Élisabeth Cuerrier-Richer is Executive Director of Canadian Universities for Forensic Science since August 2020. Before taking up this position, she was co-founder of the CUFFS group and co-director of the organizing committee for the conference’s first edition, held in April 2019.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Anthropology, with a specialisation in forensic anthropology, from the University of Toronto. Her Master’s project evaluating ancestry assessment using 3D technology was the subject of several presentations at academic conferences in Canada and the United States.
After obtaining her Master’s degree, she completed an internship at Colorado Mesa University’s Forensic Investigation Research Station, in Colorado (U.S.). Her internship project led to a publication as a technical manual for the laboratory, to assist future interns in their study of the pathological conditions observed in the skeletal collection.
To broaden her knowledge ahead of the doctorate, she undertook training complements in Health Sciences at the Université de Montréal and completed a ground search and rescue certification with the Association québécoise des bénévoles en recherche et sauvetage.
Currently at Texas State University where she is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Kate Spradley, she is involved weekly in the Willed Body Donation Program (WBPD) at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS). She is also a doctoral instructional assistant for the course ANTH 3381 – Human Osteology.
As of July 2020, she joined the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)’s Scientific Program Committee for a two-year term. In February 2021, she enrolled as a French translator for the Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS). Finally, she volunteered in the CSFS’ 2021 Conference Committee as head translator and graphic designer for their virtual conference Forensic Science: A World of Opportunities, held from June 21st to 24th.