Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences

At the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences, a team of criminologists and forensic, behavioral and legal scientists offers professional services for police officers, detectives, district attorneys, coroners, public defenders and others involved in the administration of justice. 

The center's team serves the community by undertaking advanced research and providing real-time investigative consulting and professional training programs.

Consulting Services

The scope of the investigative team's consulting services is expansive, with special emphasis on:

  • Cold case homicides and missing persons.
  • Wrongful convictions, through the Appalachian Innocence Project.
  • Violent crime analysis.
  • Equivocal death analysis.
  • Threat assessments.
  • Forensic interviews and interrogations.
  • Crime scene reconstruction.

Contact the Center

Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences
Campus Box 30
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Phone: 724-938-1576
Fax: 724-938-4265

Professional Training

The center offers online courses, several of which are taught by some of the original criminal profilers with the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

Because the courses are delivered online, they may be taken at any time.

Course descriptions are listed below. Register here for courses.

Participants may be eligible for college credit based upon Prior Learning Assessment. For more information on how to obtain academic credit for these professional courses, contact the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences at 724-938-1576.