Hackman, Lucina


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Personal profile


I am currently employed at the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee as Principal Investigator Education and Training in forensic science, prior to this I worked at the award winning Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification as a Senior Lecturer in charge of MSc courses.  I also ran the award-winning National UK DVI training. I taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervised their research projects as well as providing input into both senior police and SOCO training courses.  

I am a practising forensic anthropologist and have undertaken a wide range of casework in this capacity.  One of my areas of specialty is in the identification of age in the living for the purposes of assisting investigations in asylum seekers and refugees, and I have passed the proficiency test in age estimation as set by the Study Group on Forensic Age Diagnostics of the German Association of Forensic Medicine.  I have authored a chapter in a recent text on this subject, am co-editor on two texts on human identification, have peer reviewed publications and have authored a large number of book chapters.  I supervise PhD students in various projects including the analysis of heat exposed bone, age estimation from MR images and the comparison of epidermal and dermal fingerprints.

I hold an MSc in Biological and Forensic Anthropology and a PhD in Forensic Anthropology.  I am a consultant on the Virtual Anthropology Service run by the University of Dundee providing coverage for police forces throughout Scotland and N. Ireland on a daily basis.  

I have given expert evidence in both Scottish and English courts on a number of occasions in relation to both trauma analysis, identification and age estimation.  I have been recognised as a member of the Home Office, UK Disaster Victim Identification response capability.  I am a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Member of the Royal Society of Biology.  I am chair of the Forensic Anthropology committee for the Royal Anthropological Institute and I am professionally accredited at FA1 Level with the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) and am a registered forensic expert on the forensic expert database of the National Crime Agency

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Projects 2019 2023

Research Output 2008 2019

Guidelines for best practice: Imaging for age estimation in the living

Doyle, E., Márquez-Grant, N., Field, L., Holmes, T., Arthurs, O. J., van Rijn, R. R., Hackman, L., Kasper, K., Lewis, J., Loomis, P., Elliott, D., Kroll, J., Viner, M., Blau, S., Brough, A., Martín de las Heras, S. & Garamendi, P. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging. 16, p. 38-49 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Growth Plate
Hospital Radiology Department
best practice
4 Downloads (Pure)

Dental Age Assessment using Demirjian’s Eight Teeth Method and Willems Method in a Tertiary Hospital

Agrawal, N. K., Hackman, L. & Dahal, S., 31 Dec 2018, 56, 214, p. 912-916 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Tertiary Care Centers
Forensic Anthropology
Third Molar
Child Abuse

Activities 2008 2018

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Guest lecturer at SCBA conference

Lucina Hackman (Member)
24 Nov 2018

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

BAHID conference-Age Estimation in the Living

Lucina Hackman (Organiser)
12 Apr 201214 Apr 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

BAHID conference-Age Estimation in the Living

Lucina Hackman (Invited speaker)
13 Apr 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

SUII workshop-Scots Law of Evidence

Lucina Hackman (Invited speaker)
30 May 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Winter Meeting: Symposium on Anatomy and Matters Forensic

Lucina Hackman (Speaker)
4 Jan 2008

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Corstorphine Hill body

Caroline Wilkinson, Lucina Hackman & Sue Black


31 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Mummy returns to Elgin

Lucina Hackman & Caroline Wilkinson


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other


Skeletal age estimation and the epiphyseal scar: challenging the status quo

Author: Davies, C. M., 2013

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor) & Hackman, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy