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Karen Farris

Charles R Walgreen III Professor of Pharmacy Administration 
Clinical Pharmacy

PhD, University of Michigan

Karen Farris received her BS in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and her doctorate from U-M, with training in pharmacy, social psychology, and health behavior. Her research and teaching focus on social theories to examine how individuals manage medications and how pharmacists in primary care settings influence medication use. She studies individuals’ medication adherence, reasons for non-adherence, including concern and necessity beliefs, and self-reporting adverse effects. She has quantified the impact of pharmacists’ care on medication adherence and health outcomes.

Farris has served on NIH study sections for Small Business Innovation Research; Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Review; and Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies. She is an active member in the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Quality Alliance. She was named Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor in Biological and Life Sciences at the University of Iowa, in 2007, and an APhA Fellow in 2006.

Community and Professional Affiliation(s)

American Pharmacists Association | Fellow

Research Area(s)

Health outcomes


  • Principal investigator of: Faith in Action Research Alliance: Reducing diabetes among Pacific Islanders
  • Co-investigator of: Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MCHR)
  • Principal investigator of: Foundation Funding: Creating a Roadmap for Pharmacy Investigators
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