Debra K. Sinclair

Debra K. Sinclair

Associate Professor & 
Gregory, Sharer and Stuart Term Professor of Accounting

Campus: St. Petersburg
Room: LPH 319D
Phone: 727-873-4815

Debra Sinclair is the Gregory, Sharer and Stuart Term Professor of Accounting in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy in St. Petersburg. She teaches students about business valuation and financial accounting as an associate professor of accounting.

Sinclair is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She was selected as the Gregory Sharer & Stuart Term Professor for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. Her research interests include corporate governance, fraudulent financial reporting, materiality, compensation, small business valuation, valuation in financial reporting and white-collar crime. Her work has been published in the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research and St. Mary’s Law Journal, among others. She is a member of the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, the Institute of Business Appraisers and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

She earned a PhD from Temple University, an MBA from Drexel University and a bachelor's degree from USF.


  • ACG 2021 - Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACG 2071 - Principles of Managerial Accounting


  • Wadlinger, N., Pacini, C., Stowell, N.F., Hopwood, W. & Sinclair, D. (2018). Domestic asset tracing and recovery of hidden assets and the spoils of financial crime. St. Mary's Law Journal, 49(3), 608-663.
  • Stowell, N.F., Sinclair, D., Johanson, E., Pacini, C.J, & Kearns, G.S. (2017). Wills, asset protection trusts, and financial crime. Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, 9(1), 585-605.
  • Pacini, C.J., Hopwood, W. & Sinclair, D. (2016). Domestic asset tracing: Identifying, locating, and freezing stolen and hidden assets. Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, 1(1), 42-65.
  • Sinclair, D. (2015). Requirement that securities dealers consider nonrecourse indebtedness in valuing securities could reverse prior losses.. Journal of Taxation, Apr(2015), 170-175.
  • Brody, R. & Sinclair, D. (2013). Romance fraud: Taking a lack of ethics to a new low. Ethics & Critical Thinking Journal, June(2013), 84-94.

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  • Sinclair, D. & McKay, B. (2013). Excess compensation and the independent investor test. Practical Tax Strategies, 90(4), 148-153.
  • Mullen, L.G., Sinclair, D. & Thomas, M.L. (2012). Interviewing the fraudsters: An update to the male white-collar criminal profile. The CPA Journal, Feb(2012), 68-71.
  • Buckhoff, T., Higgins, L.H. & Sinclair, D. (2010). A fraud audit: Do you need one?. Journal of Applied Business Research, 26(5), 29-33.