Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her research focuses on interpersonal influences on disease self-management for adolescents and adults living with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and arthritis. She is particularly interested in using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to improve patients’ chronic disease self-management and quality of life, especially for rural populations. She has a tailored video software program to improve children’s asthma inhaler technique.
During her postdoctoral training at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Carpenter studied how conflicting medication information affected arthritis patients’ self-efficacy and medication adherence. Her work in this area has received awards from the Society for Behavioral Medicine and American College of Rheumatology. She also has served as the principal investigator on grants from the American Lung Association, the Arthritis Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and the UNC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Her goal is to use the results from her studies to develop interventions to enhance patient-provider communication about medication-related issues and improve the ability of patients to better self-manage disease.
- Clinical (certified respiratory therapist)
- Public health (Ph.D. and M.S.P.H.) training