Faculty - Katherine A. Roberts, Ph.D.

Dr. Katherine Roberts


Ph.D.     Forensic Science, Graduate School & University 
            Center, City University New York

M.Phil  Criminal Justice, Graduate School & University  
            Center, City University New York

MSc     Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

BSc     Chemistry, King’s College, University of London

Dr. Roberts is the Director of the Graduate Program in Criminalistics. She is the PI for a National Science Foundation grant awarded to CSULA in 2015 to establish the Center for Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Research as a research site within the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program. The Center will enhance research training and education in multiple forensic science disciplines.

Dr. Roberts is collaborating with a consortium of European universities to develop a portable, inexpensive, and rapid method of dating latent fingerprints. Her publications include trace evidence analysis, forensic examination of sexual assault evidence, and mitochondrial DNA analysis.

Dr. Roberts previously served as PI for Investigations on the use of SampleMatrix™ to capture and stabilize crime scene biological samples for optimized analysis and room temperature storage (NIJ 2007-2011)

She was an elected member of the Technical Working Group for Education and Training in Forensic Science (TWGED) which the National Institute of Justice convened. The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) uses the report issued by TWGED to evaluate the academic standards of undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs.

Dr. Roberts is currently serving as the Executive Director of the California Forensic Science Institute:


Office: Room 259, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 343-4625

Courses Taught
Forensic Microscopy, Trace Evidence Analysis, Forensic Science Research Methods, Forensic Chemistry, Applications of Forensic Science