, Ph.D., APRN
Professor of Nursing, Duquesne University
Commander, Homicide Division, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
James E. Starrs, LL.M.
Professor of Law and Professor of Forensic Sciences, George Washington University
Anjali Swienton, M.F.S., J.D.
Director of Outreach, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law
Robert K. Tanenbaum, Esq.
Private Attorney and Author
Honorable David N. Wecht
Administrative Judge, Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Michael Welner, M.D.
Chairman, The Forensic Panel and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York University