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Salisa Westrick

Salisa Westrick

Department Head
Sterling Professor
Department: Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Auburn University
Harrison School of Pharmacy
033 James E. Foy Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: westrsc@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-8314
Fax: 334-844-8307


  • B.S., Pharmacy - Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), 1997
  • M.S., Training and Development - Illinois State, 2000
  • Ph.D., Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy - Wisconsin, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

The goal of my research program is to improve the quality of health care and patient health outcomes through promoting the uptake of evidence-base innovations into practice. After completing a BS in pharmacy, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology which focused on using quality assurance & improvement principles to improve organizational operations. My Ph.D. program further provided a strong foundation on organizational theories and how they can be applied to organization’s decision making, especially in health care organizations. The goal of my research program is to optimize organizational performance through innovation adoption.

Using the implementation science principles, I have studied the adoption, implementation and evaluation of various types of healthcare innovations. While much of my research experience is focusing on the adoption of immunization services in community pharmacies, concepts related to adoption and implementation of innovations are transferrable and applicable to other organizations and other innovations including biometric screening, naloxone dispensing, Immunization Information Systems, and medication therapy management services.

In the area of pharmacy-based immunization services, my work has spanned from adoption to sustainability to abandonment of immunization services. Currently, I partner with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) through the contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance the implementation of immunization standards among community pharmacies. I also continue working with an industrial partner to advance pharmacists’ role in immunization services.

Another area of research is to increase access to care among Medicare beneficiaries with limited income. Since 2013, I have partnered with Alabama's State Health Insurance Assistance Program to implement a Medicare outreach program by offering student-facilitated enrollment events for Medicare beneficiaries. Over 500 students have participated in this program over the years. Further, through funding from Alabama Department of Senior Services, I am leading a program to increase the number of Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in low-income subsidy programs by creating a referral network between community pharmacies and state-wide Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

Current Funded Research

Title: Enhancing Implementation of Immunization Practice Standards Among Independently Owned Community Pharmacies

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NH23IP922573-01-00
Investigator: Westrick SC (PI)
Date: October 2018 – September 2023

Title: Assessing Barriers and Increasing Use of Immunization Registries in Pharmacies: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Dissertation

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, R36HS026093-01A1
Investigator: Hastings (PI), Westrick (Advisor)
Date: September 2018 – September 2019

Title: Assessing Barriers and Increasing Use of Immunization Registries in Pharmacies: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Dissertation

Source: PhRMA
Investigator: Hastings (PI), Westrick (Advisor)
Date: July 2018 – September 2018
(Withdrawn due to receiving AHRQ Dissertation Funding)

Title: Promoting Access to Community Resources for Medicare Population

Source: Alabama Department of Senior Services
Investigator: Westrick SC (PI)
Date: October 2018 – September 2019

Selected Publications

  1. Carpenter DM, Roberts CA, Westrick SC, Ferreri SP, Kennelty KA, Look KA, Abraham O, Wilson C. A content review of online naloxone continuing education courses for pharmacists in states with standing orders. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2018; 14(10):968-978. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.11.011.
  2. Hohmann LA, Hastings TJ, McFarland SJ, Hollingsworth JC, Westrick SC. Implementation of a Sustainable Medicare Plan Selection Assistance Program via Pharmacy School and Community Partnership. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2018; 82(9): Article 6452. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe6452.
  3. Westrick SC, Patterson BJ, Kader MS, Rashid S, Buck PO, Rothholz MC. National survey of pharmacy-based immunization services. Vaccine. 2018; 36(37): 5657-5664. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.07.027
  4. Westrick SC, Hastings T, McFarland S, Hohmann L, Hohmann N. How Do Pharmacists Assist Medicare Beneficiaries with Limited Income? A Cross Sectional Study of Community Pharmacies in Alabama. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 2016; 22(9): 1039-1045.
  5. Teeter BS, Fox BI, Garza KB, Harris SG, Nau DP, Owensby JK, Westrick SC. Community pharmacy owners’ views of star ratings and performance measurement: In-depth interviews. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2016; 56(5): 549-54.

See Westrick’s full list of publications online.


PYPD 9320 Longitudinal Learning Experience I
PYPC 7820 Research Methods & Design in Health Sciences I
PYPC 7510: Health Services Delivery and Evaluation

Graduate Students Advised

Tessa Hastings. PhD Program. 2015 – Present
Lindsey Hohmann. PhD Program. 2015 – Present
Benjamin Teeter. PhD Program. Graduated 2015
Saranrat Wittayanukorn. MS Program. Graduated 2012
Michelle Breland. PhD Program. Graduated 2011

Last Updated: February 5, 2019