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Delesha Miller Carpenter

Associate Professor Adjunct Assistant Professor

Delesha Miller Carpenter, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Associate Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Behavior


(828) 250-3916
2214 Kerr Hall, , CB# 7573, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599, , One University Heights, , CB# 2125, Asheville, NC, 28804


Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, is an associate professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. She is particularly interested in developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) technologies to improve patients’ chronic disease self-management and quality of life, especially for rural populations. She has developed an adolescent asthma self-management app and a tailored video software program to improve children’s asthma inhaler technique. Her research also explores interpersonal influences on disease self-management for adolescents and adults living with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and arthritis. She teaches the Social & Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Use course and has enjoyed mentoring PhD students, PharmD students, and hosting students from other universities for research rotations.

Carpenter has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of pediatric asthma, patient-provider communication, the effects of conflicting medication information on medication adherence, and evaluating the impact of technology on patient outcomes. She has received funding to support her research from a diverse body of funders, including the American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, AHRQ, NSF, the Veteran’s Administration, and start-up companies.

VitalFlo Formative Study
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the usability of a portable, electronic spirometer and associated app among youth with moderate/severe persistent asthma.
Role: Principal Investigator

ASSIST Center Pilot Award Carpenter/Zamboni (co-PIs) 
NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)
Evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of lisinopril and two tracers in sweat, saliva, and plasma in order to inform the design of a non-invasive wearable sensor to detect medication adherence.
The long-term objective of this project is to create a wearable sensor to detect medications and/or their metabolites in sweat in order to determine whether a patient is adherent to their medication regimen.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

AHRQ Carpenter (PI) 
Addressing methodological and ethical issues in pediatric medication safety research
The aim of this conference planning grant is to support the PharmSci2016 conference on pediatric medication safety research.
Role: Principal Investigator

Eshelman Institute for Innovation Carpenter (PI) 
Creating the first non-invasive technology to continuously monitor and improve patient medication adherence
This project involves pilot testing new technologies to monitor drug metabolites and visualize results to improve patient medication adherence.
Role: Principal Investigator

American Lung Association Carpenter (PI) 
Social Behavioral Research Grant
Developing a mobile health application to help adolescents self-manage their asthma
The goals of this grant are to collect formative data from adolescents with asthma, their caregivers, and providers as to what features they would like a mobile asthma self-management app.
Role: Principal Investigator % effort=10%

Arthritis Foundation Carpenter (PI) 
New Investigator Grant
Understanding how RA patients process conflicting information about DMARDs
The major goals of this project are to conduct a longitudinal study of the effects of conflicting medication information on DMARD adherence.
Role: Principal Investigator
Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
One University Heights, CPO 2125
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828.250.3916
Twitter: @LeshaCarpenter

1. Carpenter D.M., Roberts C.A., Westrick S.C., Ferreri S.P., Kennelty K.A., Look K.A., Abraham O., Wilson C. (2017). A content review of online naloxone continuing education courses for pharmacists in states with standing orders. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Epub ahead of print available at:

2. Pattison-Sharp E., Estrada R.D., Elio A., Prendergast M., Carpenter D.M. (2017) School nurse experiences with prescription opioids in urban and rural schools: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 36(4): 236-242.

3. Carpenter D.M., Gonzalez D., Retsch-Bogart G., Sleath B.L., Wilfond B. (2017) Methodological and ethical issues in pediatric medication safety research. Pediatrics, 140(3) e20170195; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-0195.

4. Carpenter D.M., Estrada R.D., Roberts C.A., Elio A., Prendergast M., Durbin K., Jones G.C., North S. (2017) Urban-Rural differences in school nurses’ asthma training needs and access to asthma resources. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 6: 157-162

5. Carpenter D.M., Roberts C.A., Sage A.J., George J., Horne R. (2017) A review of electronic devices to assess inhaler technique. Current Asthma and Allergy Reports, 17(30): 17.

6. Carpenter D.M., Geryk L.L., Sage A.J., Arrindell C.C., Sleath B.L. (2016) Exploring the theoretical pathways through which asthma app features can promote adolescent self-management. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(4), 509-518.

7. Carpenter D.M., Abraham O., Alexander D.S., Horowitz K. Counseling of children and adolescents in community pharmacies: Results from a 14-day observational study. (2016) Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 56(3): 266-269.

8. Carpenter D.M., Alexander D.S., Elio A., DeWalt D., Lee C., Sleath B.L. (2016) Using tailored videos to teach inhaler technique to children with asthma: Results from a school nurse-led pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(4): 380-389.

9. Carpenter D.M., Blalock S.J., Sayner R., Muir K.W., Robin A.L., Hartnett M.E., Giangiacomo A.L., Tudor G.E., Sleath B.L. (2016) Communication predicts medication self-efficacy in glaucoma patients. Optometry & Vision Science, 93(7): 731-737.

10. Carpenter D.M., Lee C., Blalock S.J., Weaver M., Reuland D., Coyne-Beasley T., Mooneyham R., Loughlin C., Sleath B. (2015) Using videos to teach children inhaler technique: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Asthma, 52(1): 81-87.

11. Carpenter D.M., Elstad E.A., Blalock S., & DeVellis R.F. (2014) Conflicting medication information: Prevalence, sources and relationship to medication adherence. Journal of Health Communication, 19(1): 67-81.

12. Carpenter D.M., Kadis J.A., Hogan S.L., DeVellis R.F., Jordan J.M. (2011) The effect of medication-related support on the quality of life of vasculitis patients in relapse and remission. Journal of Rheumatology, 38(4):709-15.

13. Carpenter D.M., DeVellis R.F., Hogan S.L., Fisher E.B., DeVellis B.M., Jordan J.M. (2011). Use and perceived credibility of medication information sources for vasculitis patients: Differences by gender. Journal of Health Communication. 16(6):629-642.

14. Carpenter D.M., DeVellis R.F., Hogan S.L., Fisher E., DeVellis B., Jordan J. (2010) The effect of conflicting medication information and physician support on medication adherence for chronically ill patients. Patient Education & Counseling. 81(2):169-76.

15. Carpenter D.M., Thorpe C.T., Lewis M.A., DeVellis R.F., & Hogan S.L. (2009) Health-related quality of life for vasculitis patients and their spouses. Arthritis Care & Research, 61(2):259-265.

Addressing the opioid epidemic through community pharmacy engagement: a multi-state study

  • Clinical (certified respiratory therapist)
  • Public health (Ph.D. and M.S.P.H.) training

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