Michelle Peace

Associate Professor
Department of Forensic Science at VCU
Michelle Peace

Dr. Peace received her B.A. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, a Master of Forensic Science from George Washington University, and her Ph.D. from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  The focus of her doctoral work was to study entomological evidence as an alternative matrix for toxicological analyses.  

            Dr. Peace is currently an Associate Professor for the Department of Forensic Science at VCU (FEPAC-accredited).  She is one of the founding faculty for the Department, and has served as Associate Chair for more than 4 years.  She also served as the Interim Chair for 4 years, expanding the faculty, physical space, and research initiatives in the Department.  Dr. Peace has served as a manager in a private HHS-NLCP forensic drug testing laboratory and has worked as a scientist for Procter & Gamble, where she holds 3 patents.

            Dr. Peace is currently the PI for an NIJ grant studying the efficacy of electronic cigarettes, particularly as they pertain to substance use and abuse, and has served as the PI for a sub-grant from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence at RTI, in which she managed a complex evaluation of crime scene scanners, collaborating with 4 law enforcement agencies. 

            Dr. Peace served on the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) for 4 years to help develop standards in the practice of forensic toxicology.  She is currently the President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), and is a member of the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  She is also a member of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Impaired Driving Division.

            Dr. Peace has conducted continuing education workshops for professionals internationally and is a faculty member for Virginia’s Forensic Science Academy which is a codified program to train law enforcement regarding the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence from a crime scene.  She has also developed workshops for primary and secondary education and a community engagement enterprise to address STEM education in middle schools.