Scott Bowen

Faculty Profile

Department Chair



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Department Chair



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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 literatureā€. 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:
  • Davidson, C., Svenson, D., Hannigan, J., Perrine, S. and Bowen, S.E. (2021). A Novel Preclinical Model of Environment-like Combined Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX) Exposure: Behavioral and Neurochemical Findings. Neurotoxicology and Teratology.
  • Svenson, D.W., Davidson, C.J., Thakur, C., and Bowen, S.E. (2022). Acute Exposure to Abuse-Like Concentrations of Toluene Induces Inflammation in Mouse Lungs and Brain. Journal of Applied Toxicology.

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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