Karen Farris

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry
Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy Charles R. Walgreen III Professor in Pharmacy Administration and Professor of Social & Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
(734) 763-5150
Short bio: 

1990-1993 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Pharmacy Ph.D. 1993

1988-1989 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Health Services Administration M.P.A. 1989

1983-1986 University of Tennessee - Memphis, Memphis, TN Pharmacy B.S. 1986

Research summary: 

Social-behavioral theories are used to examine how older adults manage their medications and the roles of community and ambulatory pharmacists in influencing medication use, including public health issues. Medication-taking behaviors including adherence reporting and adverse drug events, particularly among older adults, are the focus of her research. Her most recent work with community pharmacists focused on their possible role in reducing unintended pregnancy. Dr. Farris brings qualitative and quantitative approaches to her work.

Recent publications: 
  • Olayinka Oladimeji, Karen B. Farris. Variation in patients’ and pharmacists’ attribution of symptoms and the relationship to concern beliefs in medicines. Research Soc Admin Pharm 2010;6:334-344.
  • Karen B. Farris, Daniel Ashwood, Jennifer McIntosh, Natalie A. DiPietro, Nicole Monastersky Maderas, Sharon Cohen Landau, John Swegle , Orod Solemani*. Preventing unintended pregnancy: pharmacists’ roles in practice and policy via partnerships. J Am Pharm Assoc 2010;50:604-12.

  • Elizabeth John Unni, Karen B. Farris. Unintentional non-adherence and belief in medicines in older adults. Pat Educ Counsel 2010; doi:10.1016/j.pec.2010.05.006.
  • Olayinka Oladimeji Shiyanbola, Karen B. Farris. Patient's concern beliefs in medicines and inappropriate prescriptions: risk factors for self-reported adverse drug events among older adults. Am J Geriat Pharmacother 2010;8:245-57.

  • Karen B. Farris, Ada Demb, Kristin K. Janke, Katherine Kelley, Steve Scott. Assessment to transform competency-based curricula. AACP White Paper for the 2009 Curriculum Summit. Am J Pharm Educ 2009;73(8) Article 158.
  • Elizabeth John Unni, Karen B. Farris. Developing a new scale to measure self reported medication non-adherence. Research Soc Admin Pharm 2009, Available online 9 October 2009, doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2009.06.005.

  • Sarah Snyder Lee*, Ann Schwemm*, Jeffrey Reist, Matthew Cantrell, Michael Andreski, William Doucette, Karen B. Farris. Effect of a geriatric-focused MTM Tool on student pharmacists’ and pharmacists identification of drug-related problems. Am J Pharm Educ 2009;73:Article 52.
  • Barry Carter, Karen B. Farris, Paul Abramowitz, David Weetman, Peter Kaboli, Jeffrey Dawson, Paul James, Alan Christensen, John Brooks. The Iowa Continuity of Care Study: Background and Methods. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2008 65:1631-42

  • Karen B. Farris, Beth B. Phillips. Assessing medication management capacity in the geriatric population. Ann Pharmacother 2008;42:1026-1036, DOI 10.1345/aph.1G502.
  • Elizabeth J John, Theresa Vavra*, Karen Farris, Jay Currie, William Doucette, Brenna Button-Neumann^, Matt Osterhaus, Patty Kumbera, Tom Halterman, Tammy Bullock. Workplace-Based Cardiovascular Risk Management by Community Pharmacists: Impacton Blood Pressure and Lipid Level. Pharmacother 2006;26:1511-7.

  • Dale B. Christensen, Karen B. Farris. Pharmaceutical Care in Community Pharmacies: Practice and Research in the United States. Ann Pharmacother 2006;40:1400-6.
  • Karen B. Farris. (Invited Peer-Reviewed Editorial) Relationships & responsibilities are critical to team care in medication management. Research Soc Admin Pharm, 2005; 1:369-74.

  • Karen B. Farris, Fernando Fernandez-Llimos, SI Benrimoj. Pharmaceutical care in community pharmacies: practice and research from around the world. Ann
  • Pharmacother 2005;39:1539-41 (DOI 10.1345/aph.1G049).