UVU’s Forensic Science Program employs faculty with extensive knowledge and experience in their respective fields. Full-time and adjunct faculty are experts within their disciplines and have many years of practical experience. Most of our faculty are concurrently employed in locations such as the Utah State Crime Laboratory, local law enforcement agencies, and other organizations focused solely on forensic science. The Forensic Science Program is proud to have faculty who are actively engaged in student experiences, education, and success.

Gary H. Naisbitt, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Forensic Laboratory Emphasis

ME 136

  • Criminalistics
  • Trace Analysis I & II
  • Directed Research

Amie Houghton, M.F.S.

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Assistant Professor

Forensic Investigation Emphasis



  • Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I & II
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Medicolegal Death Investigations

Adjunct Faculty

Brian Holden

  • Marijuana Identification Certificate

John Jackson

  • Expert Witness Professional Practices

Danny Maynard

  • Forensic Microscopy

Derek Mears

  • Firearms Examination

HOA Trinh

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

Bonnie Wilder-Estes

  • Fingerprint Processing
  • Fingerprint Examination
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Angela Petersen

  • Fingerprint Processing
  • Fingerprint Examination

Professional Page

Travis Ashdown

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I
  • Forensic Photography