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John J. Palmatier, Ph.D.

 

EDUCATION

EMPLOYMENT

TEACHING

PROF.ACTIVITIES

PAPERS

RESEARCH

HONORS/AWARDS

 

EDUCATION

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Ph.D.  Michigan State University, 1996
Social Science (Psychology and Criminal Justice)

M.S.  Michigan State University, 1991
Criminal Justice/Management and Evaluation

B.A.  Saginaw Valley State University, 1982
Psychology and Criminal Justice

INITIAL POLYGRAPH TRAINING
August 1983 – December 1983 (Class 83-2)
Canadian Police College, directed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),
 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Private Sector

2004 – Present

Consultant/Polygraph Examiner – conduct credibility assessments, research and provide consulting services regarding credibility and matters associated with the legal system/profession.

2003 – 2005

Adjunct Professor – teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Program.  Florida Metropolitan University, Pompano Beach, Florida

2002 – (Oct 2002)

Professor/Researcher -- conducted basic and advanced Lie detection courses administer Lie detection examinations and credibility assessment research for Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy Sciences, Beijing China.

2001 - 2002

Professor/Researcher – Conduct basic and advanced Lie Detection courses.  Administer Lie Detection examinations and Credibility Assessment Research for Tsinghua TongFang CO., LTD, 6 Floor, Xueyan B Building Tsinghua A University, Beijing 100084 China.

2000 - 2001

Vice President, Integritek Systems Inc. – Research, Development, and Training, for software designed for the assessment of credibility.

2000 - 2001

Verity Consulting – Develop, conduct and interpret credibility assessment research, administer credibility assessment examinations, provide information and testimony regarding police practices and procedures.

Civilian Law Enforcement

2003 – (Oct 2003)

Police Officer – Return to basic patrol officer role to reacquaint self with modern duties and responsibilities and to acquire Florida Certification as a law enforcement officer.

1983 - 2000

Forensic Specialist - Polygraph Examiner (retired) - Michigan State Police First District Headquarters, Lansing, Michigan.

1977 - 1983

Uniformed Trooper - Michigan Department of State Police in Battle Creek and Bridgeport, Michigan.

1975 - 1977

Detective - Saginaw City Police Department, Saginaw, Michigan.

1973 - 1975

Uniformed Police Officer - Saginaw City Police Department, Saginaw, Michigan.

 
Michigan Army National Guard 

1985 - 1997

Special Investigating Officer - Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, Civil Rights Investigator (96-97), and Headquarters Michigan National Guard, examining allegations of sexual and racial discrimination, criminal offenses, waste/fraud and abuse.

1995 - 1997

Assistant Chief of Staff - Major, Headquarters Michigan National Guard.

1992 - 1995

Team Chief and Administrative Hearings Officer  - Officer Branch, Military Personnel Office, Headquarters, Michigan National Guard.

1991 - 1992

Operations and Training Officer - 46th Troop Command.

1990 - 1991

Commanding Officer - Detachment 1, Headquarters STARC, 72nd  Support Brigade.

1988 - 1990

Intelligence Officer - Headquarters 72nd Support Brigade.

1978 - 1988

Aeroscout Section Leader, Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Intelligence Officer - D Troop 1/238 Air Cavalry and 446th Attack Helicopter Battalions.

1977 - 1978

Communications Platoon Leader - F CO 425 Infantry (Ranger), Infantry Officer Basic and Airborne School, Ft. Benning, Georgia.

1976 - 1977

Weapons Platoon Leader - B CO 1/125 Infantry. 

1968 - 1973

Active Duty Military - Electronics technician/ specialist, Military Police officer and Military Police Investigator - with Army Security Agency.  Duty stations in Missouri, Massachusetts,  Japan, Thailand, Texas and Okinawa.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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2012 – Present
Criminal Justice Organization and Management, Credibility Assessment – Theory, Credibility Assessment – Methods,

Nova Southeastern University,
Davie, Florida.

November 2003 – January 2005
Overview of Criminal Justice System, Research writing, Interview and Interrogation, Research Methods, Graduate Level Statistics, Criminal Justice Management

Florida Metropolitan University,
Pompano Beach, Florida

February 2001 – 2003
Subjects related to Credibility Assessment, Criminal Investigation, and Police Procedures

Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy Sciences and Tsinghua TongFang CO., LTD Beijing, China

February 2000 – February 2001
Voice Analysis & Other Credibility Assessment Subjects

Integritek Systems Inc.
Tampa, Florida

September 1991
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, East Lansing, Michigan

  PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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Lectures 

2014

Polygraphs Construct Validity – a presentation prepared for the SLC- Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   St. Lucie County, Ft. Pierce Florida.

