Betsy Sleath, Ph.D.

George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and Chair Director of Child and Adolescent Health Program, Cecil G Sheps Center Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology Adjunct Professor, Health Policy Management Adjunct Professor Adjunct Professor

Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of 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 a $1.9M grant titled “Using question prompt lists during pediatric asthma visits to increase adolescent involvement” that is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is co-principal investigator on a PharmAlliance grant “Developing skills and confidence of pharmacy students to communicate with adolescents about health and medicines” with Felicity Smith, PhD at University College London. She is principal investigator on a 1.6 million dollar grant “Improving African American Glaucoma Patient Involvement in Visits and Outcomes.”

Sleath teaches ethics, communications and research methods. She teaches in the grant writing and social and behavioral aspects of pharmaceutical use 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.

Sleath is principal investigator on a $1.9 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute titled “Using question prompt lists during pediatric asthma visits to increase adolescent involvement”. She is co-principal investigator on a PharmAlliance grant “Developing skills and confidence of pharmacy students to communicate with adolescents about health and medicines” with Felicity Smith, PhD at University College London. She is principal investigator on a 1.6 million dollar grant “Improving African American Glaucoma Patient Involvement in Visits and Outcomes.”

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 and she currently serves as a special government employee consultant to the Food and Drug Administration. She is also past chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section of The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She chaired a Joint Council of Faculties/Council of Deans Task Force for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) on “Surviving in an Era of Declining Federal Support”. The final report is on AACP’s website.

  • 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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