Tyler Counsil


Tyler has worked over a decade in the public and private laboratory sector, having been employed as a Microbiologist, DNA Specialist, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager, and Forensic Scientist throughout the span of his career. His most recent lab venture involved working as a Forensic Scientist with the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division. Tyler’s forensic training includes knowledge in the following fields: DNA and body fluid testing; drug analysis; questioned document analysis; firearms; fingerprinting; photography; trace evidence analysis; crime scene investigation; child forensic interviewing.

Additionally, Tyler has advanced experience in medicolegal death investigation, currently acting as Chief Deputy Coroner for Daviess County, Indiana, where he has honed his competencies in multidisciplinary team management, scene processing, evidence collection, and trauma-practicing death investigation.

In addition to his forensic and death investigation experience, Tyler has worked over a decade in higher education, where he has served as an Associate Professor and Departmental Chair for Child Advocacy Studies (CAST), Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs. Tyler possesses an in-depth understanding of program assessment and accreditation for both traditional and non-traditional curricula. Tyler’s academic duties continue outside the classroom through work as both a manuscript reviewer and editorial board member for a variety of peer-reviewed publication outlets. As an educator and first responder, Tyler recognizes the need for experiential training to prepare child-serving professionals to identify and respond to the varying forms of child maltreatment.

Tyler is dedicated to using his experience as a scientist, investigator and educator to support child advocacy initiatives and improve both academia and research within this realm. As the Director of CAST for Zero Abuse Project, he pledges to assist faculty with training, development, and implementation as it pertains to CAST programming at their institutions.

Dr. Counsil has a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College (Hanover, IN), a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Oakland City University (Oakland City, IN), and both a M.S. and Ed.D. in Biology from Ball State University (Muncie, IN).

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners
  • Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
  • National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators