Doug Laufer

Laufer, Doug


Accounting Taxes, Education, Fraud


Accounting education and careers, Fraud examination, Financial accounting

Degree: Ph.D., CPA, CFE

Title: Professor

Department: Accounting


Office Phone: 303-615-0494

Alternate Phone: 719-488-8891

Interviewed by: Denver Business Journal


Doug Laufer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Laufer worked as a CPA for five years in Denver and Leadville before shifting his professional focus to academia. Prior to joining the Accounting Department at MSU Denver in 1995, he served as director of the MPAcc program at Weber State University. Laufer also taught at Northern Arizona University and Colorado Mountain College.

He is an active member of the Colorado Society of CPA’s (CSCPA). In 2009, Laufer was selected to serve on the CSCPA’s Educational Foundation Board. Presently he serves on the COCPA 2020 Committee and received the COCPA Heroes and Heroines award in 2012. Laufer has been a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since 2002 and served on the board of directors of Colorado Chapter of the ACFE until 2013. In 2007, he received the ACFE Distinguish Achievement award.

Laufer has published and co-authored articles in the “Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business,” “American Journal of Economics and Business Administration,” “The Tax Adviser and Advances in Accounting Education.” His research focus is on accounting education, teaching pedagogy and occupational fraud.

Laufer received his doctorate in accounting from Oklahoma State University, a master’s in taxation from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Denver. He is also a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE) in Colorado.