Forensic Technology Center of Excellence


TEMPLATE – Podcast

TEMPLATE – Podcast

Original Release Date: October 22, 2021

In the first episode of our Workforce Resiliency season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Jenn Rineer, a program manager and research psychologist in RTI International’s Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science, and Kelly Keyes, a research forensic scientist in RTI’s Center for Forensic Sciences, to discuss workforce resiliency among medicolegal death investigators.

Medicolegal death investigators face consistent exposure to stress and traumatic events on the job, yet there is limited research on the daily pressures these professionals experience. An NIJ study led by Dr. Rineer interviewed 900 medicolegal death investigators to gain more information on the driving sources of stress among these practitioners, with the goal of developing better interventions to mitigate stress. Listen along as these experts discuss the responsibilities medicolegal death investigators are tasked with, the difficulty of retaining good staff, and their findings on work-related stress within this profession in this episode of Just Science.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Maureen Platt has served as the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Waterbury since 2011. She served as the Chairperson for the Commission on the Standardization of Evidence in Sexual Assault Investigations from 2009-2020.

Denise S. Covington (MBA, MSN, RN, SANE-A) is a board-certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Adults and Adolescents, with a background in emergency nursing. In 2010, Ms. Covington was hired by the Connecticut Judicial Branch, Office of Victim Services to develop, implement and manage a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Program for the purpose of ensuring skilled, professional and trauma-informed treatment of patients who report a sexual assault within Connecticut’s acute care hospitals. Ms. Covington is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), and served as the organization’s 2020 President.

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