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Jan Kavookjian

Jan Kavookjian

Associate Professor
Department: Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Auburn University
Harrison School of Pharmacy
4306c Walker Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: kavooja@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-8301
Fax: 334-844-8307


Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar Page

National Center for Biotechnology Information Listing

  • Ph.D., Social & Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy, Behavior Sciences Emphasis - Auburn, 2001
  • M.B.A., Marketing and Strategic Planning, Marketing and Consumer Behavior Emphasis - Auburn, 1989
  • B.S., Av. Mgt. in Engineering - Auburn, 1985

Research Interests:

Dr. Kavookjian’s research areas include behavior sciences and outcomes research in chronic disease management (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention). She studies patient-reported psycho/social variables, health behaviors, and humanistic outcomes (satisfaction and quality of life). She also studies behavior interventions and their impact on patient outcomes, with a particular expertise in Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision-Making as patient-centered health behavior change intervention strategies.

Dr. Kavookjian’s expertise in Motivational Interviewing training as an intervention has been applied in various projects to impact patient behavior changes and provider behaviors changes, including recent projects focused on provider-based opioid abuse prevention strategies.

Selected Publications:

Kavookjian J. Motivational Interviewing. (Invited Chapter). In Richardson M, Chant C, Chessman KH, Finks SW, Hemstreet BA, Hume AL, et al, eds. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, 7th ed. Book 8: Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), 2011:1-18.

Ekong G, Kavookjian J. Motivational interviewing and outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of the literature. Patient Education and Counseling 2016; 99(6):944-52.

Alatawi Y, Kavookjian J, Ekong G. A pilot study of medication adherence beliefs in patients with type 2 diabetes. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2016; 12(6):914-925.

Kavookjian J. Wittayanukorn S. Interventions for adherence with oral chemotherapy in hematological malignancies: A systematic review. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2015.

Teeter BS, Kavookjian J. Telephone-based motivational interviewing for medication adherence: A systematic review. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2014. 4(4): 372-381.

Hill S, Kavookjian J. Motivational interviewing as a behavioral intervention to increase HAART adherence in patients who are HIV+: A systematic review of the literature. Aids Care 2012.1-10.

Wolf D, Kemmis K, Kavookjian J, Largay J, Zrebiec J, Sidorov J, et al. Strategies for improving physical activity participation among individuals with diabetes. Self Care 2011.2(2):25-61.

Kavookjian J, Mamidi S. Prescribing beta-blockers after myocardial infarction: A preliminary study of physician motivations and barriers. Clinical Therapeutics 2008. 30(Cardiovascular Theme Issue):2241-49.

Kavookjian J, Elswick B, Whetsel T. A systematic review of evidence and gaps in the literature for physical activity behavior interventions in diabetes patients. Diabetes Educator, 2007. 33(6):962-988.

Sundaram M, Kavookjian J, Patrick JH, Madhavan SS, Miller LA & Scott V. Quality of Life, Health Status, and Clinical Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes Patients. Quality of Life Research 2007.16(2):165-177.


PharmD Professional Curriculum:
Patient-Centered Skills course for first year students, Coordinator and Instructor
Motivational Interviewing elective course for third year students, Coordinator and Instructor
Motivational Interviewing skills training labs coordinator
Pharmacy Management II, Marketing Unit instructor

Graduate Program in Health Outcomes Research and Policy:
Motivational Interviewing Elective course coordinator and instructor
Social and Behavioral Theory core course

Graduate Students Advised (Auburn University – AU; West Virginia University – WVU)
PhD Students:
Gladys Ekong (AU, Chair)
Tatjana Petrova (AU, Chair)
Michelle Breland (AU, Co-Chair)
Linda Byrd (AU, Chair)
Abhishek Krishna Pillai (AU, Committee Member)
Andrea Pfalzgraf (WVU, Committee Member)
Vivek Pawar (WVU, Committee Member)
Mariam Hassan (WVU, Committee Member)
Khalid Kamal (WVU, Committee Member)

MS Students:
Seth Hill (AU, Chair)
Rahul Khanna (WVU, Chair)
Murali Sundaram (WVU, Chair)
Siddhesh Kamat (WVU, Chair)
Abhishek Krishna Pillai (AU, Committee Member)

Honors College Senior Thesis:
Patrick Llewellyn (AU, Chair)

Last Updated: July 12, 2019