In addition to our full time staff, our renowned faculty, selected from forensic science practitioners, professional educators, and widely published researchers, are thought-leaders and innovators in forensic science practice.
Instrumental Analysis/Analytical Forensic Toxicology
Advanced Analytical Forensic Toxicology
Francis Diamond is Technical Leader in the Criminalistics division of NMS labs. He is a graduate of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now De Sales University) with a B.S in Chemistry. He has worked at NMS labs for 33 years. His areas of expertise are in the techniques of separation and detection. He has developed analytical methods for measurements of various drugs such as amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, and general unknown screening. He has developed and integrated analytical techniques including derivatization, solid-phase extraction and deconvolution of mass spectral data. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers in the field of analytical toxicology. He has also participated in collaborative studies with instrument manufacturers and government agencies.
Ed Barbieri, PhDEdward.firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Lectures in Forensic Toxicology
Dr. Barbieri is currently a Forensic Toxicologist, Toxicology Technical Leader, and Assistant Laboratory Director with NMS Labs. Before joining NMS Labs in 1998, Dr. Barbieri was a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Hahnemann University, School of Medicine and Graduate School. In addition, he was a member of the Division of Toxicology in the Department of Pharmacology and was the Operations Director of the Stat Toxicology Laboratory both at Hahnemann University and at NMS. In addition, he worked for several years as a staff pharmacist and has maintained his license as a Registered Pharmacist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Barbieri obtained a B.S. in Pharmacy, an M.S. in Pharmacology, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Society of Forensic Toxicology, and the Americam Chemical Society. It the past he has been a reviewer and a member of the Editorial Boardand is a reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Analytical Toxicology. He has published extensively and has participated in 53 presentations at national and/or international scientific meetings.
Toxicologist and Adjunct Professor
Dr. Kacinko is a Toxicologist at NMS Labs and an Adjunct Professor in the department of chemistry at the Community College of Philadelphia and Arcadia University. She earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to arriving at NMS Labs, Dr. Kacinko worked for the National Institute on Drug abuse and for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a forensic chemist. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Society of Forensic Toxicologists.
Courtroom Testimony Skills
Laura is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She then obtained a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester. Currently, Laura serves as an Instructor at the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. In this role, Laura teaches classes about postmortem forensic toxicology, human performance impairment and best testimony practices. Laura’s current research interests include the identification of chemical agents used to commit drug facilitated crimes, the role of synthetic cannabinoids and novel psychoactive substances in cause of death determinations, and hair analysis in the pediatric population. Laura is Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) in the area of Toxicological Chemistry. She has been recognized by ABCC with an outstanding speaker award and currently serves as a NEAFS Research Grant Committee Member and as an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Science Master’s Program in Forensic Toxicology (Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation).
Eric Rieders, PhDAdjunct Professor
Dr. Rieders earned a Doctorate in Mathematics from Syracuse University and a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from Ripon College (Ripon, WI). His past experience includes positions as an analytical chemist, university faculty providing undergraduate and graduate instruction in the mathematical sciences, and in various management roles including as CEO of NMS Labs from 2006-2012. In addition to his teaching and other activities at the CFSRE, he is currently a Director at NMS Labs, Managing Director of Evanostics, LLC and the Chairman of the Board of the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation.
Allen Stewart, MSDeputy Sheriff Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
Allen Stewart is a Lieutenant with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office where he serves as the Bomb Squad Commander and Accreditation Manager. He has served with the Sheriff's Office since 2006. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office Allen had served with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring after 25 years of service at the rank of Corporal and in charge of the Troop K Forensic Services Unit. Allen has been an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia since 2009 and has taught Crime Scene Investigation Classes to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students. The Bomb Squad under his command has assisted graduate students from both Arcadia Forensics Science Program and the Jill Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University College, London England.
Allen had earned his Master's in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.
Richard NilsenLieutenant, Montgomery County Detective Bureau Forensic Services Unit
Richard Nilsen has been employed by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for two decades. He is the Lieutenant in charge of the Detective Bureau’s Forensic Services Unit and has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney. He previous served in the Detective Bureau’s Homicide Unit and has led or participated in more than 300 homicide investigations. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Nilsen served 12 years with the Lower Merion Police Department where his assignments included Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Platoon Investigator, SWAT Team member and Detective.
Mr. Nilsen obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1986 and 1987, respectively, from Villanova University and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1993. Since 1990, he has lectured extensively on criminal investigation procedures and legal issues affecting Pennsylvania patrolmen and detectives. For many years, he served as a Municipal Police Academy instructor and Associate Editor of the Pennsylvania Police Criminal Law Bulletin.