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Dr. Dena Weiss

Full-Time Associate Professor, Security and Global Studies

Education

Ph.D. in Business Administration-Criminal Justice
Northcentral University
M.S. in Administration of Justice
Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

Dr. Dena Weiss is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice within the School of Security and Global Studies (SSGC) with over 28 years of experience in law enforcement. She began her career as a microanalyst and serologist with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and remains active in local law enforcement as a crime scene investigator and fingerprint examiner. She has provided expert testimony for both the prosecution and defense in the state of Florida as well as the federal court system. Dr. Weiss has been teaching and developing curriculum online for 18 years. Her work has been published in professional magazines and peer-reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer for Sage Publications, Inc. and Pearson Education. Dr Weiss is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification (FDIAI), and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Dr Weiss is also a Medical Investigator for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS). Her duties include identifying fingerprints of the deceased in the event of a mass fatality incident within the state of Florida. Over the next three years, Dr Weiss plans on working with her colleagues to collaborate on different topics involving forensic science to include improved methods of analyzing evidence, the opioid epidemic, as well as date rape. Dr Weiss plans on presenting at criminal justice conferences as well as assisting with book chapters and writing articles for peer reviewed journals that focus on the forensic aspect of law enforcement.

Positions Held

2015 - Present
Colorado State University
Adjunct Instructor
2008 - Present
St Petersburg College
Adjunct Instructor
1996 - Present
Lakeland Police Department, Lakeland Florida
Crime Scene Technician II/Latent Print Examiner
2010 - 2016
Westwood College
Adjunct Instructor
2006 - 2013
Everest University
Instructor
2001 - 2006
Polk Community College
Instructor
1991 - 1996
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Forensic Serologist

Intellectual Contributions

Sex Offender Community Notification Law Reform: A Call for More Active, Consistent, and Detailed Information about High-Risk Offenders

Michelle Beshears, Michael L Beshears, Dena M Weiss
April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 18, 2017
International Journal of Social Science Studies

Reasons for the decrease in the development of suspects in check fraud cases in Central Florida

Dena Marie Weiss
April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 18, 2017
HSOA Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences

Presentations

The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Our Communities and The Fight to Save Them

Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Chapter
November 27, 2018

The Reality of Opioid Abuse & Rising Death Rates

Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference
September 12, 2018

The Reality of Opioid Abuse & Rising Death Rates

Brown Bag Speaker Colloquium
May 1, 2018

Selection process for a career in law enforcement or crime scene investigation

Alpha Phi Sigma, Kappa Kappa chapter Honor Society
March 16, 2018

Sex Offender Community Notification Law Reform: A Call for More Active, Consistent, and Detailed Information About High-Risk Offenders

ACJS 54th Annual Meeting
March 23, 2017

Complacency in Crime Scene Investigations

Florida/Georgia International Association for Identification
October 26, 2014

Media Contributions

How case-based learning can build enthusiasm for a forensic science career

InPublic Safety
December 12, 2018
Internet

How case-based learning can build enthusiasm for a forensic science career

Policeone.com
December 12, 2018
Internet

Consequences of the Military Failing to Submit Fingerprints of Convicted Servicemembers

InPublic Safety
August 17, 2018
Internet

The thrill of latent print analysis and the agony of court

Medeo Systems, Inc.
March 28, 2018
Internet

Contributing to Research and Discussion in the Criminal Justice Field

InPublicSafety
March 7, 2017
Internet

The Importance of Collaborative Research in the Criminal Justice Field

InPublicSafety
February 21, 2017
Internet

Technology Offers New Ways to Lift Prints From Crime Scenes

In Public Safety
January 26, 2017
Internet

Crime Scene Investigators Are Essential to Helping Victims Find Justice

InPublicSafety
May 5, 2016
Internet

Officer Training to Improve Crime Scene Processing

InPublicSafety
February 5, 2016
Internet

One Assault, Two Crime Scenes: The Challenge of Handling Sexual Assault Cases

InPublicSafety
April 16, 2015
Internet

Law Enforcement Investigation Tools to Expand DNA to Bacteria

InPublicSafety
January 22, 2015
Internet

Interested in a Career in Criminal Forensics? Perspectives from the Field

In Public Safety
February 20, 2014
Internet

Veteran Forensic Scientist Examines Negligence in the Collection of Evidence Against Amanda Knox

In Public Safety
February 5, 2014
Internet

How one CSI learned to cope with trauma

PoliceOne
August 15, 2013
Internet

Certifications and Licensure

January 21, 2019
CITI - Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
AFIS Certification
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Awards & Honors

June 28, 2019
Outstanding Leadership
APUS
Campus Republicans
June 28, 2019
Outstanding Leadership
APUS
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society
June 1, 2015
Distinguished Performance Award
Lakeland Police Department
Award for forensic expertise and case solving.
April 28, 2014
Distinguished Performance Award
Lakeland Police Department
Exceptional crime scene work.
October 27, 2006
Distinguished Performance Award
Lakeland Police Department
Exceptional crime scene work.
September 2005
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
August 2003
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigation work.
October 2002
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
January 2002
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
October 2001
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
October 2000
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
August 1999
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
June 1999
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
March 1999
Meritorious Service Award
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
June 1998
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
March 1997
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.
January 1997
Distinguished Performance Awards
Lakeland Police Department
Awarded for police investigative work.