2014

Credibility Assessment: Preliminary Process Theory, The Polygraph Process, and Construct Validity – Canadian Association of Police Polygraphist Seminar and Meeting Canadian Police College.   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

2013

Do You Really Know Why Polygraph Works?: Construct Validity and The Assessment of Credibility – a presentation prepared especially for the American Polygraph Association, 48th Annual Seminar/Workshop.   Orlando, Florida.

2012

The Evolution of the Polygraph and Credibility Assessment in the People's Republic of China – a presentation prepared especially for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 64th Annual Scientific Meeting.   Atlanta, Georgia.

2010

The Neuroscientific Basis for Credibility Assessment – a presentation prepared especially for the American Polygraph Association 45th Annual Seminar/Workshop.   Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

2010

The Polygraph: 多导心理生理测谎测试  – A Presentation Prepared Especially for Renmin University of China Law School (the People's University of China).   Beijing, China.

2000

Lie Detection – Current Status/Future Directions – Ministry of Public Security, Science and Technology, and Investigation Bureaus.  Beijing, China

2000

The CVSA and Voice Stress Analysis – American Polygraph Association 35th Annual Seminar/Workshop.  Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1999

The CVSA and Voice Stress Analysis –  28th Annual National Polygraph Workshop. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.

1998

Validity of the Directed Lie Control Question - Continuing education presentation for the Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners.  Livonia, Michigan.

1996

Survey Research Interviews: Theory and Practice - Michigan Family Independence Agency, Office of Quality Assurance.  Lansing, Michigan.

1996

Deception in Child Abuse and Criminal Sexual Conduct Investigations - Michigan Office of the Children’s Ombudsman.  Lansing, Michigan.

1995

Factitious Disorder, Malingering and Deception in Mental Health settings - Michigan Recipient Rights Advocates Association.  Ypsilanti, Michigan.

1993

Was It A Crime? Munchausen and Munchausen by Proxy Syndromes - Macomb County Detectives Association.  Warren, Michigan.

1992

When The Truth Is Important: Interviewing Strategies - International Association of Internal Auditors.  East Lansing, Michigan.

1991/92

Credibility Assessment and The Polygraph - University of Michigan Law School.   Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1986-89

Credibility Assessment and The Polygraph - Criminal Justice courses at Michigan State University.  East Lansing, Michigan.

1987

Credibility Assessment and The Polygraph - Cooley Law School.  Lansing, Michigan.

1986-88

Graduate Research Assistance: Psychophysiological Research Focusing on Credibility Assessment – School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.  E Lansing, Michigan.

Panel Discussions, Colloquia & Seminars Presented:

2012 Continuing Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience Research, Their Relationship, and Application to Credibility Assessment in a Polygraph Context - Seminar for members of Public Security Bureaus, Prosecutor’s Office’s, and Public Security Police Universities and other parties throughout China. Nanning, People's Republic of China. 

2011 Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience Research and Their Relationship to Credibility Assessment in a Polygraph Context - Seminars for members of Public Security Bureaus, Prosecutor’s Office’s, and Public Security Police Universities and other parties from throughout China. Chengdu and Beijing, Xiao Tangshan, People's Republic of China.

2010 Cognitive Neuroscience and Other Related Advances in Credibility Assessment and the Polygraph - Seminars for members of Public Security Bureaus, Prosecutor’s Office’s, Public Security Police Universities and other parties from throughout China. Xiamen and Hangzhou, People's Republic of China.

2009 Advances in Lie Detection and Credibility Assessment - a seminar for members of Public Security Bureaus, Prosecutor’s Office’s, and Public Security Police Universities in China. Chongqing and Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. 

2008 The truth: who, what, where, when, why and how - a seminar presentation for the annual meeting of the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Naples Florida.

2008 Advances in Lie Detection and Credibility Assessment - a seminar for members of Public Security Bureaus, Prosecutor’s Office’s, and Public Security Police Universities in China. XiangShan, Beijing, People's Republic of China. 

2008 Credibility Assessment (The Polygraph Process) - An Introduction - presentation to the Public Defender's Office for the Florida 19th Circuit, St. Lucie County, Ft. Pierce Florida.

2008

Anatomy of Interrogation – CLE (Continuing Legal Education) presentation to the  Miami-Dade FACDL (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Young Lawyers Division, Miami, Florida.

