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Ronny Bell

(919) 962-0080

Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., is chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and the Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor. His research focuses on health disparities in cancer as well as a concentration in chronic disease disparities with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. As an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe of eastern North Carolina, and Chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, he is particularly interested in factors that contribute to health disparities in American Indian populations.

Delesha Miller Carpenter

(828) 250-3916

Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, is a professor and Executive Vice 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 also runs an active research program in inhaler technique education and mHealth. She is especially interested in improving access to healthcare services in rural areas and directs a practice-based research network for rural community pharmacists.

Scott Davis

(919) 962-0106

Scott A. Davis, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on pragmatic clinical trials testing interventions to improve patients’ use of medications to achieve optimal real-world outcomes, as well as implementation and dissemination of these interventions. Following graduation from the DPOP PhD program in 2018 as a Royster Fellow, he completed an NC TraCS TL1 MOTRD UP postdoctoral fellowship to gain more intensive training in implementation science and dissemination of successful interventions. This training will allow him to work with providers and health systems to improve the quality of patient education about their medications in clinics and pharmacies, in ways that minimize unnecessary cost and time burden to providers and staff. He also works with faculty at MAHEC to design and evaluate innovative programs for improving patient and caregiver activation and engagement with the healthcare system, particularly in relation to the underserved in rural areas.

Jennifer Elston Lafata

(919) 966-9480

Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as the co-lead for the UNC Cancer Care Quality Initiative and Associate Director in the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement. She conducts practice-integrated research to understand and improve patient-clinician communication and decision making, particularly in the context of cancer prevention and control.

Alan Kinlaw

(919) 966-2747

Alan Kinlaw, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. His research focuses generally on pharmaco-epidemiology and health services research that leverages large and high-dimensional secondary data, including healthcare claims data, clinical registry data, and electronic health records. He studies patterns of medication use and comparative effectiveness and safety, related to antibiotic stewardship as well as several other substantive areas.

Grace Marley

Marley, who grew up in Eastern North Carolina, is a recent graduate of the School and works as a postdoctoral fellow under Delesha Carpenter, Ph.D., associate professor and executive vice chair of DPOP. Marley’s primary research interests include community pharmacist interventions to counteract the opioid epidemic, efforts to increase access to harm reduction services and preferred patient and caregiver communication practices.

Joshua Niznik


Joshua Niznik, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. Niznik is a geriatric health services researcher with clinical training in the pharmaceutical sciences. His research interests are focused on evaluating the quality of medications in older adults to improve the safety of medication use in this population.

Megan Roberts

(919) 843-4071

Megan Roberts, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and the Director of Implementation Science in Precision Health and Society at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on evaluating and improving the implementation of genomic medicine. In particular, she is interested in implementation research aimed at improving quality of care and reducing racial disparities in cancer prevention and treatment.

Amanda Anne Seyerle

(919) 962-6342

Amanda Seyerle, PhD, MSPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and faculty with the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP).  Her primary research interests are in understanding the ‘omics of variable drug response and the role of ‘omics and gene-environment interactions in health disparities. A critical part of this work involves expanding existing genomics research to underserved populations so that policies surrounding personalized medicine are based on more representative samples.

Betsy Sleath

(919) 962-0079

Betsy Sleath, PhD, 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 and her team co-developed a website with youth for youth called “Information for the Evolving Teenager” ( that has tools they can use to be more involved in their health care.

Lisa Spees

Lisa Spees, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. At Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC), she is the Director of Cancer Health Assets and Needs Assessment (CHANA) in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, an Associate Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and a member of the Culture, Climate, and Training Committee within the Lineberger Equity Council.

Kathleen Thomas

(919) 966-3387

Kathleen C Thomas, PhD is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research and Graduate Studies in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Senior Fellow at the UNC Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a behavioral economist and mental health services researcher whose work focuses on three areas: 1) disparities in access to care, 2) health insurance policy, and 3) patient self-efficacy (confidence managing health and health care use). All three areas inform pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. Her research in disparities in access includes variation in use of psychotropic medication and polypharmacy by nonclinical factors. Her research in health insurance demonstrates how insurance plan benefit structure impacts ability to pay for medications and financial barriers to their use due to out-of-pocket costs. Her research in patient self-efficacy supports shared decision-making in treatment choices such as medication vs other options. All three areas require patient-engaged work with multidisciplinary research teams and creative data compilation to accomplish scientific breakthroughs. The combined learning in these three areas is synergistic, with the goal to improve access and quality of mental health services.

