Scott Bowen

Faculty Profile

Department Chair



Secondary Title

Department Chair



Selected Publications

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Bowen, S.E., Hannigan, J.H., Davidson, C. & Callan, S.P. (2018). Abstinence Following Toluene Exposure Increases Anxiety-Like Behavior in Mice. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 65, 42-50. PMID: 29292231.

Wallin, C.M., Bowen, S.E., Roberge, C.L., Richardson, L.M., Brummelte, S. (2019) Gestational buprenorphine exposure: Effects on pregnancy, development, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, and behavior in a translational rodent model. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205, 1-11. DOI:

Apawu, A.K., Callan, S.P., Mathews, T.A., and Bowen, S.E. (2020). Repeated Toluene Exposure Leads to Neuroadaptation in Dopamine Release Mechanisms within the Nucleus Accumbens Core. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Davidson, C.J., Hannigan, J.H., and Bowen, S.E. (2021). Effects of Inhaled Combined Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX): Toward an Environmental Exposure Model. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology. DOI:

Wallin, C.M., Bowen, S.E., & Brummelte, S. (2021). Opioid use during pregnancy can impair maternal behavior and the Maternal Brain Network: A literature review. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. DOI:

Wallin, C.M., Bowen, S.E., and Brummelte, S. (2021). Opioid use during pregnancy can impair maternal behavior and the Maternal Brain Network: a scoping review of the literature”. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. PMID: 33812002

Cruz, S.L. and Bowen, S.E. (2021). The last two decades on preclinical and clinical research on inhalant effects. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. PMID: 34087382; DOI: 

Courses taught


Psychology 2080 - Introduction to Drugs, Behavior and Society

Psychology 3040 - Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes

Psychology 3060 - Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes

Psychology 3120 - Brain and Behavior


Psychology 8070 - Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psychology 8560 - Methods and Models in Psychopharmacology

Research Description

My current research focuses on behavioral pharmacology, behavioral toxicology, and neurobehavioral teratology. Research in my laboratory investigates the behavioral effects of abused drugs, particularly inhalants. My research is designed to understand why volatile organic solvents, such as toluene and nitrous oxide, are abused. I am also interested in the long term effects of repeated use of these volatile organic solvents. In collaboration with Dr. John Hannigan, we are developing a model of prenatal abuse of volatile organic solvents (e.g., toluene). Our research in neurobehavioral teratology includes animal models and clinical studies of the mechanisms, outcomes and treatment of the effects of prenatal exposure to toluene (Fetal Solvent Syndrome).

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