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 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 $2 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 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-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 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 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.