Handler is a widely recognized polygraph instructor and researcher.
LEHI, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The America Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP) has named Converus Director of Professional Services Mark Handler its 2017 recipient of the Max Wastl Sr. Award. Handler, who previously served as the AAPP Research and Information Chair, also received this award in 2014.
Converus is a Utah-based tech start-up that develops credibility assessment tools. Its first product, EyeDetect, is the world’s first ocular-motor based lie detection technology and is regarded as the first breakthrough in effectively uncovering lies since the polygraph was invented nearly 100 years ago.
“What a great honor to have my years of supporting the polygraph and its role in credibility assessment again recognized,” said Handler. “I’m equally excited to lead the charge in supporting additional, scientifically validated credibility assessment tools like EyeDetect.”
Handler points out that the combination of EyeDetect with polygraph can help organizations achieve even greater outcome confidence when testing individuals for a variety of target behaviors.
According to AAPP, this award began in 1990 to pay homage to Max Wastl Sr. for his long and continued contribution to the polygraph profession. Winners of this award have made significant contributions, whether in science, research or advancements in polygraph instrumentation or testing techniques or distinguished, long-standing service in the polygraph industry. Winners must be in good standing with the AAPP and receive a unanimous vote by the AAPP Board of Directors.
“It’s a great compliment for the AAPP to give this award to Mark — especially since he’s added EyeDetect to his area of expertise and research,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “Accurate credibility assessment is the goal of any practitioner in our industry. Mark is a leading voice for helping this industry stay on the cutting edge by encouraging credibility assessment experts to adopt scientifically validated technological advancements like EyeDetect.”
Handler also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Polygraph Association (APA) newsletter and has published or co-published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers on polygraph. In addition, he serves on the board of the American Polygraph Association. Previously, Handler was a Deputy Sheriff in Conroe County, Texas and a U.S. Navy nuclear submariner. Handler joined Converus in August 2016.
For more information on EyeDetect, visit www.converus.com.
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Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy credibility assessment solutions. Its flagship product, EyeDetect® is the first ocular-motor deception detection solution. It’s an accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. The same scientists credited with computerizing the polygraph in 1991 developed EyeDetect. It’s a new way for organizations to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and for law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception. Ultimately, it helps protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, fraud and threats. Converus is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Visit www.converus.com.
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