Forensic Relationship Training

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The application of Forensic DNA–STR analysis in the resolution of mass disaster identification and paternity-based criminal searches has increased in recent years. As such, there is a need for analysts to comprehend the underlying logic in statistically assessing biological relationships.

Marshall University Forensic Science Center offers two Forensic Relationship Training sessions, as part of our Forensic DNA Training Program. Laboratory analysts interested in implementing cases related to relationships (paternity/maternity, body identification, reconstructions, etc.) into their current workflow will benefit from the training sessions we provide.

Our goal is to provide agencies the requisite knowledge and training to perform relationship comparison cases instead of out-sourcing these case types.

Session 1
General Relationships:
16 Continuing Education Hours

This training session provides the tools to implement DNA relationship testing for the most commonly encountered cases.

Topics include:

  • History & Evolution of Relationship Testing
  • Statistics Review
  • Relationship Specific Statistics
  • Standard Trio Comparisons
  • Single Parent Comparisons
  • Reverse Comparisons
  • Relevant Standards in Relationship Testing
  • Reporting & Testifying to Results

Previous experience with DNA relationship comparisons is not required for Session 1, though individuals should have a basic knowledge of forensic DNA applications.

Session 2
Advanced Relationships:
16 Continuing Education Hours

This training session provides logic to resolve complex DNA kinship analysis for cases involving body identification, mass identification/mass disasters and familial searching.

Topics include:

  • Review of Relationship Statistics
  • Full & Half Siblings
  • Multi Sibling
  • Avuncular
  • Multi Avuncular
  • Grandparentage
  • Mass Disaster Identifications
  • Familial Searching

Previous experience with DNA relationship comparisons is highly recommended for Session 2. This training is statistically intensive.

Training Schedule

We currently have no in-house training sessions scheduled.

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Attendee Certification

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. In addition, attendees can voluntarily participate in a post-training test. Any attendee scoring 80% or higher on the test will also receive a Certificate of Competency.

Attendee Requirements

Attendees are responsible for procuring travel arrangements, lodging, and meals for their training sessions at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

  • Have a desire to expand professional knowledge of DNA statistical analysis of bio-relationships
  • Be willing to actively participate in classroom activities and discussions
  • Be willing to travel to attend training

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About the Instructor

Kelly Beatty has been a professional in the field of forensic DNA analysis for more than ten years. She graduated from West Liberty State College with a B.S. in Biology in 1998 and from Marshall University with a M.S. in Forensic Science in 2000. As a working scientist, Kelly has performed DNA testing and interpretation on over 400 cases and reviewed testing and interpretation in more than 200 cases. Kelly has trained more than 300 forensic analysts to statistically assess biological relationships. She is currently a Forensic DNA Analyst and the Parentage Laboratory Supervisor at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington, WV; where she also has the honor of instructing her alma mater in Forensic Statistics and Human Genetics graduate courses.