Curt Harper

Dr. Curt E. Harper has over 12 years of experience as a Forensic Toxicologist. He was appointed Toxicology Discipline Chief for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) in 2012. As Toxicology Discipline Chief, he oversees technical operations, method development and validation, and the quality assurance/quality control program, manages productivity, serves as training coordinator, and develops and maintains standard operating procedures. Dr. Harper has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds board certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F- ABFT) and serves as Chair of the SOFT/AAFS Drugs and Driving and Vice Chair of the Oral Fluid Committees. In addition, he acts as a Board Member for the International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT). Dr. Harper serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Department of Justice Sciences and faculty for the Borkenstein Alcohol Course at Indiana University. His interests include DUI/D testing and interpretation, oral fluid drug testing, drug facilitated sexual assault, and Q- TOF unknown drug screening. As an Alabama Peace Officer, Dr. Harper has been certified as a Drug Recognition Expert since 2015 and acts as a member of the Alabama Impaired Driving Prevention Council. Prior to his appointment as Discipline Chief for ADFS, he served as Toxicology Supervisor in Richmond for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for two years. Dr. Harper has testified on the effects of alcohol and other drugs in over 175 criminal or civil cases during his tenure in Alabama and Virginia.

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