Catyana Falsetti

Catyana Falsetti

Catyana Falsetti

Adjunct Faculty

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

Catyana was the Urban Planner/Zoning Administrator and Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Dumfries, Virginia and served on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission Waste Management Board. 

Previously, 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.  

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.  

Selected Publications

  • 2020 - Review: Environmental Health and the U.S. Federal System, by Greenberg, Michael R., and Dona Schneider. Journal of Planning Education and Research. February 11, 2020
  • 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                                                                                                                  

Grants and Fellowships

- Consultant on National Institute of Justice funded research (2014-DN-BX-K005) examining CT scans in relationship to soft tissue features for accuracy of facial approximation.

Courses Taught

INTS 334 - Environmental Justice

INTS 210 - Sustainable World

INTS 301 - Science in the News

BIS 390 -  Individualized Study

BIS 490 - Individualized Study - Senior Project

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.

She has also had training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Catyana is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at GMU.

Recent Presentations

 

  • Arizona Mystery Writers Association, Forensic Art                          2017
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensic exhibits             2016
  • Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (Arizona), Forensic Exhibits    2015
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Citizen’s Academy (monthly) 2014 – 2016
  • Florida Atlantic University – Historic Facial Reconstruction Case      2012
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy (monthly lectures), Forensic Art                                                                                  2008 – 2012
  • Florida International University – Forensic Art                              2010

In the Media

  • Included in featured articles:
    • “Project Cities student work together to solve local sustainability challenges” The State Press, AZ                                      2018
    • “Raze or renovate? Arizona State Fairgrounds faces uncertain future” AZ Central                                                                    2018
    • “Facing Death paints a picture of death investigation” Poughkeepsie Journal                                                                         2016
    • “Dead men do tell tales: Forensic artist tries to find name for Elizabethtown John Doe” Lancaster Online                       2014
    • “Corpses Without Names, Families Without Closure” The Miami Herald, FL                                                                    2011       
    • “Forensic Art: Where Crime and Art Meet” The Sun Sentinel, FL                                                                                 2010                     
    • “A arte ajudando a solucionar crimes” Art helping solve crimes Achei USA, FL                                                                      2009
    • “Anonymity of Death Echoes Life for Undocumented Latino Immigrants” Washington Post, DC                                 2007
    • “Her Work Gives Names to the Nameless” Texas Medical Center News, TX                                                                    2003
    • “Authorities ID Body Found on Parkway” The Roanoke Times, VA                                                                                       2002