Karen S. Scott

Associate Professor / Program Director, Forensic Science

Boyer Hall 336 1 (215) 517-2675 By appointment

About Me

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

Hometown
Voorhees, NJ

Home Country
Scotland

My Expertise

Forensic Toxicology, Pharmacology, Forensic Science, Forensic Investigations Minor,

Education History

University of Glasgow 1998

PhD, Major in Forensic Toxicology

Strathclyde University 1994

BSc (Hons), Major in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry

Publications

Co-Author 2020

Extended Stability Evaluation of Selected Cathinones

Article, Frontiers in Chemistry

Co-Authored with Heather L. Ciallella, Lexus R. Rutter, Lorna A. Nisbet and Karen S. Scott

Co-Author 2020

A toxicological exploration of the opioid crisis

Article, Wires Forensic Science

Co-Authored with Samuel A. Krug and Karen S Scott

Co-Author 2020

An Insight into Gabapentin and Pregabalin in Scottish Prisoners

Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing

Co-Authored with Shaza Deeb, Fiona M. Wylie, Hazel J. Torrance and Karen S. Scott

Co-author 2017

Metabolic Profile Determination of NBOMe Compounds Using Human Liver Microsomes and Comparison with Findings in Authentic Human Blood and Urine

Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing

Co-Authored with Keith-Dane H. Temporal, Karen S. Scott, Amanda L.A. Mohr, and Barry K. Logan

Co-author 2019

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Method for the Quantitative Identification of 23 New Psychoactive Substances in Blood and Urine

Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing

Co-Authored with Lorna A. Nisbet, Fiona M. Wylie, Barry K. Logan, and Karen S. Scott

Co-author 2014

Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Adverse Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoid Drugs

Article, Forensic Science Reviews, Central Police University Press

Co-Authored with Gurney SMR, Scott KS, Kacinko SL, Presley BC, Logan BK

Co-author 2016

Metabolism and Toxicological Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Biological Fluids and Tissues

Article, Forensic Science Reviews, Central Police University Press

Co-Authored with Presley BC, Gurney SMR, Scott KS, Kacinko SL, Logan BK

Co-author 2017

Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities—2017 Update

Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing

Co-Authored with Barry K. Logan, Amanda L. D’Orazio, Amanda L.A. Mohr, Jennifer F. Limoges, Amy K. Miles, Colleen E. Scarneo, Sarah Kerrigan, Laura J. Liddicoat, Karen S. Scott, and Marilyn A. Huestis

Co-author 2016

Impact of Expanding ELISA Screening in DUID Investigations to Include Carisoprodol/Meprobamate and Zolpidem

Article, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Oxford Publishing

Co-Authored with Aileen Lu, Karen S. Scott, Aya Chan-Hosokawa, and Barry K. Logan

Research Summary

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.