Curriculum vitae of dr. linton mohammed
Linton Mohammed is certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) and earned a Diploma in Document Examination from the Forensic Science Society (United Kingdom). He is a Fellow in the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE), the Chartered Forensic Science Society, and the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. He has served on the ASQDE Executive Committee as Director (2004-2006), Treasurer (2006-2008), Vice President (2008-2010), and completed a two-year term as President in 2012.
Linton graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He trained full time in Document Examination from 1986 to 1988 at the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Center, Port of Spain, Trinidad and worked as a Forensic Document Examiner in Trinidad & Tobago from 1989 to 1993. He then moved to the U.K., where he worked as a Forensic Document Examiner at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist in England from 1993 to 1996, before accepting a position with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory, where he worked from 1996 to his retirement in 2010. Linton earned a Master of Forensic Sciences from National University in 2005, and a Doctorate in Human Biosciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His doctoral thesis was focused on the forensic examination of genuine, disguised, and forged signatures.
Linton maintained a private practice with Associated Document Examiners from 1997 to 2010, was associated with Rile & Hicks in Long Beach, the successor to Harris & Harris, from 2010 to 2012, and now exclusively works from his office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Linton has testified as an expert more than 100 times in his specialty in both civil and criminal cases in the United States, England, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent. A Federal Rule 26 listing of prior testimonies is available upon request.
Linton is recognized as one of the leading researchers in Forensic Document Examination and specifically in signature and handwriting examination. In 2012, he received the New Horizon Award "In Recognition of His Exceptional Contributions to Scientific Research for the Advancement of Forensic Document Examination" from the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (ABFDE).In 2019, he received the AAFS Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Forensic Document Examination."
Some of his recent research was published in the book, "The Neuroscience of Handwriting: Applications for Forensic Document Examination". This book, co-authored with Professor Michael Caligiuri of the University of California, San Diego, was published in 2012 by CRC Press.
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A Word about Certification in the Field of Forensic Document Examination
When seeking the services of a qualified Forensic Document Examiner (FDE), it is important to carefully evaluate the examiner's credentials, including university education, apprenticeship, and certification. The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (ABFDE) is the oldest certifying body in the field. Individuals certified by the ABFDE, known as Diplomates, have met stringent standards, passed rigorous testing, and maintain recertification through ongoing professional education and contributions to the field. Anyone selecting an FDE should beware of sound-alike organizations.
The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (ABFDE) is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, and is the only certifying board sponsored by the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE), the CSFS, SAFDE, SWAFDE, and is recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The minimum requirement established by the ABFDE for training in forensic document examination is a two-year apprenticeship in a recognized forensic laboratory, or with an examiner in private practice who has previously received proper training.
The minimum qualifications for ABFDE certification are:
· Baccalaureate degree
· Full-time training program in a recognized document laboratory
· Full-time practice of forensic document examination
Anyone selecting an FDE should beware of sound-alike organizations. Job announcements from federal and state laboratories that hire FDEs consistently include certification by ABFDE or eligibility to be certified by ABFDE as a required or desired qualification.