Houghton, Amie
Assistant Professor - Forensic Science
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Assistant Professor, Forensic Science Program

Professor Houghton is an expert within the forensic investigation field.  She has an extensive background in crime scene investigation, analysis and reconstruction, which she obtained from over a decade of working in federal law enforcement.  Professor Houghton serves as the director of the Crime Scene Forensic House at UVU.  Professor Houghton teaches courses on Introduction to Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation Techniques, Forensic Photography, Forensic Pathology and Medico Legal Death Investigations.  


Professor Houghton completed a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation from George Washington University.  She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Biology.  . 


  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Forensic Photography
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Shooting Incidence Scene Reconstruction
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Arson Investigations
  • Death Investigations
  • Scattered Human Remains and Clandestine Graves
  • Child and Infant Homicides
  • Sexual Assault Scenes/Investigations 


Prior to her appointment at UVU, Professor Houghton was a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  During her 11 years of experience with NCIS, Professor Houghton conducted felony level criminal investigations for the Department of the Navy (DoN) within the United States and overseas, to include Afghanistan.  These investigations included cases such as homicide, suicide and natural death cases; property crime; adult and child sexual assault.  She also worked counterterrorism/force protection issues for the DoN by supporting US Naval ships visiting foreign ports within the Middle East Region, in addition to joint counterintelligence operations in northern Afghanistan.  In 2013, Professor Houghton joined a specialized unit within NCIS, the Office of Forensic Support, where she served as forensic consultant for the NCIS Marine West Field Office, Camp Pendleton, CA.  In this capacity she supported all Marine Corps bases in the western United States.  She provided consultation to various cases which involved major or complex crime scene investigations/analysis.  Professor Houghton also provided training to NCIS personnel and local law enforcement in order to maintain up to date and relevant skills associated with crime scene investigations.  In 2015, Professor Houghton was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent for the Pacific Region in the Office of Forensic Support.  Serving in that capacity, she supervised Forensic Consultants who provided support in the western United States and Far East regions for the DoN.


  • Certified Crime Scene Analyst, International Association for Identification
  • Investigator, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Digital Photography for Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Shooting Incident Reconstruction 
  • Post Blast Investigative Techniques
  • Fire Arson Origin & Cause Investigation
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Human Remains Outdoor Recovery
  • Law Enforcement Instructor Training
  • Child and Infant Death Investigations
  • Advanced Forensic Techniques in Crime Scene Investigations
  • Underwater Criminal Investigations
  • Field Training Evaluation


  • American Academy of Forensic Science
  • International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • International Association for Identification
  • Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • American Board of Medico Legal Death Investigators


UVU forensic students uncover cadavers in practice investigation, Good4Utah, ABC, October 24, 2018

Crime Scene Investigations and UVU Forensic Science Program, BYUradio (XM143), Top of Mind, May 9, 2017

Orem home turned into realistic crime scene house for UVU students, KSL, April 27, 2017

UVU opens crime scene investigation house, Fox13, April 21, 2017