Department of Pharmacy Practice

Research

Department of Pharmacy Practice
Department of Pharmacy Practice Posters

Research in the Department of Pharmacy Practice is focused on the implementation and analyses of collaborative health care models in hospitals and other health care settings, prospective and retrospective identification of optimal pharmacotherapy regimens for a variety of disease states, implementation and analyses of vaccination programs, and implementation and analyses of innovations in pharmacy education.


DEPARTMENT HEAD

Gordon Sacks, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Nutrition Support). Dr. Sacks’ research has primarily focused on the metabolic support of patients during critical illness. He has published research involving correction of life-threatening mineral deficiencies, such as phosphorus and magnesium, in critically ill patients. Additional research interests for Dr. Sacks include the relationship between nutrition support and immunology during critical illness, the use of of nutrients such as intravenous fat emulsions and glutamine during critical illness, and safety issues surrounding parenteral nutrition systems.


FULL PROFESSORS

Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Braxton Lloyd conducts research on the provision of pharmaceutical care services to beneficiaries of self-insured health benefit plans with a goal of demonstrating the value of medication therapy management services. She has secured extramural/intramural grants and contracts related to the evaluation of pharmaceutical care services and wellness programs for women in ambulatory care clinic environments.

Lea Eiland, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Pediatrics). Dr. Eiland’s research has primarily focused on the area of pediatrics, specifically in infectious disease regarding vancomycin dosing.  She has also studied caregivers' perspectives and off-label use of medications in the pediatric population. Her educational research areas include documention of clinical interventions, faculty mentoring, and teaching and assessment methods.

Cherry Jackson, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Psychiatry/Neuro). Dr. Jackson's research interest is focused on adverse effects, post-marketing surveillance, and new uses of psychiatric medications. Her primary interest is schizophrenia and affective disorders, but she has done research in multiple areas of psychopharmacology.

Paul Jungnickel, Ph.D. (Specialty Area: Gastrointestinal/Liver Disease). Dr. Jungnickel's research and scholarly interests are focused on pharmacotherapy of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, as well as the study of issues related to pharmacy education, including student affairs issues and substance abuse/chemical dependency in health professionals and health professions students. He also maintains a scholarly interest in various aspects of health care policy.

Karen Marlowe, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine/Pain). Dr. Marlowe's research interests include areas related to internal medicine with a focus on pain management. Her publications have focused on drug induced disease, pain and palliative care, and pharmacokinetics. Ongoing research includes evaluations of current perceptions of health care practitioners regarding patients with pain and the use of opioids in practice.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS

Miranda Andrus, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Family Medicine). Dr. Andrus' research has primarily focused on the management of chronic diseases and medication reconciliation in the outpatient setting.  Her educational research centers around experiental teaching, with a focus on documentation of clinical interventions, SOAP note writing, and  assessment methods.

Marilyn Bulloch, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Acute Care/Geriatrics). Dr. Bulloch's research is focused on pharmacologic interventions in the inpatient setting and preventative strategies against deleterious risks associated with with suboptimal prescribing in adult patients in the acute or long-term care setting. Her other areas of research interest include geriatric pharmacotherapy, infectious diseases, and education strategies in the adult student population.

Dana Carroll, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Family Medicine). Dr. Carroll's clinical research has primarily focused on patient care outcomes related to interprofessional care in diabetes and geriatrics. She also has scholarly endeavors assessing outcomes from APPE education and interprofessional education.  She has published primarily in the area of women's health (gestational diabetes and menopausal vasomotor symptom management).

Allison Chung, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Pediatrics). Dr Chung's research is focused on pediatrics, HIV and asthma. Her primary area of interest is pediatric critical care and anticonvulsants. She has obtained grant support for research involving pharmacist involvement in a mobile asthma clinic.

Kristen Helms, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Helms' research is focused primarily on the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically within the pharmacotherapy course sequence she co-coordinates. Within this area, Dr. Helms' has particular interest in assessment, collaborative learning, and development of clinical reasoning skills. Dr. Helms' clinical interests include rheumatology and neurology (specifically, multiple sclerosis).

Kelly Hester, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: HIV/Ambulatory Care). Dr. Hester's research has primarily focused on the pharmacotherapy of HIV disease and management of metabolic and cardiovascular risks and complications. Additionally Dr. Hester has explored vitamin D deficiency and CKD in the HIV population, and perceptions of health. Currently, she is conducting research in diabetes care, bone health, vaccine utilization, and antiretroviral switch studies with novel therapies in HIV patients.

Kristi Kelley, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care/Diabetes). Dr. Kelley's research has primarily focused on the management of chronic diseases - primarily diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia - in the primary care setting and the pharmacist's role in collaboration with primary care providers. In addition, Dr. Kelley has undertaken research regarding education innovations in pharmacy education for both didactic and experiential education as well as overall curricular issues.

Erika Kleppinger, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Kleppinger's research is primarily focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly her experiences with teaching in a pharmacy skills laboratory, Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs), and experiential education. Her clinical interests are focused in diabetes disease state management and patient education.

Wesley Lindsey, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Drug Information). Dr. Lindsey's research interests include drug information resource utilization in different areas of clinical practice as well as instruction methods in literature evaluation. He is also currently conducting research regarding student responses to ethical dilemmas in providing drug information to patients and practitioners as well as student perceptions and practices in plagiarism.

Emily McCoy, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care/Internal Medicine). Dr. McCoy's research has primarily been focused in chronic disease management, specifically in the areas of diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and heart failure. Other areas of research interest include the pharmacist's impact on management of chronic disease state control and scholarship of teaching.

Bernie Olin, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Drug Information). Dr. Olin's research revolves around drug information practice and involves topics such as plagiarism, writing skills in pharmacy training as well as the use and utility of various drug information sources to the intended pharmacy or lay audience. Pharmacy history is another area of interest.

