Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Department of Humanities

Curriculum Vitae


Brian Kohlhepp is a native of the Pittsburgh area, where he still lives with his family. He supervises the Detective Division and the Forensic Investigation Unit at the Ross Township Police Department.  Detective Sgt. Kohlhepp investigates all major criminal incidents such as suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, and child abuse. He is a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task force, and is a certified police instructor through the FBI and MPOETC.  He has testified as an expert in Forensic Crime Scene Reconstruction and is a Polygraph Examiner


Professor Kohlhepp was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation of a violent serial rapist, has worked several cases with the FBI and was detailed to Pittsburgh Police Homicide for a homicide of an armored truck employee and a robbery of 2.3 million dollars.


Professor Kohlhepp has received numerous letters, awards, and commendations from his department, the FBI, other police agencies that he has assisted, victim's rights groups, the District Attorney's office, and professional police organizations. He is a member of the International Association for Identification, the Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification where he is currently the president, the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigator's Association, the American Polygraph Association and the American Association of Police Polygraphists.


Professor Kohlhepp is a board member at UPMC Forensic Advisory Council, and sits on the board of directors for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).


  • B.A.: Criminal Justice, Waynesburg University
  • M.A.: Social Science/Criminal Justice, PennWest California