Karen Farris, PhD is the Charles R. Walgreen III Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She is Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and serves as Director of the Pilot Grant Program at the University of Michigan’s clinical and translational center, MICHR. 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. She has obtained over $7 million in PI/co-PI grants and over $8 million as co-investigator on other grants, all involving pharmacists and their impact on health and health outcomes or medication adherence.
Dr. Farris’ interprofessional education (IPE) experience includes leading case discussions with a group of ~8-12 health professional students each week, in a semester-long case-based course for all health professional students at the University of Alberta in 1996-1998. She is serving as course coordinator and instructor in Service Learning for Health Professionals (P503/SW573/PH503) for the 2015-2016 academic year. This course was among the first to be designated as IPE at the University of Michigan.