About Kathy Carlson

Take Comfort In Knowing I’m Qualified For Your Case

Curriculum Vitae

I am Kathy Carlson, a certified and court qualified Forensic Document Examiner who has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading Court Qualified Experts. While I focus mainly on the western side of the United States, I also serve wherever I am needed nationwide and beyond.

I have a printable version of my CV (Curriculum Vitae). Please contact me to request a copy.

Proficiency Testing & Certifications

Provided through International School of Forensic Document Examination included:

  • Ten test cases to work efficiently from start to finish without supervision – Completed 12/2010

  • Collaborative Testing Services (CTS) – January 2013
  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Certification – September 24, 2013
  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification – January 31, 2015
  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification – September 2016

    Signature Identification Testing – Identify 20 Genuine, Simulated or Disguised signatures when compared to 20 known signatures.

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2017 – Proficiency Testing

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2018 – Proficiency Testing

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) September, 2018 – Re-Certification

Education

International School of Forensic Document Examination
April 2009-December 2010

A 2-year apprenticeship with leading authorities in the field of handwriting analysis and document examination.

Training in handwriting and document examination includes:

Handwriting identification and discrimination, signature comparison, techniques for distinguishing forged signatures, disguised handwriting, altered numbers, anonymous writing, factors that affect writing, and paper and ink analysis with UV-IR Lighting and Filters.

Continued Education

Katherine Koppenhaver, Teacher and Mentor Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner
May 23, 2011 – Present
One hour weekly classes on various subjects.

SAFE (Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners) – Monthly CE Class
  • November 14, 2014 – Mike Wakshull
    IR Lighting/UV/Blue LED Filter Wheel – 1.5 Hours

  • January 15, 2015 – Mike Wakshull
    Court Room Bias – 1 Hour

  • February 11, 2015 & March 25, 2015 – Jason Harden
    Forensic Mortgage Loan Auditor
    Mortgage Fraud – 2 Hours

  • March 29, 2017 – Tay Eue Kam
    Chinese Handwriting & Polish Handwriting
    1.2 Hours

IADE (International Association of Document Examiners) – Quarterly CE Class
  • March 21, 2019 – Kathy Carlson
    Importance of a CV
    1 Hour

  • May 16, 2019 – Nanette Barto
    Dementia & How it Affects Handwriting
    1.25 Hours

Kathy Carlson, Forensic Document Examiner

Forensic Document Examiner

P.O. Box 782
Montrose, CO 81402

Phone:
Toll Free: 888-710-EXAM (3926)
Colorado: 970-275-6846
Utah: 801-230-0831

Office and Lab

Office Interior of Western Forensic Document Examiner
The office of Western Forensic Document Examiner

Note: We are not attorneys. We do not dispense legal advice. You should obtain legal advice for a suitable attorney.

Forensic Conferences & Workshops
  • National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) – Annual Conference
    Montreal, Canada – May 19-21, 2011 – 22 Hours

  • Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE)
    Louisville, KY – November 3-6, 2012 – 20.5 hours

  • National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) – Annual Conference
    San Diego, CA – April 25-29, 2012 – 34 hours

  • Open Source Intelligence Training
    Los Angeles, CA – May 11-12, 2012 – 16 hours

  • Forensic Document Examination Interactive Training
    Edgewood, MD – September 28-29, 2012 – 24 hours

  • Private Investigators Academy of the Rockies – Study of Private Investigations
    Denver, CO – April 30 – May 16, 2013– 18 hours

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Edgewood, MD – September 26-28, 2013 – 24 hours

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Boca Raton, FL – August 14-16, 2014 – 19 hours

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
    July 31 & August 28, 2015 – Webinar Seminar – 10 hours

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Jamaica – September 10-12, 2015 – 21 hours

  • Scientific Analysis (ACE-V) From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand
    Sandy City Police Department – Utah October 19-23, 2015 – 40 hours

  • National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) – Annual Conference
    Portland, OR – April 13-16, 2016 – 26 hours

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
    July 29, 2016 & August 26, 2016 – Webinar Seminar – 12 hours

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Annapolis, MD – September 15-17, 2016 – 20 hours

  • National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) – Annual Conference
    New Orleans, LA – May 15-18, 2017 – 25 Hours

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
    August 4th & August 25th, 2017 – Webinar Seminar – 12 hours

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Denver, Colorado – September 6th-9th, 2017 – 22 hours
    Co-Ordinator & Host

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Webinar
    August 24th & 25th, 2018 – Webinar Seminar – 12 Hours
    Co-Ordinator & Host

  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
    September 6th & October 4th, 2019 – Webinar Seminar – 12 Hours

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Seminar & Workshop
    Montego Bay, Jamaica – September 12 – 14th, 2019 – 21 Hours

Presenter
  • Montrose Area Realtors
    First Indicators of Forgery 2014
  • International Conference – Jamaica
    September 10, 2015 Ink Analysis – Analysis under Filters and IR Lighting
  • Interactive Seminar & Workshop – Denver Colorado – September 6th – 9th, 2017
    Working in Photoshop Elements & Word
    Is it the Scanner or Cut & Paste?

  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Seminar & Workshop
    Denver, Colorado – September 6th – 9th, 2017 – 22 hours
    Co-Ordinator & Host
  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Interactive Webinar & Workshop
    Online – August 24th – 25th, 2018 – 12 hours
    Co-Ordinator & Host
  • International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) – Jamaica
    September 13, 2019
    Is Document Examination a Science?

Publications

Is Document Examination a Science?
Published in “The Scientific Journal of the International Association of Document Examiners
Volume 2 – Fall 2015

Laboratory Equipment
  • AmScope stereoscope with a digital camera attached .5 – 30X magnification
  • MiScope IR/UV Microscope 40 – 140X magnification
  • MiScope Filter Wheel (Blue and UV lighting)
  • ProScope Micro Mobile wireless microscope 10 – 180X magnification
  • Numerous other magnifying devices
  • Light box

  • Various measuring devices
  • HP Computer with a HP OfficeJet Pro copier
  • Printer

  • Scanner Combination

  • Kyocera Combination Copier
  • Various art programs installed on desk top computer
  • Asus Laptop Computer
  • Fuji 12.2 Mega Pixels 18X Optical Zoom camera
  • NeuroScript MovAlyzeR version 6
Professional Memberships
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Logo

Librarian and Member
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE)
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International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Logo

VP & CE Education Chair and Member
International Association of Document Examiners (IADE)
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Rocky Mountain Division of International Association of Identification (RMDIAI) Logo

Member
Rocky Mountain Division of International Association of Identification (RMDIAI)
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International Graphonomics Society

Research and Member
International Graphonomics Society (IGS)
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