Blalock Named DPOP Vice Chair
Susan J. Blalock, MPH, PhD, has been named vice chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Blalock is an associate professor and a behavioral scientist in the area of patient and public health education. She is particularly interested in risk communication and the impact of pharmaceutical care, including patient education and counseling, on patient health outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Her current work includes studies evaluating the impact of community-pharmacy based illness prevention and disease management programs.
“Sue was chosen as vice chair because of her extreme dedication and commitment to the division,” says Betsy Sleath, PhD, the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of the division. “She has taken a critical leadership role in mentoring junior faculty and students and in moving the research, teaching, and service missions of the division forward.”
In addition to assisting the division chair with the operation and administration of the division, Blalock’s primary duty will be to direct and lead research and graduate education within DPOP.
Blalock has been a member of the School’s faculty since 2002 and has been with UNC-Chapel Hill since 1982 with the exception of four years spent as an associate professor at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific from 1998 to 2002. She received her PhD from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and her master of public health from the University of Michigan, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree.