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Delesha Miller Carpenter

Associate Professor Adjunct Assistant Professor

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

Interim Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

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 and Interim Chair in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her research focuses on developing trainings to improve patient-provider communication about sensitive issues, like suicide and substance abuse use disorders. She is especially interested in improving access to healthcare services in rural areas and directs a practice-based research network for rural community pharmacists.

She also runs an active research program in inhaler technique education and mHealth. She is particularly interesting in developing training technique and asthma self-management. She has developed an adolescent asthma self-management app and a tailored video software program to improve children’s asthma inhaler technique.

She teaches the Social & Behavior 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 100 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, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Arthritis Foundation, NIH, NSF, the Veteran’s Administration, and startup companies.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (PIs: Carpenter/Lavigne); Role: Lead PI

Developing and evaluating a scalable suicide prevention gatekeeper training program for community pharmacy staff     

Our goal is to increase the number of community pharmacy staff who complete suicide prevention gatekeeper training. We will co-develop and evaluate a suicide prevention training module with community pharmacy stakeholders.

Eshelman Institute for Innovation (PI: Carpenter)
Creating the first multi-state rural community pharmacy research network: RURAL-CP

We will create the first multi-state rural community pharmacy practice-based research network called the Rural Research Alliance of Community Pharmacies (RURAL-CP). RURAL-CP’s mission is to reduce rural health disparities by supporting high-quality pharmacy-based implementation research. RURAL-CP will include 100 rural community pharmacies across five southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina).



NIDA (PI: Carpenter)
Addressing the opioid epidemic through community pharmacy engagement: a multi-state study

The objective of our 5-state collaboration is to develop and test the effectiveness of an online module (Nalox-Comm) designed to teach naloxone communication skills to rural community pharmacists. The project involves formative data collection with community pharmacists, patients, and caregivers and an RCT to assess the impact of Nalox-Comm on how often pharmacists dispense naloxone.

1915169; ASSIST NSF Program

NSF (PIs: Hernandez/Carpenter)

SCH: INT: Collaborative Research: A Data-Driven Approach to Enhancing Wearable Device Performance – An Early Asthma Exacerbation Detection Study; Characterizing and Enhancing Signal Quality in Wearables for Early Asthma Exacerbation Detection

The investigators aim to provide an innovative framework for characterizing the performance of wearable devices in the real-world based on contextual information of their usage, and aim to demonstrate the framework’s value by enabling more reliable early detection of asthma exacerbations in young adults. The data produced by this award will be used as part of projects for undergraduate and graduate students. Demonstrations and video materials will be produced as part of the outreach efforts for K-12 and underrepresented communities.

RTI International (PIs: Carpenter/Ostrach); Role: Lead PI

Ensuring Buprenorphine Access in Rural Community Pharmacies to Prevent Overdose                          

Our long-term goal is to increase access to bup for individuals who are at risk of overdose in rural communities. To achieve this goal, we must understand the multi-level factors, including policy, organizational, community, and individual barriers, that may restrict bup access in rural areas. We will then assess the importance of each barrier and examine strategies and methods for overcoming it.

  1.  Carpenter, D. M., Roberts, C. A., Lavigne, J. E., & Cross, W. F. (2021). Gatekeeper training needs of community pharmacy staff. Suicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior, 51(2), 220-228.
  2. Carpenter D.M., Lavigne J.E., Colmenares E.W., Falbo K., Mosley S.L. (2020) Community pharmacy staff interactions with patients who have risk factors or warning signs of suicide. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP, 16(3): 349-359.
  3. Carpenter D.M., Dhamanaskar A.K., Gallegos K.L., Shepherd G., Mosley S.L., Roberts C.A. (2019). Factors associated with how often community pharmacists offer and dispense naloxone. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP, 15(12): 1415-1418.
  4. Carpenter D.M., Jurdi R., Roberts C.A., Hernandez M., Horne R., Chan A. (2018) A review of portable electronic spirometers: Implications for asthma self-management. Current Asthma and Allergy Reports, 18(10):53.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Carpenter D.M., Geryk L.L., Chen A.T., Nagler R.H., Dieckmann N.F., Han P.K.J. (2016) Conflicting health information: A critical research need. Health Expectations, 19(6): 1173-1182.

Dr. Carpenter directs RURAL-CP, a rural community pharmacy practice-based research network. She also is leading projects in pharmacy-based suicide prevention and opioid overdose prevention. She is developing innovative methods to improve inhaler technique and child-provider communication about health issues.

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

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