Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., received her undergraduate degree in biological engineering from North Carolina State University, her master of science in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis/University of Tennessee, and her doctorate in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. She spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment (OSPA) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and currently serves the school as an associate professor in the division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and as the director of CIPhER. Dr. McLaughlin has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles about higher education, is on the editorial board for the journals Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and Education in the Health Professions, and serves as associate editor for BMJ Medical Education. Her published research spans a wide range of education topics, including admissions, flipped classrooms, experiential education, student organizations, diversity, graduate training, cognitive apprenticeship, and research methodology.
CIPhER Faculty Directors
CIPhER is led by one UNC Eshelman School faculty member, each with a half-time appointment to the center.
Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and director of educational development in CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Wayne State University and her Master’s in biomedical and health informatics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and an academic research fellowship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Currently, her research focuses on optimization of the medication use process and admission/residency predictive modeling.
Other CIPhER members
Susan Charamut received her BS in Accounting from Saint Thomas Aquinas College in New York. Susan is a former CPA who began her career as an auditor with what was then a “big eight” accounting firm, Price Waterhouse. She has worked in healthcare finance, elementary education, an investment firm and public health. As CIPhER’s Center Administrator, she provides comprehensive center and program management.
Carla Coste Sánchez, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate with CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics) from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her research interest include: best practices in teaching, curriculum development and assessment practices and professional development in graduate school education.
Lana Minshew is a postdoctoral research associate with CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She received her MEd in educational psychology from the University of Houston and earned her PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include design-based research, science education, collaboration, student learning and student discourse in science.
Faustina Nguyen, PharmD, is a postdoctoral research associate with CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2019. Her research interests include technology innovations in the classroom, collaboration, student learning and student discourse in science.
Adam Persky is a professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. He teaches physiology and pharmacokinetics. His research focuses on translating the science of learning and memory into practical application in the classroom and experiential settings.
Amanda Savage, PharmD, is a professor with the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and faculty fellow in CIPhER. She is located at the Asheville campus and her efforts have been focused in teaching, course coordination and development, didactic teaching and small group facilitation.
Michael D. Wolcott, PharmD, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor with the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as well as in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences at the UNC School of Dentistry. He is a faculty fellow of CIPhER and Director of the Educational Resources and Scholarship within the UNC School of Dentistry. His research focuses on preceptor development, design thinking, assessment, and technology-enhanced learning.
Thomas Anthony Angelo, Ed.D
Thomas Angelo, Ed.D., is executive director emeritus of CIPhER and clinical professor emeritus of educational innovation and research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education.
Amber Frick, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Jessica Greene, Pharm.D.
Jessica Greene, Pharm.D. is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an academic postdoctoral fellowship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is heavily engaged in the implementation of innovative, learner-centered instructional techniques and assessment methods. Currently, her research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, with an emphasis on learner experiences in active-learning classrooms, educational continuous quality improvement, and integration of basic and clinical science instruction.
Nikki Lobczowski is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies (LSPS) in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, she taught eight years of secondary mathematics. Her research focuses on how students collectively regulate their cognition, motivation, and emotions in collaborative groups. Thus far, her studies have led her and another LSPS student to create a collaborative app that faculty and students utilized the past two years at UNC’s School of Pharmacy. The app provides students working in groups with just-in-time strategies to help them regulate their learning as a group. In fall 2016, they won a grant from the School of Pharmacy’s Eshelman Institute for Innovation to continue their research. Nikki is currently working as a research assistant at the UNC School of Education. Upon completion of her doctoral program, she intends to obtain a tenure-track position at a Research 1 institution.
Kayley Lyons, Pharm.D., BCPS
Kayley Lyons was a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy at UNC – Chapel Hill School of Education, Doctorate of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University, Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and a Masters in Health Systems Pharmacy Administration from UNC. Her research interests include student motivation and regulation, collaborative project-based learning, and design-based research.
Amanda Olsen, Ph.D.
Amanda Olsen, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate with CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She received her MA in educational psychology and her PhD in statistics, measurement, and evaluation in education both from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her main research interests include applied quantitative methodologies, the analysis of large scale datasets, and program evaluation.
Ami Patel, Pharm.D.
Ami Patel, PharmD, was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education & Research until June 2018. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2017. Her primary areas of research focused on pharmacy student time use and its impact on academic performance as well as self-efficacy, career goals, and pharmacy training amongst underrepresented minority students. Her teaching activities included lecturing at the UNC School of Dentistry, precepting students during Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), and serving as a teaching assistant for Pharmacotherapy courses.
Joe Yi was a doctoral student in the biostatistics program at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in CIPhER. His responsibilities range from data visualization of pharmacy education data with Tableau to categorical and longitudinal statistical analysis in SAS.