Get to Know: Anna M. Cox

We are pleased to introduce our newest instructor, Anna M. Cox, who will be teaching our 40-hour Bloodstain Interpretation and Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis courses. Anna has consulted on hundreds of violent crime and homicide cases in five (5) states and federal and military jurisdictions. She has testified as an expert in many of the jurisdictions.

Career

Anna began her forensics career more than 20 years ago as a volunteer autopsy technician for the Hillsborough County (FL) Medical Examiner’s Office. After that, she was hired by the Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Section as a forensic science specialist. She began her bloodstain pattern training in 2001 and soon became their primary bloodstain pattern analyst, specializing in the chemical enhancement of latent and blood patterns. Agencies throughout Florida often called upon her to perform bloodstain pattern documentation and analysis. Anna left the sheriff’s office in 2013 to start Cox Forensic Consulting and Training.

Anna is a member of the International Association of Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and a grant peer reviewer for the United States Department of Justice. Anna has instructed courses in basic and advanced bloodstain pattern analysis, proper homicide processing techniques, and/or chemical enhancement of latent and blood patterns for law enforcement agencies, universities, attorney offices, and professional associations.

Education

Anna earned a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, a Certificate in Crime Scene Technology from St. Petersburg Junior College, a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation from the University of Florida, and a Master of Forensic Sciences with Specialization in Investigation from the National University in San Diego, CA. Some of her advanced graduate coursework included Forensic Analysis of DNA, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Medicine I and II, Law and Criminal Procedures, Forensic Photography, and Fingerprint Analysis. Her thesis was titled “Differentiating Impact Spatter from Transfer Stains on Textiles: Does the Introduction of Stain Resistant Moisture Wicking Fabric in Men’s Athletic Shirts Prohibit Correct Identification?” The yearlong thesis project required strict adherence to the Scientific Method.