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  Justin Owensby
Degree Program: Ph.D., Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Email: owensjk@auburn.edu

B.S., Biomedical Sciences - Auburn, 2008
PharmD, Harrison School of Pharmacy - Auburn, 2012

Research Areas:

  • Applying concepts from behavioral economics (judgment and decision making) to healthcare
  • Medication (non)adherence
  • Social and financial incentive structures

My scholarly focus is on the use of behavioral economics as an aid in changing health behaviors (e.g., medication adherence, enhanced physical activity, healthy eating) and as a resource for education of patients and future healthcare practitioners. In particular my dissertation is focused on understanding what impact behavioral economics-based interventions may have on enhancing medication adherence. My study, funded via a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education, is a longitudinal, randomized controlled trial aiming to determine whether commitment devices, such as incentivized commitment contracts, can motivate participants to be adherent to their prescribed antihypertensive or antihyperlipidemic medications and which type of incentive (financial or social) is most effective.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 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. (Accepted).
  • Garza KB, Ding M, Owensby JK, Zizza CA. (2016) Impulsivity and fast food consumption: a cross-sectional study among working adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(1), 61-68.
  • Garza KB, Owensby JK, Braxton Lloyd K, Wood EA, Hansen RA. (2016) Pilot study to test the effectiveness of different financial incentives to improve medication adherence. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 50(1), 32-38.
  • Westrick SC, Owen J, Hagel H, Owensby JK, Lertpichitkul T. (2016) Impact of the RxVACCINATE program for pharmacy-based pneumococcal immunization: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 56(1), 29-36.

Last Updated: August 4, 2016