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Dr. Lerah Sutton

Dr. Lerah Sutton is the Dean and Director of Forensic Education at the CSI Academy of Florida.  In addition to her work at the CSI Academy she serves as the Program Director of the Forensic Medicine Concentration in the Master of Medical Sciences Program at the University of Florida, a program for which she was instrumental in the design and development.  She is also employed by the UF Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and teaches in the nationally recognized Hume Honors Program.

She earned her PhD in Forensic Anthropology in 2017 from the University of Florida wherein she researched new methods for estimating the postmortem interval based on degrees of decomposition.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with highest honors from the University of Florida.  Her areas of research interest and specialization include human decomposition, forensic taphonomy, and comparative osteology.

At the request of law enforcement agencies and academic institutions, she frequently responds to death investigation scenes, consults on cases, and offers hands-on workshops and educational seminars. Throughout her higher education she was employed by the UF Maples Center as a Graduate Assistant and Laboratory Assistant and previously worked at the Florida District 7 & 24 Office of the Medical Examiner.

In addition to her academic duties, fieldwork, and casework, she plans to continue conducting original research on methods of estimating the postmortem interval.