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IHIA Advisory Board

The Advisory brings a group of professionals representing various aspects of violent crime and homicide investigations. This group of individuals provide the IHIA and its members with recommendations, guidance, and assistance to ensure the success of the IHIA.

Lieutenant Commander (Ret) Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce is the Vice-President of Client Relations for Vigilant Solutions. Tom is a retired member of the NYPD in the rank of Lieutenant Commander of Detectives. He commanded the NYPD Cold Case Squad upon his retirement and additionally held many other roles within the detective and organized crime bureaus. Tom estimates either working on as a detective or managing as a supervisor on over 500 homicides and 75,000 criminal investigations during his career. Prior to working with Vigilant Solutions, Tom was the Director of Law Enforcement Market Planning for LexisNexis Government Services. In his roles at Vigilant Solutions and Lexis Nexis Tom has been responsible for product management on public safety solutions; focusing on software and data products, some of which are patented, that assist analysts and investigators generate leads to help solve cases. Tom often lectures on various subject matters relating to Homicide Investigations and has published numerous articles in law enforcement industry journals on criminal investigation best practices.

Dr. P. Michael Murphy

Dr. P. Michael Murphy is the Coroner for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner and has been with the office since 2002. In addition, he served as the Interim Director of Juvenile Justice Services for Clark County while dual filing department head positions for over six months in 2005. As Coroner, Dr. Murphy brings thirty plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position, working as an entry level police officer in Kansas City, Kansas to serving as Chief of Police. He has worked for several municipalities including Boulder City, Mesquite, City of Las Vegas and now Clark County.

Michael has served and continues to serve on numerous committees at the federal, state and local levels. Michael has a doctoral degree is Business Administration with California Pacific University . He received Administrator of the Year Award from ASPA's Nevada Chapter in 2004 and Clark County Director of the Year for 2006.

Dr. Murphy has been a guest lecturer and instructor regarding law enforcement topics and a wide variety of motivational presentations. He has been honored to provide instructional guidance internationally to law enforcement agencies in Russia, China, Azerbaijan and most recently Tanzania.

Dr. Erin Kimmerle

Erin H. Kimmerle, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Scientific Director for the Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science (IFAAS) at the University of South Florida where she runs the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory and teaches. Recently she created an online graduate program in “Crime Scene Investigations into Violent Crimes”, focusing on long term missing and unidentified persons and investigations into homicide, cold case, and crimes against juveniles.

Currently, she oversees a number of large state wide projects including the Florida Cold Case Initiative and the Investigations into Deaths and Burials at the Former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. She is the co-author of the book, Skeletal Trauma: Identification of Injuries in Human Rights Abuse and Armed Conflict (with Jose Pablo Baraybar, CRC Press, 2008) and has published and presented more than 100 articles, case reports, and scientific papers. Her research in forensic anthropology is focused on skeletal trauma and pathology, human identification, and human skeletal variation.

IFAAS and the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory at USF are dedicated to working with Florida’s law enforcement agencies to solve violent crimes in Florida. Specifically, they use forensic science, emerging technology, and innovative crime scene methods to help identify missing, endangered, exploited, and unidentified persons. They provide expert crime scene analysis, training on cold case resolution, human trafficking, clandestine burial recovery, and identification of missing and endangered persons. 


Dr. Bruce Harry

Dr. Harry is a forensic psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. Born and reared in Saint Louis, Dr. Harry’s interest in criminal behavior was inspired by the Greater Saint Louis a Major Case Squad. He graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1972 (B.A.) and in 1977 (M.D.), respectively. He completed his training in psychiatry in 1981, and then studied forensic psychiatry at Harvard. He then returned to join the faculty of the University of Missouri – Columbia. While at Harvard, Dr. Harry was introduced to members of the FBI-BSU (now BAU), with some of whom he subsequently collaborated on research relative to sexual and serial homicides. He also was introduced to IHIA in 1982 and joined IHIA in 1991.

He has continued to research, teach and practice forensic psychiatry. He has consulted with the Missouri State Board of Probation and Parole, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and in both in State and Federal Courts. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, an Associate Fellow (in Criminal Profiling) of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship, and a Project ALERT Volunteer with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He has devoted his academic career to the understanding and potential treatments of violent men and women, the understanding of violent criminal behavior, and serial killers in health care. More recently, he also has been working on mathematical, statistical and epidemiological models of homicides and their solution in the United States. He also has become interested in and consulted relative to cold cases.

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