2000 - 2003

Issues Related to Lie Detection and Credibility Assessment - Colloquiums and panel discussions for Ministry of Public Security (JingCha), and Prosecutor’s Office’s (JianChaYuan) throughout China.

1997

Scientific Advances in the Assessment of Credibility - Colloquium and panel discussion, the Ministry of Public Security.  Beijing, People's Republic of China.

1997

Management and Supervision In American Law Enforcement Agencies - Panel discussion, the Ministry of Public Security, Provincial Headquarters.  Guiyang, Guizhou, People's Republic of China.

1997

The Polygraph and Lie Detection in Criminal Investigations - Seminar and panel discussion, the Ministry of Public Security, Provincial Headquarters.  Guiyang, Guizhou, People's Republic of China.

1993

Factitious Disorder, Munchausen, and Munchausen by Proxy Syndromes - Professional Staff Organization, Tri-County Mental Health Board.  Lansing, Michigan.

1991

The Polygraph and Lie Detection in Criminal Investigations - Seminar and panel discussion, the Ministry of Public Security, Provincial Headquarters. Hangzhou, People's Republic of China.

1991

The Polygraph and Lie Detection: Theory and Research - Seminar, the Beijing Yanjing Science and Technology Corporation, the Ministry of Public Security.  Beijing, People's Republic of China.

1991

The Polygraph and Lie Detection Research - Colloquium and panel discussion. Interrogation Division, the Ministry of Public Security, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

1991

The Polygraph and Lie Detection Research - Colloquium and panel discussion.  Beijing Forensic Institute.  Beijing, People's Republic of China.

1990

The Polygraph and Its Use In Criminal Investigations - Colloquium and panel discussion. Tokyo Police Headquarters, Criminal Investigation Division, Tokyo, Japan.

Expert Testimony

2013 Polygraph and Related Validity Issues –  State of North Dakota vs. Thomas James Tepley, Case No. 08-2012-cr-03162, et al, South Central Judicial District, Burleigh County.

2012 CVSA and Related Validity Issues  –  Louisiana State Senate Sub-committee hearing testimony regarding the use of the CVSA for sexual offender testing.

2012 Polygraph and Related Validity Issues –  Florida Supreme Court directed review of a matter before the Florida Bar, Miami, Florida.

2009 Polygraph and Related Validity Issues –  State of Florida vs Andrew Michael Gosciminski, Case No: 562002-CF-03515A, 19th Judicial Circuit, St Lucie County

2008 Polygraph and Related Validity Issues –  State of Florida vs James Norman Albritton Case No. 2008-CA-197, 19th Judicial Circuit, Okeechobee County

2005  Polygraph and Related Validity Issues – U.S. Federal District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

2004

Polygraph and Related Validity Issues – U.S. Federal District Court, Miami, Florida

1996

Personnel Selection, Job Analysis, and Validity Assessment - Michigan Department of Civil Service.  Lansing, Michigan.

1993

Statement Analysis and Credibility; Police Patrol Activities - Michigan Department of Civil Service.  Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mount Clemens, Michigan.

1993

Personnel and Job Performance Evaluation, Instrument Construction and Validity Issues - Michigan Department of Civil Service.  Lansing, Michigan.

1991

The Criminal Investigation Process - Michigan Department of Civil Service.  Lansing, Michigan.

1990

Munchausen’s Syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - Barry County Circuit Court.  Hastings, Michigan.

1987

The Polygraph and Lie Detection - Shiawassee County Circuit Court. Corunna, Michigan. 

Professional Organizations:

2005 - Present
1990 – 1997

American Psychological Association.

2011 - Present

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

2010 - Present

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers   (ATSA)

1985 - Present

American Polygraph Association. 
School Accreditation Revision Committee (1992-93).

2008 - Present

 Florida Polygraph Association

1983 - 1993

Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists.

1985 - 2000

Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners.  Member, Board of Directors.

1988 - 1993

Midwest Criminal Justice Association.

 

SELECTED PAPERS

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Palmatier, J. J., & Rovner, L. (2015). Credibility Assessment: Preliminary Process Theory, the Polygraph Process, and Construct Validity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(1), 3-13. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.06.001


Palmatier, J. J., & Rovner, L. (2015). Rejoinder to commentary on Palmatier and Rovner (2014): Credibility Assessment: Preliminary Process Theory, the Polygraph Process, and Construct Validity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(1), 31-34. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.11.009


Palmatier, J.J. (2008).  Systemes d’analyse du stress dans la voix: vrais detecteurs de mensonges? Un point de vue des Etats-Unis [English Title - Voice Stress Analysis: Questions Separating Fact from Fantasy].  Actualité Juridique Pénal (3/2008, pp. 124-127) (Text in French). 

