About Gordon H. Barland, Ph.D.

Dr. Barland has more than thirty years of experience with the polygraph. He graduated with honors from the federal polygraph school which was the forerunner of the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute. Both his Master’s and doctoral research was on the accuracy of the polygraph. He has examined hundreds of criminal suspects at the request of defense attorneys, police agencies, and prosecutors.

For fourteen years (1986 through 2000) Dr. Barland worked at the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (DoDPI), where he taught countermeasures, conducted research, and provided operational support to various federal agencies. Based upon his research, he developed a 40 hour course on polygraph countermeasures and how to detect them. Prior to his retirement from DoDPI, he was the Federal Government’s primary authority on polygraph countermeasures. For well over ten years, Dr. Barland served annual two week tours of active duty with the polygraph office of the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) prior to his retirement as a Lt. Colonel from the Army Reserve.

Dr. Barland has taught psychology and physiology at a number of polygraph schools, including DoDPI, the Backster School of Lie Detection, the University of Houston polygraph course, the Southwest School of Polygraph, the Canadian Police College in Ottawa. In addition, he has presented polygraph instruction or workshops at the FBI Academy in Quantico VA, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the U.S. Secret Service, the USAF Office of Special Investigations Academy, and for the Mexican Government [the National Institute of Forensic Sciences – Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses (INACIPE) and the Centro de Investigacion y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN)] in Mexico City. In addition to numerous papers presented at professional conferences in America, he has also been invited to present papers or colloquia for the Israel National Police in Jerusalem, at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and at the meeting of the British Psychological Society in Swansea, Wales.

He has presented briefings for various Senate and House committees, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the White House. In addition, he has published numerous articles in professional and scientific journals, and authored or co-authored two chapters in books on the polygraph. He has testified as an expert witness in over thirty state, federal and military courts. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the DoD Polygraph Institute and of the University of Virginia.

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