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 20 years experience in the field 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; stability of NPS drugs; determination of drugs in interred remains

Hometown
Voorhees, NJ

Home Country
Scotland

Education History

University of Glasgow 1998

PhD, Major in Forensic Toxicology

Strathclyde University 1994

BSc (Hons), Major in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry

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). More recently I have become involved in the determination of drugs in interred post mortem remains including the analysis of bone.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). More recently I have become involved in the determination of drugs in interred post mortem remains including the analysis of bone.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). More recently I have become involved in the determination of drugs in interred post mortem remains including the analysis of bone.