Curriculum Vitae

Kathy Carlson, a Certified, Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner, has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading Court Qualified Experts.

Forensic Examination Provided For:

Disputed documents or signatures including: Contracts, Loans, Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, Real Estate Contracts, Deeds of Trust, Wills, Codicils, Holographic Wills, Beneficiaries, Income Tax Fraud, Poison Pen Letters, Anonymous Writing, Divorce Disputes, and Graffiti.

Investigation and analysis including: Questioned Signatures, Suspect Documents (Typed and Written), Suspect Alterations, Handwritten Numbers, Paper Verification and Indented Writing.



International School of Forensic Document Examination

April 2009 – December 2010

A 2 year apprenticeship with leading authorities in the field of handwriting analysis and document examination.

Training in handwriting and document examination includes:

Handwriting identification and discrimination, signature comparison, techniques for distinguishing forged signatures, disguised handwriting, altered numbers, anonymous writing, factors that affect writing.


Continued Education:

Katherine Koppenhaver, Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner, Teacher and Mentor

One hour weekly classes on various subjects.

May 23, 2011 – present


Proficiency Testing:

Provided through International School of Forensic Document Examination included:

Ten test cases to work efficiently from start to finish without supervision. Completed 12/2010.

January 2013 – Participated in CTS  (Collaborative Testing Services)

September 24, 2013 – Certification Test by Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE)


Forensic Conferences and Workshops:

National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)
Montreal, Canada – 22 hours
May 19 – 21, 2011

Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE)
Louisville, KY – 20.5 hours
November 3 – 6, 2011

National Association of Forensic Document Examiners (NADE)
San Diego, CA – 34 hours
April 25 – 29, 2012

Open Source Intelligence Training
Los Angeles, CA – 16 hours
May 11 – 12, 2012

Forensic Document Examination Interactive Training
Edgewood, MD
Interactive training – 24 hours
September 28 – 29, 2012

Private Investigators Academy of the Rockies
Study of Private Investigators – 18 hours
Denver, CO
April 30 – May 16, 2013

Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
Interactive Seminar & Workshop – 24 hours
Edgewood, MD
September 26 – 28, 2013

Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
Interactive Seminar & Workshop – 19 hours
Boca Raton, FL
August 14 – 16, 2014


Laboratory Equipment used for examinations include:

AmScope stereoscope with a digital camera attached .5 – 30X magnification,  MiScope IR/UV Microscope 40 – 140X magnification, MiScope Filter wheel, ProScope Micro Mobile wireless microscope 10 – 180X magnification, numerous other magnifying devices, light box, various measuring devices, HP Computer with a HP OfficeJet Pro copier, printer, scanner combination, Kyocera Combination Copier, various art programs installed on my computer, and Fuji 12.2 Mega Pixels 18X Optical Zoom camera.


Professional Memberships:


Member:   Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Member: Rocky Mountain Division of International Association of Identification (RMDIAI)

Member:   Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE)

Member: International Association of Document Examiners (IADE)
(Education Chair)


Albert Osborn
Questioned Documents (Second Edition)

Ordway Hilton
Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents

Huber & Hedrick
Handwriting Identification Facts & Fundamentals

Jess Dines
Document Examiner Textbook

Wilson Harrison
Suspect Documents

Newton Baker, LL.M., J.D.
Law of Disputed and Forged Documents

Ray Walker
The Justice System

Harold Feder
Succeeding as an Expert Witness

Dan Poynter
Expert Witness

Katherine Koppenhaver
Forensic Document Examination

Katherine Koppenhaver
Attorney’s Guide to Document Examination

Reed Hayes
Forensic Handwriting Examination