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Betsy Sleath

Chair, DPOP George H. Cocolas Distinguish Prof/Chair Adjunct Professor Adjunct Professor

Betsy Sleath, Ph.D.

Regional Associate Dean-Eastern North Carolina

George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Director of Child and Adolescent Health Program, Cecil G Sheps Center

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

Adjunct Professor, Health Policy Management


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PHONE
(919) 962-0079
EMAIL
betsy_sleath@unc.edu
ADDRESS
2212 Kerr Hall, , CB# 7573, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7573
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Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., is the Regional Associate Dean for Eastern North Carolina and the George H Cocolas Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is a senior research fellow and director of the Child and Adolescent Health Program at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is also an adjunct professor of health policy and management and epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is the recipient of the 2018 Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences from the American Pharmacists Association.

Sleath is principal investigator on an AHRQ $1.6 million dollar grant titled “Improving African American glaucoma patient involvement in visits”.  She has funding from The Duke Endowment and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation for a project titled “Your Opinion Matters: How to Make the Most Out of Talking to Health Care Providers” which is focused on developing a website for adolescents that contains tools for being more involved in their health care.

Sleath teaches ethics, communications, grant writing, and research methods. She coordinates the school’s grant writing graduate course.  She teaches in the social and behavioral aspects of pharmaceutical use graduate courses and in the patient care experience courses.

Research

Most of Sleath’s research focuses on provider-patient communication in the areas of asthma, ADHD, diabetes, and glaucoma, engaging children and parents more in medication discussions during pediatric visits and improving patient medication adherence and other health outcomes through interventions. Her work in this area has been funded by NHLBI, NIA, NIMH, NEI, AHRQ, PCORI, and the Bayer Institute for Health Communication. She received her PhD. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BS in pharmacy and BA in sociology from the University of Connecticut.

She is the principal investigator on a 1.6 million dollar AHRQ grant  titled “Improving African American Glaucoma Patient Involvement in Visits and Outcomes.” She has funding from The Duke Endowment and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation for a project titled “Your Opinion Matters: How to Make the Most Out of Talking to Health Care Providers” which is focused on developing a website for adolescents that contains tools for being more involved in their health care.

Sleath serves on the editorial boards of Patient Education and Counseling and the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Sleath was an inaugural member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. She is also past chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section of The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

  • CLINICAL RESEARCH/DRUG DEVELOPMENT FELLOW SHIP FUNDING Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research
  • Improving African American glaucoma patient involvement in visits and outcomes
  • Your Opinion Matters: How to Make the Most Out of Talking to Health Care Providers


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Sociology; Ph.D. minor in Epidemiology – 1993
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S. in Pharmacy – 1990
  • University of Connecticut, B.S. in Pharmacy – 1988
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. in Sociology – 1988


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