Diane Matthews was one of the first educators in the nation to establish a bachelor of science degree in forensic accounting. Today it continues to be one of only a few programs in the nation at the undergraduate level. In 2011, she led her colleagues in the development of a master of science degree in fraud and forensics. It is the only program that we know of in the United States that focuses on prevention, detection, investigation, and remediation of fraud and white collar crime. The program is also unique in that it was developed with input from subject-matter-experts working in the field.
She entered academia in 1988 after a successful career with Touch Ross & Co. and Arthur Young & Co., both “Big Eight” CPA firms. After leaving public accounting, she served as vice president for Equibank’s operations division, and, later, she directed Fisher Scientific’s international customer systems and telecommunications division.
She is a founding member of the Forensic Accounting Academy, an arm of the Consultant’s Training Institute, which trains professionals in “forensic accounting/investigative methodology.” This is a one-of-a-kind program, offered throughout the United States, employing a process map for conducting forensics investigations.
Dr. Matthews is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, having been trained in FBI functions as they apply to forensic investigations. She has also worked with the Pittsburgh District Attorney’s Office in their Fraud Investigation Unit working on cases including securities fraud, estate fraud, home financing fraud, construction fraud, an illegal massage parlor, and bankruptcy.
Dr. Matthews has authored several articles and has presented her work at numerous national conferences. She teaches a variety of Continuing Education courses for CPAs, and JDs in conjunction with the PICPA, the District Attorney’s Office, CCAC, and Pennsylvania State University.
- CPA – Certified Public Accountant
- CFF – Certified in Financial Forensics
- CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner
Awards and Honors
- Five Year Officer Award – Vice President – 2010, ACFE, Pittsburgh Chapter
- Five Year Member Award – 2009, ACFE, Pittsburgh Chapter
- Certificate of Dedication – 2007 – ACFE, Pittsburgh Chapter
- Instructor of Exceptional Distinction - 2007, 2009, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
- Sister of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising – 2006, Carlow University
- Outstanding Student Award – 2000, University of Pittsburgh
- Alumni Scholarship Award – 2000, University of Pittsburgh
- Outstanding Teacher Award – 1998, Community College of Allegheny County
- American Accounting Association
- Forensic & Valuation Section, AAA
- Teaching & Learning Section, AAA
- Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-Pittsburgh Chapter