Master of Science in Forensic Science student Jakub Klobut ’15M and Dr. Karen Scott, director and associate professor of Forensic Science, presented research on “Supported Liquid Extraction,” a method of drug abuse detection through hair, at the 67th Annual Meeting of the...
Dr. Karen Scott, assistant professor and director of the forensic science program, and Dr. Barry Logan, clinical professor of forensic science, recently published an article titled “Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Adverse Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoid Drugs” in Forensic Science Reviews. The paper...
Dr. John Hoffman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, cut the ribbon during the Jan. 22 opening ceremonies of Arcadia’s Crime Scene House at 2063 Church Road. Also present were Dr. Karen Scott, director and associate professor of forensic science, and Montgomery County law enforcement...
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Prior to taking on the role as Director of Forensic Science at Arcadia University, Dr. Karen Scott held the position of senior lecturer and consultant forensic toxicologist at Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow. She has over 25 years experience in the fields of forensic and clinical toxicology. She is published in the areas of post-mortem toxicology and hair and alternative matrix testing and is a reviewer for three of the main Forensic Toxicology journals.
Dr. Scott has a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Forensic & Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK, 1994) and a PhD in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Glasgow (UK, 1998)). On completion of her degrees she carried out postdoctoral research in Tokyo, Japan investigating incorporation rates of drugs into hair. She is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Chemist and an Authorized Analyst for the purposes of Section 16 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act (UK).
Areas Of Focus
Hair analysis for drugs; drug stability; human performance toxicology, post-mortem toxicology
Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing
Co-Authored with Aileen Lu, Karen S. Scott, Aya Chan-Hosokawa, and Barry K. Logan
My main research interest is the analysis of hair for drugs. I have particular interests in the way in which drugs incorporate into different types of body hair and in cases involving drug facilitated crimes (e.g. sexual assault cases). Current collaborative research includes e-cigarette research using cocaine as a target drug for deposition onto fur.
In additional I am interested in the stability of drugs in different matrices including blood and urine and how this impacts on the interpretation of both human performance and postmortem toxicology casework. Examples of drugs my research group has worked on have included GHB, benzodiazepines, cathinones and fentanyl.