Administrators: Jo-Anne Varin, Limestone Technologies.
Gregory C. Adams, M.A., Chief Instructor:
(Certified Primary and PCSOT Instructor)
Gregory Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Regis College in Denver, Colorado and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. He has held various positions in both military and civilian law enforcement since 1975. Greg has attended innumerable training course including the Command College, Agency Administration and Executive Leadership courses. He was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation District Attorney Investigator’s School and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Academy.
In 2002 Greg retired as a Military Police Major from the United States Army Reserves after 31 years of active and reserve service. He served as both an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer with several overseas tours and an assignment as an instructor for Military Police Officer Advance Course at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Following his retirement as a municipal Chief of Police in Washington State, Greg successfully completed the Polygraph Examiner Training Course conducted by the Backster School of Lie Detection.
In December 2004, Greg was invited to return to the Backster School of Lie Detection as an instructor and polygraph examiner. This has provided him a unique opportunity to receive extensive and advanced training directly from Cleve Backster. He has been the Principal/Primary Instructor since 2005. In 2009, Greg received the Outstanding Graduate Award from Cleve Backster and the Backster School of Lie Detection.
JT Adams, M.A., Instructor:
JT Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Counseling emphasis from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a Master of Arts degree from Alameda University in June of 2000. She has held various positions in the counseling field, providing a variety of services, including three internships.
Early in 2005, JT attended the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California where she completed the Basic Polygraph Examiner Training Course and Basic Post Conviction Sex Offender Training Course. The Backster School of Lie Detection is accredited by the American Polygraph Association and enjoys a world-wide reputation second to none. In July, 2005, JT was hired by Backster Associates as a polygraph examiner under the direct mentorship of Cleve Backster.
In March, 2008, JT was awarded an APA Certified Primary Instructor Certificate and she became involved in teaching at the Backster School of Lie Detection. Later that year, JT was appointed as the School Registrar and she remains in that capacity today.
JT received the Outstanding Graduate Award directly from Cleve Backster in December, 2011 in recognition of hard work and dedication to the polygraph profession.
Carol Atkinson, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology); MS (Nursing):
American Polygraph Association Certified Primary Instructor and PCSOT Instructor.
Carol Atkinson received an Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic Emphasis. She is a graduate of the Backster School of Lie Detection and continues to serve on numerous high level California State and other Professional Organizations. Dr. Atkinson has provided training to numerous examiners in the field and has conducted several professional training seminars. Carol currently teaches Psychology, Physiology, and Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT).
James Allan Matte, Ph.D., Textbook Author, Researcher, and Originator of the Matte Quadri-Track Technique
Jim Matte is a former Special Agent of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) USAF, and a retired C.I.D. Special Agent, USA. He is a 1972 graduate of the Backster School of Lie Detection, and the author of three textbooks and a supplement on forensic psychophysiology using the polygraph, plus numerous published scientific studies on forensic psychophysiology. (www.mattepolygraph.com) Jim teaches the Matte Quadri-Track Technique and Research.
Scott Smith, J.D., Criminal Investigator Attorney and Polygraph Examiner
Scott is a graduate of the Backster School of Lie Detection and currently works for the Colorado Department of Corrections running active polygraphs for the Inspector General’s Office. Scott teaches legal issues in polygraph.
Frank Westrum, M.S., retired 28 years with the Washington State Department of Health. Formerly an Anatomy and Physiology Instructor with Seattle University. Frank teaches Physiology.
Other Guest Instructors: Includes current prominent attorneys, law enforcement officers and other appropriate professionals in related disciplines depending upon location and availability.