Betsy Sleath, PhD

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Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor
Director of Child Health Program, Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research



UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
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Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7573
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Betsy Sleath

Betsy Sleath, PhD, is the chair and George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is co-director of the Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship core of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. She is Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is director of the Child Health Program at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, as well as a senior research fellow at Sheps.

Most of her research focuses on:  provider-patient communication, engaging children and parents more in medication discussions during pediatric visits, and improving patient medication adherence. Her work in this area has been funded by NHLBI, NIA, NIMH, NEI, AHRQ, and the Bayer Institute for Health Communication. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in pharmacy and a BA in sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Sleath is principal investigator on a $2.0 million grant from the National Eye Institute which is examining how provider-glaucoma patient communication influences patient eye drop technique and glaucoma medication persistence and adherence. She also is principal investigator on grant from the UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities titled “Patient adoption of an Internet based diabetes medication tool to improve adherence”.  She is co-investigator on a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) titled “Padres efectivos (parent activation): Skills Latina mothers use to get healthcare for their children” (Kathleen Thomas, PhD, PI).

Sleath serves on the editorial boards of Patient Education and Counseling and the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

Sleath was a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. She is also past chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section of The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She recently 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.

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