She is recipient of the John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Steven M Banks Award for Mentorship from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Thomas’ undergraduate degree in classical languages is from Pomona College. She holds an MPH from Yale University and a PhD in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Thomas serves as chair, panel member and ad hoc reviewer for PCORI, NIDA and HRSA study sections. She serves on the editorial board of the Health Expectations Journal as well as reviewer for a number of journals including Psychiatric Services and Pediatrics. Her work in patient-engaged research and methods has been included as high-quality evidence in systematic reviews and she has served on expert panels to guide future research in this area. Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, US News, and The Guardian.

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Carolyn Thorpe

(919) 843-9834

Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH is an associate professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. She conducts research to evaluate and improve prescribing quality and safety and medication adherence in older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

Joshua M Thorpe

(919) 225-2747

Joshua M. Thorpe, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) on NIH-funded studies including appropriate medication use and prescription safety, regulating licensed nursing practice in nursing homes, and disparities in healthy behaviors and preventive health behaviors in older adults with responsibilities for elder care.

Hisham Aljadhey, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Vice Dean, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University
Supervisor of Pharmacy Services at Medical City, King Saud University

Stacy Cooper Bailey, Ph.D., P.P.H.

Adjunct Professor
Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christopher M. Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Associate Dean for Research & Public Engagement
Research Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences
College of Health & Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Alan Boyd, M.Ac.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CNS Vital Signs LLC

M. Alan Brookhart, Ph.D., M.A., M.A.M.S.

Adjunct Professor
Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Patricia J. Bush, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

John Byrd, Ph.D., M.B.A

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Field Director, Specialty Scientific Account and Health Outcomes Liaisons, US Health Outcomes, GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC

Jay Campbell, J.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy

William Campbell, Ph.D., MS

Adjunct Professor
Professor-Emeritus, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Skip Cummings, Pharm.D.

Adjunct Professor
Professor, Family Medicine and Pediatrics, East Carolina University
Director Office of Clinical Trials Research, East Carolina University Division of Health Sciences

Greg Daniel, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Deputy Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD Center for Health Policy
Clinical Professor, Fuqua School of Business

Marisa Domino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Research Fellow, Cecil Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Stephanie Earnshaw, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Vice President of Health Economics, RTI Health Solutions

Heather M. Edin, M.S.P.H.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Medical Governance, Quality Risk Management & Compliance, US Medical Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline

Zhenghong Fu, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University

Jean Paul Gagnon, Ph.D., M.S.

Adjunct Professor
Former Senior Director of Policy and Strategic Advocacy at Sanofi

Alicia Gilsenan, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Director, Epidemiology
RTI International

John Grabenstein, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Senior Medical Director for Adult Vaccines, Merck Vaccines

Sandra B. Greene, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Professor of the Practice, UNCCH
Senior Research Fellow, Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNCCH

Matthew Lau, Pharm.D., M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Manager, US Health Outcomes Insights and Solutions at GlaxoSmithKline

Charles Lee, M.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Founder and President, Polyglot Systems, Inc.

Matthew Maciejewski, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Professor, Duke University Medical Center
Research Career Scientist, Durham VA Medical Center

T Bryant Mangum

Adjunct Associate Professor
Chief Pharmacy Officer at Premier, INC

Martin Marciniak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Vice President, US Medical Affairs, Customer Engagement, Value, Evidence and Outcomes at GlaxoSmithKline

Steven Moore, M.P.H.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Independent Consultant

Robert Overman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Data Scientist at NoviSci, LLC

David Kenneth “Theo” Raynor, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Leeds, UK

Elliott M Sogol PhD, RPh, FAPhA

       SVP Strategy

Richard Hiraiwa Stanford, Pharm.D., M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Director, Customer Engagement, Value Evidence and Outcomes, GlaxoSmithKline

Til Stürmer, M.D., Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Nancy A. Dreyer Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director, Center for Pharmacoepidemiology

Susan Sutherland, B.S.N., M.S.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Director, Research Institute, Mission Hospital

Melea Ward, Ph.D., M.S., Pharm.D.

Adjunct Professor
Director, Global Health & Value Outcomes & Evidence Oncology at Pfizer

Michael Waschovich, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Senior Director of Pharmacy Services at Premier Inc.

David Wei, Ph.D., M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Real World Data and Analytics at Johnson and Johnson MD&D

Morris Weinberger, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Research Professor, UNC Internal Medicine

Keele Wurst, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Epidemiology Manager, GlaxoSmithKline

Our Division enjoys hosting self-funded visiting national and international scholars. Scholars can participate in division seminars and courses and become involved with faculty research projects.

Scholars who have spent time with us in the past include:

Elizabeth Cox, M.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hye-Young Kang, Ph.D.
Yonsei University in South Korea, and

Maarit Korhonen, Ph.D.
University of Turku in Finland

If you have any interest in applying to spend time with us, please contact Betsy Sleath, PhD, George H Cocolas Distinguished Professor and Chair at