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Curriculum Vitae - Resume

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I am, Beth Chrisman, a Certified and court qualified Forensic Document Examiner.  Beginning my career in 2006, I have examined over 980 document examination cases involving over 19,000 documents.  I trained with the International School of Forensic Document Examination and have apprenticed under a leading court-qualified Forensic Document Expert

Forensic Examination Provided For:
Disputed documents or signatures including: wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, medical records, and autograph authentication.  Investigation and analysis including: questioned signatures, suspect documents, forgeries, identity theft, anonymous letters, alterations, obliterations, erasures, typewritten documents, altered medical records, graffiti, handwritten numbers, and computerized and handwritten documents.


  • Bachelor of Science Specializing in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • International School of Forensic Document Examination:  Certified Forensic Document Examination, Graduation Date July 2008.

Specific Areas of Training:
Handwriting Identification and Discrimination, Signature Comparison, Techniques for Distinguishing Forged Signatures, Disguised Handwriting, Altered Numbers, Anonymous Writing, Laboratory Procedures, Forensic Microscopy and Forensic Photography, Identifying Printing Methods, Papers and Watermarks, Factors that Affect Writing, Demonstrative Evidence Training, Demonstrative Evidence in the High-Tech World, Forgery Detection Techniques, Detection of Forged Checks, Document Image Enhancement, Graphic Basis for Handwriting Comparison, Ethics in Business and the Legal System, Mock Courtroom Trails.

  • American Institute of Applied Science; 101Q Questioned Documents course completed
  • 3 year on-the-job apprenticeship with Bart Baggett, a court qualified document examiner and the president of the International School of Forensic Document Examination, October 2006 – October 2009.

Apprenticeship Included:
Gathering documents, setting up case files, scanning and photographing documents, assisting with on-site examinations, interacting as client liaison with attorneys and clients, accounting and billing, peer reviews, preparing court exhibits, directed and witnessed client hand written exemplars, as well as reviewed and edited official opinion letters and reports for Mr. Baggett’s office.  I managed 204 cases consisting of 2157 documents during this time period.

Furthermore, I began taking active individual cases that were mentored and/or peer reviewed by Bart Baggett.

  • ACFEI Conference October 2009, Las Vegas, NV. (American College of Forensic Examiners International) Attended specific lectures on ink and paper counterfeiting by FBI personnel.
  • CTS (Collaborative Testing Services) Participated in the Handwriting Examination proficiency test in 2012; correctly identifying who wrote the questioned documents.
  • SAFE Annual Conference August 14 – 16, 2014, Boca Raton, FL.  (Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners) Earning 19 continuing education training
  • SAFE Annual Conference July 31, 2015 and August 28, 2015.  (Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners) Earning 6.5 hours of continuing education training.
  • IADE Annual Conference September 11, 12, and 13, 2015, Jamaica. (International Association of Document Examiners) Earning 24 hours of continuing education training.
  • SAFE Annual Conference July 29, 2016 and August 26, 2016. Earning 12 hours of continuing education training.
  • SAFE Annual Conference August 4, 2017 and August 25, 2017. (Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners) Earning 9.25 hours of continuing education training.
  • IADE Annual Conference September 7, 8, and 9, 2017, Denver, CO. (International Association of Document Examiners) Earning 19.5 hours of continuing education training.


Further Qualifications:
Member of SAFE since August 2014.
Member of IADE since January 2015.
Certification by IADE September 2015

From May 2010 through May 2014 I was the Director of the International School of Forensic Document Examination; creating curriculum, choosing textbooks, creating schedules and overseeing student apprentice qualifications for students worldwide.  I taught and mentored students worldwide, including students in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, India and Slovakia.

Laboratory Equipment:
Numerous magnifying devices including 30x, 20x and 10x loupes, Light Tracer light box, protractor, calipers, metric measuring devices, slope protractor and letter frequency plate, handwriting letter slant and comparison plate, typewriter measurement plate, type angle plate, digital photography equipment, zPix 26x-130x zoon digital hand-held microscope, zOrb 35x digital microscope, an illuminated stereo microscope, Compaq Presario R3000, HP PC, 2 high resolution printers, 2 digital scanners, 1 high resolution facsimile machine, and a copy machine.

Numerous forensic document examination titles and other handwriting reference materials.


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