Scott Bowen

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor

Secondary Title

Area Chair, Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience






 5057 Woodward Avenue, #8307.2                   

Selected Publications

 Schifirneţ, E., Bowen, S.E., and Borszcz, G.S. (2014). Separating Analgesia from Reward within the Ventral Tegmental Area. Neuroscience, 263, 72-87. PMID: 24434773

 López-Rubalcava, C., Chávez-Alvarez, K., Huerta-Rivas, A.G., Páez-Martínez, N., Bowen, S.E.,  and Cruz, S.L. (2014). Long-term Behavioral Consequences of Prenatal Binge Toluene Exposure in Adolescent Rats.  Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research, 3, 1-9.

 Apawu, A., Mathews, Tiffany, and Bowen, S.E. (2015). Striatal Dopamine Dynamics in Mice Following Acute and Repeated toluene exposure. Psychopharmacology, 232, 173-184. PMID: 24994552

 Callan, S.P., Kott, J.M., Cleary, J.P., McCarthy, M.K., Baltes, B.B., Bowen, S.E. (2016). Changes in Developmental Body Weight as a Function of Toluene Exposure: A Meta-Analysis of Animal Studies. Human & Experimental Toxicology, 35(4), 341-352.

Marples, B., McGee, M, Callan, S., Bowen, S.E., Thibodeau, B.J., Michael, D.B., Wilson, G.D., Maddens, M.E., Fontanesi, J., and Martinez, AA. (2016). Cranial irradiation significantly reduces beta amyloid plaques in the brain and improves cognition in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease (AD).  Radiotherapy and Oncology, 118(1), 43-51.

Bowen, S.E., Howard, M.O. & Garland, E. L. (2016). Inhalant Use Disorders in the United States. In V.R. Preedy (Ed), Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse. Academic Press (pp 931-942).  

Callan, S.P., Hannigan, J.H., and Bowen, S.E. (2017). Prenatal Toluene Exposure Impairs Performance in the Morris Water Maze in Adolescent Rats. Neuroscience, 342, 180-187. PMID: 26318334.

Howard, M.O., Bowen, S.E., & Garland, E.L. (2017).  Inhalant-related disorders.  In B.J. Sadock, V.A. Sadock, & Ruiz, P. (Eds), Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 10th Edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.

Howard, M.O., Bowen, S.E., & Garland, E.L. (2017).  Inhalant use disorder.  In A.E. Wenzel (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology.  New York: Sage Publications.  


Courses taught


Psychology 2080 - Introduction to Drugs, Behavior and Society

Psychology 3060 - Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes

Psychology 3120 - Brain and Behavior


Psychology 8070 - Clinical 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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