Areas of Expertise
Efficacy of Forensic Evidence, Forensic Databases, Criminal Investigations
PhD, University of New Haven, Criminal Justice, 2017
MS, Florida Gulf Coast University, Criminal Forensic Studies, 2012
BS, Florida Gulf Coast University, Criminal Forensic Studies, 2009
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA-251B
Dr. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura is an instructor in FIU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice who specializes in forensic evidence and criminal investigation. Dr. Elink-Schuurman-Laura’s PhD in Criminal Justice is from the University of New Haven and her dissertation focused on the efficacy of CODIS, AFIS, and NIBIN. While completing her degree, Dr. Elink-Schuurman-Laura was the Senior Research Associate for an NIJ funded research project that focused on forensic evidence efficacy.
Dr. Elink-Schuurman-Laura also holds BS and MS degrees in Criminal Forensic Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. While at FGCU, Dr. Elink-Schuurman-Laura was the Project Manager for the Radford/FGCU Serial Killer Database, one of the largest non-governmental serial killer databases in the world. While obtaining her MS, Dr. Elink-Schuurman-Laura held volunteer positions in the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS), as well as the NCIC Cold Case and Missing Persons Task Force. As a graduate assistant, she was also in charge of administering and supervising several forensic science classes, including criminalistics and crime scene processing classes.