Maria Torre, M.S.

Maria Torre Headshot
Senior Lecturer
Coordinator - M.S. Forensic Technology

Forensic Science Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

M.S. Forensic Science, concentration in Advanced Investigations

B.S. Forensic Science

About Maria

Maria Torre uses her educational, training, and professional background in forensic science to teach a variety of courses at the university. She has experience working both in the field and in a traditional laboratory setting.

Most recently, Maria worked in the Forensic Unit in the Waterbury Police Department in Waterbury, CT as a Crime Scene Technician. She was responsible for the examination of a range of scenes, including death investigations, sexual assaults, firearms related incidents, burglaries, and many more. Maria also participated in several cold case investigations by assisting with evidence collection, re-examination and documentation of previous scene locations, and reconstruction.

Prior to that, Maria worked as a Forensic Scientist in the Yonkers Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory in Yonkers, NY. There, she focused on the analysis of controlled substances, and processing evidence collected for fingerprint development using physical and chemical development methods.

Maria has received extensive training both internally with her respective departments and with various private, state and federal agencies. Training courses covered topics including crime scene processing and photography, fingerprint development and comparison, fracture match, infrared spectroscopy, courtroom testimony and others. She has testified in court for her work in controlled substance analysis and crime scene examination.

Maria is a Lifetime member of the American Criminal Justice Association, the Northeast Association of Forensic Scientists, and the CT Chapter of the International Association for Identification, where she serves as Secretary of the organization.

Courses Taught
  • FORS 2215 Introduction to Forensic Science for Non-Science Majors
  • FORS 2217 Introduction to Forensic Science II for Forensic Science Majors
  • FORS 3303 Forensic Science Laboratory for Non-Science Majors
  • FORS 4415 Crime Scene Investigation
  • FORS 4456 Forensic Science Capstone
  • FORS 6616 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • FORS 6664 Forensic Field Technology Laboratory
  • CJST 3399 Professional Practices in Criminal Justice
  • CJST 4501 Criminal Justice Internship
  • UNIV 1141 Life on Earth (Drugs/Identity)

In the Media

The Charger Blog

Criminal Justice Students Excel at Regional Conference

Members of the University’s American Criminal Justice Association chapter recently competed with students from across the northeast, taking home a variety of awards, building their skills, and interacting with and learning from K9s and their handlers.

University News

University Ranked Best in the Country to Study Forensic Science rated the University of New Haven in its 2021 ranking of the top colleges in the United States to pursue a degree in forensic science, lauding the unique and innovative hands-on learning opportunities and faculty with industry experience who continue to make an important impact in the field.