Forensic Toxicologist, Consultant, Expert Witness DWI, DUI, Postmortem Forensic Toxicology, Death Investigation, Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
Dr. Kerrigan received her initial training in forensic toxicology twenty-three years ago at the Scotland Yard Forensic Science Laboratory (Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory) in London, England. Between 2001 and 2004 she served as Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Department of Health, Scientific Laboratory Division where she was responsible for the blood and breath alcohol program in addition to forensic drug and alcohol related medical examiner and criminal casework statewide. Prior to this she worked for the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services in Sacramento, CA as a forensic toxicologist. Between 2009 and 2012 she served as the Laboratory Director of the SHSU Regional Crime Laboratory, an independent, accredited forensic laboratory in The Woodlands, TX. Over a period of fifteen years Dr. Kerrigan has served as a forensic scientist, quality assurance manager, state and regional laboratory director in ASCLD-LAB, ABFT and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories in the United States.
In 2011 Dr. Kerrigan served as the President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT). She has served on the Board of Directors of this national organization since 2006. Over a period of six years Dr. Kerrigan served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Toxicologists where she held a variety of elected positions, including President (2004-2005). She has chaired several committees of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and American Academy of Forensic Sciences including Membership, Awards and Scholarship, and Drugs and Driving. Dr. Kerrigan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Scientific Working Group on Toxicology (SWGTOX). Between 2009 and 2011, Dr. Kerrigan served as a Commissioner on the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). In 2011 she was appointed to the Accreditation and Certification Interagency Working Group (IWG) of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Forensic Science.
Dr. Kerrigan has been a contributing author in forensic science textbooks including the Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Principles of Forensic Toxicology, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances, Forensic Nursing, Clarke’s Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, among others. She has published numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on a wide range of topics including designer drugs, impaired driving, breath testing, forensic alcohol determination, narcotic analgesics, psychedelics, GHB, prescription drugs and sexual assault. She was appointed to and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of both the Journal of Analytical Toxicology and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Kerrigan served on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, NV for almost five years and has worked closely with attorneys, law enforcement and the judiciary on forensic issues for over a decade.