Marilyn T Miller, Ed.D.


Associate Professor Emerita

Marilyn Miller is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned a master’s degree in forensic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education from Johnson & Wales University in post-secondary educational leadership.

Professional experience
Miller is an associate professor emerita in Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a post-secondary educator, she taught a wide variety of forensic science and crime scene investigation classes to both forensic science and criminal justice majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests are centered around bringing science to the crime scene as a method for ensuring that all physical evidence is found and used as part of a criminal investigation.

Professional accomplishments
She is a Fellow in the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Chemical Society. She has presented and taught as part of hundreds of forensic seminars across the United States and internationally.

Before coming to VCU, she worked as a supervisor and forensic scientist for law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. She has testified over 400 times in county, state and federal courts of law as an expert witness in the field of forensic sciences and crime scene reconstruction. She has participated in hundreds of crime scene investigations, both as an active investigator and recently, as a consultant for both state and defense attorneys.


  1. Miller, M. & Massey, P. (to be completed December 2014). The Crime Scene: a Visual Experience. SanDiego: Elsevier.
  2. Miller, M., & Jones, P. (2014).  “Chapter 3: Crime Scene Investigation”, in Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific And Investigative Techniques (4th Ed)., Nordby, J, James, S., and Bell, S.(Eds.), Boca Raton,FL: CRC Press.
  3. Miller, M.  (February 2014). Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual. San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier.
  4. Miller, M. (July 2011). Book Review. “An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation” by Aric W. Dutelle. In Investigative Sciences Journal, Vol. 3 (2).
  5. Miller, M. (March, 2011).  Book Review. “Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism” by James Girard. In Investigative Sciences Journal, Vol. 3 (1).
  6. Lee, H., Palmbach, T., and Miller, M. (In progress 2010). Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook (2nd Edition). Boston: Academic Press-Elsevier.
  7. Miller, M. (2009). “Chapter 35-Crime Scene Reconstruction” in Forensic Sciences, Wecht, C. (Ed.), Lexis-Nexis.
  8. Miller, M., (2009).  “Chapter 10: Crime Scene Investigation”, in Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific And Investigative Techniques (3rd Ed)., Nordby, J. and James, S., (Eds.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  9. Miller, M. (2008). “Eyewitnesses, Physical Evidence, and Forensic Science: A Case Study of State of NC v. James Alan Gell”. Victims and Offenders. 3:142-149.
  10. Miller, M. (2001). “Obtaining Forensic Science Internships”, Young Forensic Scientists Forum Newsletter, in AAFS Academy News, (Vol. 31) 3.
  11. Lee, H., Palmbach, T., and Miller, M. (2001). Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook (1st Edition). Boston: Academic Press-Elsevier.
  12. Miller, M., (2002).  “Chapter 9: Crime Scene Investigation”, in Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques (1st Edition)., Nordby, J. and James, S., (Eds.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  13. Miller, M., (2005).  “Chapter 10: Crime Scene Investigation”, in Forensic    Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques (2nd Ed)., Nordby, J. and James, S., (Eds.), Boca Raton, FL: CRCPress.