Dr. Scott Macdonald

Dr. Scott Macdonald

About Scott

Scott Macdonald is a professor emeritus in the School of Health Information Science and a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC) at the University of Victoria, and was CISUR's Assistant Director of Research from 2005 to 2018. He previously worked as a scientist for 25 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, formerly the Addiction Research Foundation in Ontario. His educational background includes a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario, a MA in criminology from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in psychology from the University of Victoria.

Dr. Macdonald has focused his career on research issues in the substance use and abuse field, with empirical studies in a variety of areas, such as the role of substance use in injuries, program evaluation, and marijuana and alcohol policy. He has been an expert witness in several cases related to drug testing in the workplace, and been a consultant with groups such as the International Labour Office, the World Health Organization and Transport Canada.

He recently published Cannabis Crashes: Myths and Truths, which examines whether Canada's new cannabis-impaired driving laws are rooted in solid science.