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Biography and Additional Professional Information
Mr. Wygant has been a licensed polygraph examiner since 1976. Prior to that he worked for five years as an investigator in an Oregon District Attorney's office, and for another five years as an investigator for the Oregon Attorney General. He has a bachelor's degree. He is a full member of the American Polygraph Association (APA) and the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association (NPEA). He has been certified by the American Polygraph Association for post-conviction sex offender testing.
From 2001 through 2008 Mr. Wygant served as a member of the Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Although Mr. Wygant is now retired, he continues to lecture and publish, and occasionally administers examinations for the Federal Public Defenders Office.
He obtained his original polygraph training at the Backster School in San Diego in 1976. Since then he has obtained more than 1,000 additional hours of training. He has taught new examiners at polygraph schools and has lectured on advanced topics at professional association seminars.
He has conducted over 6,000 examinations, more than 2,500 of those on sexual issues, including about 1,000 examinations of convicted sex offenders. He has also done more than 140 examinations in murder cases. While the majority of his clients have been criminal defense attorneys, he has also done work for law enforcement agencies and parole and probation offices. He has testified as an expert witness in several courts in Oregon and Washington.
In 2008 he was honored by the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association, which presented him with the John D. Jenkins Memorial Award, "In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions And Dedication to the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association." In 2012 the American Polygraph Association awarded him the John E. Reid Memorial Award "For distinguished achievements in polygraph research, teaching or writing."
He has been editor and publisher of Polygraph News & Views, bi-monthly newsletter, since November, 1993. He has also authored 10 articles on polygraph technique in Polygraph, contributed a chapter on polygraph technique in Am Jur Trials, vol. 42, May, 1991, and two articles on admissibility in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin. He is author of "Confessions of a Lie Detector: Years of Theft, Sex, and Murder," and several novels. More information about those is on his web site: www.jimwygant.com. Information about his polygraph work also appears there.
He has been an instructor at numerous polygraph seminars and also at the former polygraph school at Western Oregon University.
Mr. Wygant is now retired, doing only a limited number of examinations and presentations.