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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


  • Funded by: FARRIS, Karen B
  • Principal investigator of: Impact of an oral anti-cancer agent practice model on medication adherence and persistence of molecular targeted treatments: applying implementation science in a large health system
  • Consultant on: Developing Effective Strategies to Implement Comprehensive Medication Review in Older Adults to Reduce Neurocognitive Adverse Effects after Critical Illness
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