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Karen Scott, PhD

Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Science - Arcadia University

Dr. Karen Scott is the Director of Forensic Science at Arcadia University and an Assistant Professor in Arcadia’s MSFS program. Prior to this, she held the position of senior lecturer and consultant forensic toxicologist at Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow, where she carried out post-mortem Forensic Toxicology casework and directed a MSc program in Forensic Toxicology. She has over 20 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 Authorised Analyst for the purposes of Section 16 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act (UK). She is actively involved with SOFT and AAFS and was recently elected to the National Safety Council, Alcohol Drugs and Impairment Division.