Curt E. Harper, Ph.D, F-ABFT

Chief Toxicologist

 Dr. Curt E. Harper has over 16 years of experience as a Forensic Toxicologist. He was appointed Chief Toxicologist for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) in 2012. As Chief Toxicologist, he oversees technical operations, method development and validation, and the quality assurance/quality control program. He manages productivity, serves as the training coordinator, and develops and maintains standard operating procedures. Dr. Harper has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Master 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 Oral Fluid Committee and former Chair of the SOFT/AAFS Drugs and Driving. Additionally, he is a Past President of the International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT) and serves as an Executive Board member of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division (NSC-ADID). Dr. Harper serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Department of Justice Sciences, an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University within the School of Forensic Sciences, and as faculty for the Borkenstein Alcohol Course at Indiana University. His interests include oral fluid drug testing, DUID testing and interpretation, and automation, robotics, and AI. ADFS is the first state crime laboratory to implement a comprehensive DUI/D oral fluid drug testing program in the United States. As an Alabama Peace Officer, Dr. Harper has been certified as a Drug Recognition Expert since 2015 and is a member of the Alabama Impaired Driving Prevention Council. Before becoming Chief Toxicologist at 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 250 criminal or civil cases during his tenure in Alabama and Virginia. 

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