Haley Phillippe, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Phillippe's research has primarily focused on anticoagulation management and geriatric medicine. She has published in the areas of hypercoagulable states, INR management, alteplase therapy, target specific oral anticoagulants, and pharmacist management of medication related issues in the elderly.

Nathan Pinner, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine). Dr. Pinner's researched has primarily focused on pulmonary pharmacotherapy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Pamela Stamm, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Stamm's research focuses on undergraduate professional education and quality improvement in ambulatory care pharmacy practice. Her research interests include problem based learning as a method for education, methods for designing and assessing student and professional portfolios, as well as, improving student documentation (SOAP writing) and impact (interventions) in ambulatory care services.

Jessica Starr, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine). Dr. Starr's research has focused on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Lynn Stevenson, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Stevenson's research has primarily focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) related to experiential education. Research and publications involve experiential education management, APPE availability limitations, documentation of students' clinical interventions during APPEs and the IPPE program at HSOP.

Heather Whitley, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Diabetes Care/Population Health). Dr. Whitley’s research focuses on diabetes care in the ambulatory care educational setting. She has received grant funding to investigate and facilitate the diagnosis populations with unidentified diabetes, which has lead to additional awards for implmenting ADA-recognized Diabetes Self-Management Educational Services and Multidisciplinary Diabetes Clinics. She continues to investigate the impact these efforts have on improving patient care in the ambulatory care setting and on population health.

Brad Wright, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine). Dr. Wright's research has primarily focused in the areas of medication adherence, management of chronic disease states, and teaching and learning. He is currently conducting research on teaching and learning and the impact of a pharmacist in the ambulatory care setting.


ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Sarah Cogle, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Critical Care/Nutrition Support). Dr. Cogle's research is focused in the areas of critical care and nutrition support. Her current projects include the use of sliding scale insulin in trauma patients, management of pain, agitation, and delirium in critically ill patients, and sepsis management in the emergency department.

Spencer Durham, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Infectious Diseases). Dr. Durham’s research is focused towards the area of infectious diseases. He has published on the topics of MRSA and on the use of vancomycin in special populations. His current research is focused towards the safety and efficacy of vancomycin, treatment of multi-drug resistant organisms, antimicrobial stewardship, and HIV pharmacotherapy in the veteran population.

Bobby Helmer, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine). Dr. Helmer's research interests include areas related to internal medicine inlcuding pulmonology, liver disease, and transitions of care. Additionally, his interests include interdisclipinary education and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Amber Hutchison, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine/Geriatrics). Dr. Hutchison's clinical research interests include geriatric acute disease state management, stroke therapy, anticoagulation, infectious diseases, and scholarship of teaching and learning in both a skills lab setting and experiential setting. Her current projects include geriatric senstivity training, clinical skills lab teaching, OSCE outcomes, and learning in the APPE setting.

Katelin Lisenby, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Family Medicine). Dr. Lisenby's research interests include chronic disease state management involving cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and the pharmacist's impact on care. Other interests include teaching and education methods in the experiential setting and medical resident pharmacotherapy education.

Rebecca Maxson, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Nephrology). Dr. Maxson's research interests include drug dosing for patients with reduced kidney function including those on hemodialysis, health literacy in patients with CKD, and scholarship of teaching and learning in the experiential setting. Her current projects include validation of a new health literacy tool in CKD patients, vancomycin dosing for hospitalized hemodialysis patients, assessment of CKD boot camp for APPE students and the value of reflection and reflective reading with APPE students.

Kaitlin McGinn, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Trauma-Surgery-Burn/Critical Care). Dr. McGinn's research interests include pharmacotherapy in critically ill adults. Her current projects include investigating the use of nebulized heparin for burn inhalation injury, evaluating the incidence of post-traumatic seizures and the use of seizure prophylaxis following traumatic brain injury, the incidence and treatment of ventilator associated pneumonias, the use of sedtaion in the trauma intensive care unit, and the reveral of coagulopathy of trauma using prothrombin complex concentrate.

Allison Meyer, Pharm.D. Dr. Meyer's research interests include management of chronic disease states, particularly cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Other interests include evalutation of teaching methods in experiential education. Current projects include evaluating the impact of pharmacists on transitions of care, understanding perceptions of internal medicine physicians on clinical pharmacy, and evaluating a SOAP note rubric during APPE rotations.

Michael Scalese, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Cardiology). Dr. Scalese's research interests include pharmacotherapy of ischemic heart disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Other interests include anticoagulation, dyslipidemias, and pharmacy education. His current projects include QTC-prolongation with propofol, pharmacotherapy in HFpEF and statin use in cardioembolic strokes.

Nicole Slater, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Slaters research interests include management of chronic disease states, particularly cardiovascular diseases, anticoagulation, and diabetes. Other interests include pharmacy education research. Current projects include evaluating the use of metformin and statins in diabetic patients and understanding perceptions of internal medicine physicians on clinical pharmacy.

Jeanna Sewell, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care). Dr. Sewell's research interests include chronic disease state management in the outpatient setting, as well as innovative ambulatory care services.

Sean Smithgall, Pharm.D. Dr. Smithgall's research interests involve investigating factors for success in healthcare students and professionals as well as transitions of care and the impact of pharmacists in transitions of care.

Taylor Steuber, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Internal Medicine). Dr. Steuber's research interests are in areas relating to internal medicine including infectious diseases, pulmonology and anticoagulation. In addition, he has a strong interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Margaret Williamson, Pharm.D. (Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care/Experiential). Dr. Williamson's research interests are in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning related to experiential education. Her current research is focused on Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and their impact on students and patient care.

Last Updated: November 3, 2017