About Dr. Karen Scott

Karen A. Scott, Ph.D., received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University. After briefly working for the USDA, Dr. Scott joined the laboratory of Dr. Timothy H. Moran at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, she performed research investigating how the brain controlled feeding and metabolism. Subsequently, Dr. Scott completed her doctoral training within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Randall R. Sakai. Her research focused on early life stress and its influence on stress susceptibility and social behavior in adulthood, as well as the effects of chronic social stress and early life manipulations on metabolism. Dr. Scott was awarded a competitive Ruth L. Kirchstein F31 Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health that supported her doctoral studies. Following her Ph.D., she moved to University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. John F. Cryan. There, she studied the gut-brain axis, and the role that the gut microbiota plays in mediating this bi-directional communication. Dr. Scott joined University of Florida College of Pharmacy in spring 2018 as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacodynamics. The goal of her research at University of Florida is to continue to investigate stress vulnerability and resilience and the role of the gut-brain-microbiota axis, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that includes behavioral, molecular, immunological, and neuroanatomical approaches.