Horvath, F. & Palmatier, J.J. (2008).  Two Types of Control Questions and Two Question Formats on the Outcomes of Polygraph Examinations, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 53(4), 889-899.

Palmatier, J.J. & Zhang, X.H. (2002, Fall).  Lie Detection In China: Where Is It and Where Is It Going.  Evidence Forum. The Chinese Procurator Office: Publisher, Beijing, China. (Text in Chinese). 

Palmatier, J. J.  (1999, June) The CVSA: Modern Technological Innovation or "The Emperor's New Clothes"? GP Solo and Small Firm Technical Update.  American Bar Association: Chicago, Ill. 

Palmatier, J., Brandt, C., & Hunter, J. E. (1998, April).  Personality In Police Selection:  Examining Training and Job Performance Longitudinally.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial/ Organizational Psychologists, Dallas, Texas. 

Palmatier, J.   (1996).  The Big Five-Factors and Hostility in the MMPI and IPI: Predictors of Michigan State Trooper Job Performance.  Doctoral Dissertation. 

Kaufman, G., Smith, R., & Palmatier, J. (1994). An Assessment of Undercover Officer Spouse/Mate Relationships.   In J. T. Reese  & E. Scrivner (Eds.), Law Enforcement Families: Issues and Answers (pp.  111-115).  FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, Washington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office. 

Palmatier, J.   (1991). Analysis of Two Variations of Control Question Polygraph Testing Utilizing Exclusive and Nonexclusive Controls.  Master’s Degree Thesis. 

Palmatier, J.   (1989, October).  The detection of deception: A pilot study to examine within a real life context nonverbal behaviors and paralinguistic cues previously tested in the laboratory.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Criminal Justice Association, Chicago, Illinois. 

Palmatier, J.   (1988, October).  A comparison of two techniques and two types of control questions in the physiological detection of deception.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Criminal Justice Association, Chicago, Illinois. 

Palmatier, J.   (1988, October).  A review and analysis of social science paradigms in communication and eyewitness research.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Criminal Justice Association, Chicago, Illinois. 

Palmatier, J.   (1987, August).  Analysis of exclusive and non-exclusive controls utilizing two variations of control question polygraph testing.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Polygraph Association, Fort Worth, Texas.

  RESEARCH

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The Accuracy of the Guilty Knowledge Test Compared to the Control/ Comparison Question Test Using Probable Lie and Directed Lie Comparison Questions.  Proposal accepted, data collection finished, currently conducting data analysis and interpreting results.  Beijing Police University, Ministry of Public Security, Beijing, China

A Field Study to Test the Validity and Comparative Accuracy of Voice Stress Analysis As Measured by the CVSA: In A Psychophysiological Context.  Office of Naval Research Grant No. N00014-97-1-1025, final draft of research report being written and reviewed for submission to sponsoring agency. 

A Longitudinal Analysis of Police Selection/Screening Procedures Using Psychological Testing.  Final Report to Department of State Police May 99.

Personality Structure and Correlates of Truth and Deception in a Psychophysiological Context.  Instruments administered, data to be entered into database for further analyses.

The Validity of a Variant of Directed Lie Control Questions in a Psychophysiological Context.  Preliminary data analysis finished and results presented to Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners November 1998.

 

HONORS and AWARDS

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1996

Donald S. Leonard Award for Academic Achievement
Criminal Division, Michigan Bar Association.

1983 - 2000

Michigan State Police - Four Department Citations for professional excellence.

1982

B.A. Summa Cum Laude. Saginaw Valley State University

1979

Honor Graduate, Army Officer Aviator Course. 
Fort Rucker, Alabama.

1977

Leadership Honor Graduate, Officer Candidate School,
Michigan Military Academy.

1976

Distinguished Service Medal, Saginaw Police Department.  Saginaw, Michigan.

1975

Courageous Service Medal, Saginaw Police Department. 
Saginaw, Michigan

 

REFERENCES

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Frank Horvath, Ph.D.
803-751-9279
Prof. Emeritus, Michigan State University
Chief, Special Studies
National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA)
7540 Pickens Ave.
Fort Jackson, SC 29207-6804


Leo Wisniewski Jr.
703-338-3469
Retired Deputy Assistant Director
United States Secret Service
Chief Internal Security and Investigations Division
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528


Peter Munoz, United States Marshal
(616) 456-2438
Western District of Michigan
Federal Building
110 Michigan Avenue, N.W., Room 544
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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