Lucina Hackman


Senior Lecturer in Human Identification
Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee

Senior Lecturer in Human Identification and expert forensic practitioner

Currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Human Identification, Dr Hackman runs the MSc in Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology.  She also presents to senior police both nationally and internationally and is involved as a specialist advisor in relation to mass fatality planning both in Scotland.

Dr Hackman is a Certified Level 1 Forensic Anthropologist accredited by examination by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. She is also a registered expert practitioner in forensic anthropology on the forensic expert database of the National Crime Agency.

Dr Hackman has worked extensively in casework in both Scotland and the remainder of the UK including investigations into high profile deaths, suspicious deaths, child deaths, age estimation in the living and recovery of bodies from scenes including fire scenes.  She has also given evidence in court in both England and Scotland.

Her casework experience includes body recovery, analysis of skeletal remains for identification and investigation purposes for both juvenile and adults. Her special areas of expertise include analysis of dismembered remains, age estimation in the living and analysis of images including analysis of trauma and identification of unidentified remains from CT scans.  

Areas of research include age estimation in the living techniques, analysis of images, especially CT and analysis of trauma including the analysis of dismemberment.

I am employed in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee as a Senior Lecturer in Human Identification.  My main role will be running the new MSc in Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology but I also teach undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervise their research projects.  I also actively partake in designing, teaching and running CPD courses which train police and police support staff.


  • Hackman, L. and Black, S. (2012) The reliability of the Greulich and Pyle atlas when applied to a modern Scottish population. Online Oct 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02294.x
  • Davies, C., Hackman, L., and Black, S. (2012) A test of the Whitaker scoring system for estimating age from the bones of the foot. Online Oct 2012. DOI:10.1007/s00414-012-0777-4
  • Hackman, L. and Black, S. (2012) Does mirror imaging a radiograph affect reliability of age assessment using the Greulich and Pyle atlas? Journal of Forensic Sciences 57(5): 1276-1280.
  • Hackman, L. and Black, S.M. (2010) Applying virtual ID. Police Professional, 220, 16-18.

Books and book chapters:

  • Purves, S., Woodley, L. and Hackman, L. (2011) Age Determination in the Adult. In Forensic Anthropology 2000-2010. (Ed Black, S. and Ferguson, E.) CRC Press, London
  • Hackman, L., Buck and Black, S.M. (2010) Age Evaluation in the Skeleton. In Age Estimation in the Living (Ed, Black, S., Aggrawal. A., and Payne-James J.) Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Black, S., Sunderland, G., Hackman, L and Mallet, X. (2011) Disaster Victim Identification, CRC Press, London.
  • Black, S. M., Walker, G, Hackman, L. and Brooks, C (2010) Disaster Victim Identification: The Practitioner's Guide, Dundee University Press, Dundee.

Selected Media

  • Crimewatch 25th February 2010
  • Real Crime; The jigsaw murder. 2nd July 2012