Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Forensics BS


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Joshua Hill, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Janet Donaldson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Criminal Justice


The purpose of this thesis was to determine the existence of any correlation between forensic scientists experiencing trauma and levels of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. A survey created in Qualtrics with demographic questions and measurement questionnaires for each mental health disorder was utilized for this study. While there was little statistical analysis due to a small sample size, results showed a correlation between experiencing anxiety and PTSD. Research also illustrated that there were no respondents that reported having no level of the mental health disorders listed.

Keywords: forensic scientist, trauma, mental health, anxiety, depression, PTSD