Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA - 1993. Provided specialized skills in analyzing and evaluating data, and developing effective strategies for problem solving and decision making.
General Certification in Graphoanalysis, International Graphoanalysis Society, Chicago, IL - 1986. Training in measuring, identifying and assessing the unique characteristics and various behavior patterns of cursive writing.
Master Certification in Graphoanalysis, International Graphoanalysis Society, Chicago, IL - 1988. More advanced training in measuring, identifying and comparing the unique characteristics of both printed and cursive writing styles as well as the corresponding patterns evident in letter formations and proportions, slant, size, directional pressure, spacing, baseline placement, rhythm, and stroke idiosyncrasies.
Certificate of Achievement, World Association of Document Examiners (WADE), Chicago, IL - Six Year Residence Training Program - 1997-2002. Transcripts from the completed courses and workshops attended are available.
Certified Graphologist - American Handwriting Analysis Foundation - 2013.
Certified Graphologist - American Association of Handwriting Analysts - 2014.
Continuous training by reading, conducting and presenting research to various professional groups and by attending international annual conferences from 2003 - present.
Has been deemed court qualified in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Has testified in Land Court in Boston, Family and Probate Court in Canton and Brockton, and in Superior Court in Woburn, Worcester and Boston.
Has worked on over 200 cases involving questioned signatures on documents such as contested wills, deeds, loans, checks, powers of attorney, notary journals, and petty cash slips as well as many slanderous and threatening anonymous notes.
Framingham State University, Framingham, MA - Adjunct Faculty 1994-present. Developed and teaches (at satellite sites) a 3-credit course entitled, “Handwriting Enrichment and implementation” as well as several other field related courses.
Published Master’s Thesis, “Exploring Graphokinesics Critically and Creatively” (a research project identifying various similarities and differences between drawing and writing) International Graphoanalysis Society, Chicago, IL - 1996.
Published instructional text, “A Humanistic Approach to Penmanship” (focuses on the mechanics and complexities of the printed and cursive handwriting process) Burham Inc: Chicago, IL - 2000.
Published article and presented at a WADE seminar, “You’re Never Too Young to Write and an Anonymous Letter” WADE Exchange, October, 1988.
Paper written and presented at a WADE seminar, “Numerical Identification” Chicago, IL - 2001.
Research project demonstrating how to measure similarities between printing and cursive writing with regard to measuring word and baseline spacing, pattern and proportional characteristics. Presented at a WADE seminar, Chicago, IL - 2002.
Published personality profiling research project (pp 258, 259, 271-273) on Charles Whitman, the Texas University shooter. “Tower Sniper” Monte Akers et al. John M. Hardy Publishing Company: Houston, TX - 2016
Identified the writer of the anonymous “Albany Letter” as the Zodiac killer. History Channel Documentary, November 15, 2017. (shown in part 4 of the 5 part series)
Published article, “A Blind Study Using Handwriting for Personality Profiling” in the quarterly newsletter, The Crucible, American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) August, 2018.
Published research project comparing the similarities and differences of 8 printed handwriting samples in order to determine potential sibling relationships. (pp 195, 196) “Accidental Brothers”, Nancy L. Segal, Ph.D. St. Martin’s Press: New York, 2018.
Lecture, “Looking Beyond Letters” presented at the American Association of Handwriting Analysts International Convention, July 19-21, 2018. Best Western Adams Inn, Quincy, MA.
Published ruling on a court case involving several questioned signatures on a Quitclaim Deed, Power of Attorney Form, Notary Journal, and a truck loan. Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, No. 14-081-18 (14 pp) McNeff v. Cerretani - Middlesex Land Court, Boston - Judge Karen Scheier (Docket No. Misc 16-000327) Sept 12, 2018.
Memberships and Offices held:
World Association of Document Examiners (WADE - went into receivership 2003) previous life member and served on President’s Advisory Board, 2001-2002.
Massachusetts Chapter of Handwriting Analysts, member 1986-present, Vice-president (1988-1989), President (1990-1991), Treasurer (2015-present).
International Graphoanalysis Society, life member 1988- present.
American Association of Handwriting Analysts (AAHA), associate member, conference instructor, Northeast Regional Vice-president, 2008-present.
American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF), member, conference instructor and previously served on the Professional Development Board, 2010 - present.
American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC)- invited member, 2017 - present.