The Polygraph Institute

J. Patrick O’Burke, School Director & Primary Instructor

J. Patrick O’Burke is the primary school director for the Polygraph Institute. He has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience and retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety with a final position as the Commander of the State Fusion Center and Criminal Intelligence Analysis. he holds a Master Peace Officer certificate and an Instructor Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He has been licensed as a polygraph examiner for more than 33 years. He has frequently lectured on interviewing and interrogation, intelligence best practices, and police performance management.  He has also testified on police performance management in the United States Congress and Texas State legislature. He is the author of the Validated Interview Technique, a proven interview method based on research proven principles.

Mr. O’Burke has taught polygraph in Baghdad Iraq for the Department of Defense and the Iraqi government.  He has also instructed at the Texas Department of Public Safety Polygraph School, the Sturm School of Polygraph, and the University of Houston-Downtown Polygraph Program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is a member of the American Polygraph Association, the American Association of Police Polygraphists, and the National Polygraph Association. He is the 2013-2014 Vice President-Private for the American Polygraph Association. 

Gordon Moore, Primary Instructor

Mr. Moore is currently a polygraph program manager employed by the Las Vegas Nevada Metro Police Department. He has been employed as a polygraph examiner for more than 30 years and is well known for his professional awards and accomplishments in the field of polygraph. He has conducted more than 5000 polygraph examinations and has is the recipient of the Max Wastl Award from the AAPP in 2006 and the John E. Reid Memorial Award from the APA in 1999.  He holds a bachelors degree from American Technological University.

Andrew Longuski, SME Physiology Instructor

Andrew Longuski holds both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Longuski taught physiology in an educational environment and holds a Michigan State teaching certificate. Mr. Longuski has been employed by the Michigan State Police for more than 19 years and has extensive experience as a polygraph examiner and detective. Mr. Longuski has also lectured extensively in interview and interrogation for law enforcement and prosecutors in Michigan.

Victoria Churchman, SME Physiology Instructor

Victoria Churchman is a laboratory instructor and teaching assistant at Sul Ross University. She instructs in the Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology and in introduction to microbiology. Ms. churchman holds both Masters and Bachelors degrees from Sul Ross in the field of Biology.

Tiffany Niemann Collier, SME Psychology Instructor

Ms. Collier is a psychology instructor at the University of Texas Permian Basin. She has been a practicing polygraph examiner since 2005. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Psychology from Sul Ross State University. She has taught psychology aboard U.S. Navy vessels for the "Program for Afloat College Education" through Central Texas College. She has previously instructed for Western Texas College and Midland College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with more than five years experience working in inpatient psychiatric facilities. She holds memberships in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Human Research and Development.

Kenneth W. Dollinger, Attorney & SME Instructor

Mr. Dollinger is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and has significant experience as a judge, attorney, peace officer, and as a polygraph examiner. Mr. Dollinger is a graduate of Lamar University, South Texas School of Law in Houston and the University of Houston-Downtown Polygraph program. Mr. Dollinger has conducted thousands of polygraphs in criminal matters and sex offender supervision programs.


Other Guest Instructors are occasionally utilized on an ad hoc basis as required and that always meet minimum APA requirements.