About Lerah Sutton
Dr. Lerah Sutton is the Director of the Forensic Medicine Educational Program at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine and the Assistant Director for the UF Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. As Program Director she teaches numerous academic courses on topics including Artifacts of Decomposition and Forensic Investigations within the Forensic Medicine Master’s Degree Program – a program for which she was instrumental in the design and development – and oversees other program faculty, instructors, and staff. As Assistant Director of the Maples Center she oversees the creation, implementation, and instruction of continuing education courses for law enforcement and forensic science professionals. She is also a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and the Executive Director of the International Forensic Medicine Association. She is also a member of numerous additional professional organizations including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Council of Forensic Science Educators, the International Crime Scene Investigators Association, the Florida Association of Medical Examiners, and the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification. She holds five degrees from the University of Florida: an interdisciplinary PhD earned between the Forensic Medicine Division and the Department of Anthropology, a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, Graduate Certificates in Forensic Death Investigation and Veterinary Forensic Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology which she earned with highest honors. Dr. Sutton’s research interests and areas of specialization include human decomposition, estimation of the postmortem interval, forensic taphonomy, clandestine grave detection, forensic entomology, and comparative osteology. At the request of law enforcement agencies, medical examiner and coroner’s offices, and academic institutions nationwide, she frequently responds to death investigation scenes, consults on both active and cold cases, and instructs hands-on workshops and specialized forensic education seminars.