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Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza

Assistant Professor
Department: Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Auburn University
Harrison School of Pharmacy
037 James E. Foy Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: kbl0005@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-8360
Fax: 334-844-8307


Curriculum Vitae

  • B.S., Pharmacy - Auburn, 1998
  • Pharm.D. - Auburn, 1999
  • M.B.A - West Virginia, 2006
  • Ph.D., Health Outcomes Research - West Virginia, 2010

Research Interests

Dr. Garza's research involves application of behavioral economic theory to study preventive health behaviors, including medication adherence, diet, and physical activity. Specifically, she studies incentive systems that help individuals overcome present-biased preferences in order to engage in and maintain preventive health behaviors. In addition, she collaborates with researchers from dietetics, education, kinesiology, nursing, and psychology to study health behaviors related to obesity, immunization, and prescription drug abuse.

Dr. Garza's research collaborations also include community partners such as Adams Drugs and East Alabama Medical Center, and she serves as a member of the Alabama Obesity Task Force, whose mission is to create a healthier Alabama through obesity reduction and prevention efforts. Dr. Garza chairs the Auburn University Food Systems Institute Obesity Working Group, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research group devoted to addressing the obesity epidemic. She is active in several national and international professional organizations, serving as chair of the Planning and Outreach committee of the AACP Graduate Education SIG and AACP Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) section Graduate Programs Committee.

Selected Publications

Sonawane Deshmukh KB, Qian J, Garza KB, Wright BM, Zeng P, Ganduglia Cazaban CM, Hansen RA. Health care costs associated with addition, titration, and switching antihypertensive medications after first-line treatment: results from a commercially insured sample. J Manag Care Pharm 2017;23(6):691-699.

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. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016;56(5):549-54.

Durham SH, Garza KB, Eiland LS. Relationship between vancomycin dosage and serum trough vancomycin concentrations in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis. Am J Health Pharm 2016;73(13):969-74.

Sonawane KB, Qian J, Garza KB, Wright BM, Peng Z, Ganduglia-Cazaban CM, Hansen RA. Achieving adherence after first-line antihypertensive treatment: Should fixed dose combinations receive priority? J Clin Hypertens 2016;34(3):548-57.

Sonawane KB, Qian J, Garza KB, Wright BM, Peng Z, Ganduglia-Cazaban CM, Hansen RA. "Patterns of treatment modifications among newly treated hypertensive patients: does choice of modification strategy affect likelihood of treatment discontinuation?" J Hypertens 2016; Epub ahead of print.

Pickover A, Messina B, Correia C, Garza K, Murphy JG. A behavioral economic analysis of the nonmedical use of prescription drugs among young adults. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 2016;24(1):38-47.

Eiland LS, Garza KB, Hester EK, Carroll DG, Kelley KW. Student perspectives and learning outcomes with implementation of team-based learning into a videoconferenced elective. Curr Pharmacy Teach Learn 2016;8(2):164-172.

Garza KB, Owensby JK, Braxton Lloyd K, Wood EA, Hansen RA. Pilot study to test the effectiveness of different financial incentives to improve medication adherence. Ann Pharmacother 2016;50(1):32-8.

Garza KB, Ding M, Owensby JK, Zizza CA. Impulsivity and fast food consumption: a cross-sectional study among working adults. J Acad Nutr Diet 2016;116(1):61-8.

Messina BG, Dutta NM, Silvestri MM, Diulio AR, Garza KB, Murphy JG, Correia CJ. Modeling motivations for non-medical use of prescription drugs.  Addict Behav 2016;52:46-51.

Garza KB, Williamson M, Stevenson TL, Teeter BS, Zeek ML, Savoie M, Westrick SC. Patient vaccination education program through an introductory pharmacy practice experience. Curr Pharmacy Teach Learn 2015;7(6):764-70.

Ding M, Keiley MK, Garza KB, Duffy PA, Zizza CA. Food insecurity is associated with poor sleep outcomes among U.S. adults. J Nutr 2015;145(3):615-21.

Messina BG, Silvestri MM, Diulio AR, Murphy JG, Garza KB, Correia CJ.  Alcohol use, impulsivity, and the non-medical use of prescription stimulants among college students.  Addict Behav 2014;39(12):1798-803.

Teeter BS, Garza KB, Stevenson TL, Williamson MA, Zeek ML, Westrick SC. Factors associated with herpes zoster vaccination status and acceptance of vaccine recommendation in community pharmacies. Vaccine 2014; 32(43):5749-54.

Ding M, Wilson NLW, Garza KB, Zizza CA. Undiagnosed prediabetes among food insecure adults. Am J Health Behav 2014;38(2):225-33.

Westrick SC, Garza KB, Stevenson TL, Oliver WD.  Association of blood pressure with sodium-related knowledge and behaviors in adults with hypertension. J Am Pharm Assoc 2014; 54(2):154-8.

Garza KB, Westrick SC, Teeter BS, Stevenson TL.  Incorporating hypertensive patient education on salt intake into an introductory pharmacy practice experience.  Am J Pharm Educ 2013; 77(9): Article199.

Wittayanukorn S, Westrick SC, Hansen RA, Billor N, Braxton-Lloyd K, Fox BI, Garza KB.  Evaluation of medication therapy management services for patients with cardiovascular disease in a self-insured employer health plan.  J Manag Care Pharm 2013; 19(5):385-95.

Garza KB, Harris CV, Bolding MS.  Examination of value of the future and health beliefs to explain dietary and physical activity behaviors.  Res Social Adm Pharm 2013; 9(6):851-62.

Funded Research

Auburn University Intramural Grants Program
Patient preferences for and perceptions of medication adherence incentives The objective of this proposal was to explore perceptions and preferences for medication adherence incentives among a nationally representative sample of adults with chronic conditions, and to explore the association between these preferences, perceived barriers to medication adherence, and patient characteristics.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded for $8,975

Impact of a multicomponent immunization intervention on pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccinations: A randomized controlled trial of community pharmacies in two states. The objective of this proposal is to increase the current level of pharmacy-based immunization delivery of pneumococcal vaccine and herpes zoster vaccine and foster practice change to sustain the intervention effect.
Role: Co-Investigator (Westrick, PI)
Funded for $199,998.88

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Investigator Award
Effectiveness of different financial incentives to improve medication adherence
The objective of this proposal was to determine the relative effectiveness of interventions for medication adherence that use frequent feedback and incentives, based on concepts from behavioral economics.
Role: PI
Funded for $11,000

Auburn University Intramural Grants Program
The association between body weight, value of the future and dietary behaviors
The objective of this proposal was to evaluate the association between value of the future and dietary behaviors in underweight/healthy weight individuals compared to overweight/obese individuals.
Role: PI
Funded for $4,000


HORP 7510 Health Services Delivery and Evaluation (Fall)
HORP 7520 Social and Behavioral Theory in Health (Spring)
HORP 7530 Pharmaceutical Economics, Outcomes, and Policy (Fall)
PYPD 9200 Integrated Learning Experience I (Fall)
PYPD 9320 Longitudinal Experience I (Fall)

Graduate Students Advised

Currently serving as the HORP Graduate Program Officer

Heba Aref (MS student)
Natalie Hohmann (PhD Student)
Justin Owensby (PhD, 2017)
Thanasak Lertpichitkul (MS, 2015)

Last Updated: January 31, 2018