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Purdue University - Discovery Park
Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar

Title

Assistant Professor 

Office

KNOY 225 

Office Phone

765-494-9982 

Education

PhD in Technology (Area of Concentration: Cyberforensics, Psychology), Purdue University, 2011
MA in Forensic Psychology, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2007
BA in Psychology; Law and Society, Purdue University, 2005
 

Research Areas

Behavioral Analysis of Digital Evidence Personality & Motivation of Cyberdeviants Code of Ethics in Digital Forensics 

Notable Awards

2015 - Outstanding Research Award, Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences
2014 - Outstanding Research Award, Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences
2014 - Best Paper Award, International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Fall 2014 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
2013 - Best Paper Award, 5th International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime (ICDF2C) in Moscow, Russia  

Notable Affiliations

IEEE Computer Society
International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) – Digital & Multimedia Sciences
American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)
American Psychological Association (APA) 

Publications

Multiple book and journal publications as well as academic presentations.  

Biography

Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) at Purdue University. Dr. Seigfried-Spellar has multiple publications, book chapters, and conference paper presentations, including international presentations in India, Ireland, Russia, and South Korea on the who and why of cybercrime. Specifically, Dr. Seigfried-Spellar studies the personality characteristics and socio-legal factors associated with cyberdeviance, such as Internet child pornography use, hacking, cyberbullying, trolling, and cyber threats via social media. In addition, Dr. Seigfried-Spellar has published in the area of digital forensics, specifically the ability to conduct a behavioral analysis of digital forensic evidence from child pornography investigations. Most recently, she published, along with Thomas J. Holt and Adam M. Bossler, the book, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics. Dr. Seigfried-Spellar is a member of the Digital and Multimedia Sciences section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the IEEE Computer Society, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Seigfried-Spellar also serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law as well as the International Journal of Psychology and Cyber Crime.