Catyana Falsetti

Catyana Falsetti

Catyana Falsetti

Adjunct Faculty

Environmental Justice, Social Justice, Climate Change, Sustainability, Resilience, Placemaking

She is the Urban Planner/Zoning Administrator and Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Dumfries, Virginia and serves on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission Waste Management Board. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism.

Catyana worked as a forensic artist and investigator around the country. She was employed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale Florida as a full-time Forensic Artist. There she focused on the identification of unidentified decedents through post mortem image development and facial reconstructions.  

Her other experience includes serving as a Crime Scene Investigator for the Prince William County Police Department in Northern Virginia, and as a Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Northern Virginia and similarly for the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, Texas. She has also worked as a Forensic Exhibit Specialist for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and as a Faculty Associate for Arizona State University.  

Catyana has also taught courses at Arizona State University and to the Bata Police force in Equatorial Guinea on the continent of Africa.

Her first novel, “Facing Death”, was inspired by her work as a forensic artist and death investigator in the Washington, D.C. area.  The forensic details are all taken from actual experience.

Selected Publications

  • 2018 - Planning for a Sustainable Future. A spring 2018 collaborative report of Arizona State University’s Project Cities & the City of Apache Junction.
  • 2018 - Understanding Homelessness. A Collaborative Report of Arizona State University’s Project Cities & the City of Apache Junction.                                 
  • 2018 - Open-source Tools for Dense Facial Tissue Depth Mapping (FTDM) of Computed Tomography Models. Human Biology  
  • 2017 - Forensic Evidence Management: From Scene to Courtroom (Forensic Art Chapter), CRC Press. Boca Raton, Florida       
  • 2016 - Craniofacial Analysis of 3D Computed Tomography (CT) Models and a New Method for Dense Facial Tissue Depth Mapping: A Collaboration Between Forensic Science Researchers and Forensic Art Practitioners. Poster Presented at the Annual Meeting of Forensic Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.  Terrie Simmons-Ehrhardt; Catyana R. Skory Falsetti, MFS; Christopher J. Ehrhardt, PhD    
  • 2016 - Facing Death, A mystery novel                      
  • 2014 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Identification of a Missing Victim of a Motorcycle Accident British Association for Human Identification) 11th Scientific Conference, co-authors with Moraitis K, Eliopoulos C, Zorba E, Mitsea AG, Falsetti C, Spiliopoulou    
  • 2012 - National View of Forensic Art - Poster Presentation American Academy of Forensic Sciences, co-authored with Sandra Enslow   
  • 2011 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Identification of a Missing Victim of a Motorcycle Accident British Association for Human Identification) 11th Scientific Conference, co-authors with Moraitis K, Eliopoulos, Zorba E, Mitsea AG, Falsetti (nee Sawyer) C, Spiliopoulou                                                                                                                  

Courses Taught

INTS 334 - Environmental Justice

Education

Catyana R. Skory Falsetti received her formal education in history and anthropology from the State University of New York at New Paltz; she then completed the Master’s Degree in Forensic Sciences from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She received a second Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University and completed an internship at the United Nations Population Fund in New York.