Dr. Pearson earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin followed by a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University. She is currently the Chief Forensic Toxicologist for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tampa, Florida. Previously, she was the Chief Forensic Toxicologist for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (9 years) and a Forensic Toxicologist with the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory (3 years).
Dr. Pearson has authored more than two dozen abstracts and publications, testified as an expert witness in more than 500 cases and given more than 100 presentations to law enforcement, medical and legal professionals in the areas of chemistry, toxicology, driving under the influence and drug-facilitated sexual assault. She is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and holds adjunct faculty appointments with the Departments of Pathology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of South Florida. She is an active member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and serves as a member of the Scientific Working Group of Toxicologists (SWGTOX) to establish minimum standards of practice in forensic toxicology. She also serves as inspector and reviewer for the American Board of Forensic Toxicology Lab Accreditation Program and is an ad hoc reviewer of manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Forensic Science International, Journal of Drug Testing and Analysis and Journal of Clinical Toxicology.