Ted Schwartz, M.S., ABC-GKE


M.S., Forensic Science, University of New Haven
B.S., Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry, West Chester University

About Ted

Mr. Schwartz has been working in the Forensic Science field since 1987. He started his career as a Forensic Chemist for the New Jersey State Police North Regional Laboratory in Little Falls, NJ. He then worked as a Criminalist Trainee for the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory. In 1991 he joined the Westchester County Forensic Laboratory and worked there for 30 years. He was a supervisor for over 18 years and was in charge of the Trace Evidence, Chemistry, Crime Scene and Audio/Video/Imaging sections.

His background includes casework experience in several sections of the forensic laboratory, including controlled substances, serology, DNA and, for the last 28 years of his career, trace evidence. He has been court-qualified as an expert witness in controlled substances, impressions, physical match, gunshot residue, paint, fibers, crime scene and others.

In addition to his work in the laboratory, Ted has been an adjunct professor for 36 years and is no stranger to the Forensic Science program at the University of New Haven. He began his teaching career in 1986 and received his Master’s degree here in 1987. In 1998 he moved on to Western Connecticut State University where he taught Forensic Science classes for the Justice and Law Administration Department.

Mr. Schwartz has several publications and has presented over forty papers at various forensic science conferences. He has also been the instructor of over twenty workshops given to fellow forensic scientists around the country in such subjects as fabric impressions, plastic bag comparisons and trace evidence.

Ted is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and is a past president of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the International Association for Identification and the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners.

Published Book Chapters and Articles

T. Schwartz, D. Rothenberg, B. Clark, Trace Evidence Recognition, Collection and Preservation, in Handbook of Trace Evidence, Ed. V. Desiderio, C. Taylor, N. Daeid, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2020

C. Lambert, B. Clark, T. Schwartz, T. Brettell, L. Quarino, Evaluation of the Evidentiary Value of Cable Ties, Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, Vol. 10, Issue 1, Dec. 2020, pp. 3-21

K. Karakkat, T. Schwartz, L. Quarino, Cobalt Chloride Hexahydrate as an Enhancement Reagent for Two-Dimensional Footwear Impressions Containing Ice-Melt Product Residue, Journal of Forensic Identification, Vol. 66, No.3, May/June 2016, pp. 196-207.

G. Ruano, E. M. Pagliaro, T. R. Schwartz, K. Lamy, D. Messina, R. E. Gaensslen, H. C. Lee, Heat-Soaked PCR: An Efficient Method for DNA Amplification With Applications to Forensic Analysis, BioTechniques, Vol. 13, No. 2, Aug. 1992, pp. 266-274.

J. Harrington, H. Heaney, C. McSweeney, L. Quarino, T. Schwartz, J. Versoza, Haptoglobin Typing in Canine Bloods, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 36, Sept. 1991, pp. 1561-1564.

T. Schwartz, E. Schwartz, L. Mieszerski, L. McNally, L. Kobilinsky, Characterization of DNA Obtained from Teeth Subjected to Various Environmental Conditions, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 36, July 1991, pp. 979-990.