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Betty A Chewning, Ph.D.

Director, Sonderegger Research Center





Dr. Chewning (Professor) is Director of the Sonderegger Research Center. She completed her PhD in Educational Psychology and a post-doctoral program in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. She is a fellow in the APhA APRS and has served on several NIH and CDC study section review committees. She has served on Institute of Medicine committees evaluating Title X and family planning needs in the country. She is past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Social Administrative Sciences Division. Dr. Chewning also serves on the steering committee for the NIH funded ICTR-CAP and on the Partnership for Education and Research Committee.

Dr. Chewning's research, teaching and publications address patient and health care provider communication and its impact on a person's health outcomes for which she has received NIH and AHRQ funding as PI. Her focus is on patient-centered care, patient perceptions and regimen decisions. She also studies expanded pharmacist roles with respect to public health agendas and other community based interventions.

Dr. Chewning conducts multi-site longitudinal, descriptive and intervention studies to identify how to improve patients' management of their conditions/health. Her most recent NIH randomized controlled trial studied the impact of a pre-visit computerized assessment of patient visit agendas on encounters and the health outcome of reduced pain 6 months later. In a current demonstration project, she is testing a 2 module workshop to increase older adults' self-efficacy and skills to discuss medication questions with health care providers.

As Director of the Sonderegger Research Center (SRC), Dr. Chewning works to increase the infrastructure for research in health services research in pharmacy. She directed the development of a HIPPA/IRB compliant repository which will house shared health encounter tapes for use by researchers nationally.

With support of the NIH ICTR-CAP, Dr. Chewning and others in the Sonderegger Research Center established the Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link (PEARL Rx), an ongoing collaborative partnership with over 115 pharmacists in Wisconsin. With her graduate students, Dr. Chewning has worked with pharmacists to implement and evaluate pharmacy based interventions. She and her students have also studied a range of issues related to disparities in care, transitions in care and medication reconciliation. Her students have received annual awards for best APhA ESAS post-graduate papers in 2003, 2005, 2010, and in 2011 received the Wiederholt award for best paper published in JAPhA. She teaches the required PharmD. course, Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions as well as a graduate seminar on social and behavioral theory.

Professional Interests: Identifying client needs for health information and support and identifying interventions to promote improved health outcomes.


  • B.A. 1968 - University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. 1973 Edu. Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Postdoctoral 1974 Indust. Engineering - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Highlighted Publications:
  • Patwardhan P, Amin M, Chewning B. Intervention research to enhance community pharmacists’ cognitive services: A Systematic review. Res SocialAdm Pharm in press.
  • Pu J, Chewning B. Racial difference in diabetes preventive care. Res SocialAdm Pharm. 2012 Dec 12. doi:pii: S1551-7411(12)00350-6.10.1016/j.sapharm.2012.11.005. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23246362.
  • Kennelty KA, Thorpe JM, Chewning B, Mott DA. Use of pharmacists or pharmacies as Medicare Part D information sources. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012 Nov 1;52(6):e205-9. doi: 10.1331/ JAPhA.2012.11199. PubMed PMID: 23229982.
  • Tarn DM, Paterniti DA, Wenger NS, Williams BR, Chewning BA. Older patient, physician and pharmacist perspectives about community pharmacists' roles.  Int J Pharm  Pract. 2012 Oct;20(5):285-93. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7174.2012.00202.x. Epub 2012 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 22953767; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3442941.
  • Pu J, Chewning B, St Clair ID, Kokotailo PK, Lacourt J, Wilson D. Protective Factors in American Indian Communities and Adolescent Violence. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22926269.
  • Patwardhan PD, Chewning BA. Effectiveness of intervention to implement tobacco cessation counseling in community chain pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc  (2003). 2012 Jul-Aug;52(4):507-14. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2012.10117. PubMed PMID: 22825231.
  • Young HN, Havican SN, Griesbach S, Thorpe JM, Chewning BA, Sorkness CA. Patient and phaRmacist telephonic encounters (PARTE) in an underserved rural patient population with asthma: results of a pilot study. Telemed J E Health. 2012 Jul-Aug;18(6):427-33. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0194. Epub 2012 Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 22656403; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3399112.
  • Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Kennelty KA, Chewning BA. Depressive symptoms and reduced preventive care use in older adults: the mediating role of perceived access. Med Care. 2012 Apr;50(4):302-10. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e31821a933f. PubMed PMID: 21577167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3240709.
  • Chewning B, Bylund CL, Shah B, Arora NK, Gueguen JA, Makoul G. Patient preferences for shared decisions: a systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Jan;86(1):9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.02.004. Epub 2011 Apr 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 21474265.
  • Martin BA, Chewning B. Evaluating pharmacists’ ability to counsel on tobacco cessation using two standardized patient scenarios. Patient Education and Counseling. 2011;19-24.
  • Shah B, Chewning B. Concordance between observer reports and patient survey reports of pharmacist communication behaviors. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2011;7:272-80.
  • Amin M, Chewning B, Wahdan A. Sources of drug information for patients with chronic conditions in Alexandria, Egypt.  International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2011;19:13-20.
  • Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Kennelty K, Chewning BA. Depressive symptoms and reduced preventive care use in older adults: The mediating role of perceived access. Medical Care. 2011;May 13 (Epub ahead of print).
  • Montague E, Xu J, Asan O, Chen P, Chewning B, Barrett B. An illustration of modeling eye gaze patterns in doctor-patient interaction with lag sequential analysis. Human Factors. 2011; 53:502-16.
  • Rakel D, Barrett B, Zhang A, Hoeft T, Chewning B, Marchand L, Scheder J. Perception of empathy in the therapeutic encounter: Effects on the common cold. Patient Education and Counseling. 2011;390-7.
  • Young HN, Havican SN, Chewning BA, Sorkness CA, Ruppel X, Griesbach S. Patient And phaRmacist Telephonic Encounters (PARTE) in an underserved rural population with asthma: methods and rationale. INNOVATIONS in pharmacy. 2011; 2(3):1-10.
  • Martin BA, Bruskiewitz RH, Chewning BA.  The effect of a tobacco cessation continuing professional education program on pharmacists’ confidence, skills, and practice behaviors.  Journal of American Pharmacists Association. 2010; 50 (1):9-16.
  • Patwardhan P, Chewning B. Tobacco users’ perceptions of a brief tobacco-cessation intervention in community pharmacies. Journal of American Pharmacists Association. 2010;50 (5):568-74.
  • Beard A, Sleath B, Blalock SJ, Roth M, Weinberger M, Tuder G, Chewning B.  Predictors of rheumatoid arthritis patient-physician communication about medication costs during visits to rheumatologists. Arthritis Care and Research.  2010;62(5):632-9.
  • Bylund CL, D’Agostino TA, Ho E, Chewning B. Improving clinical communication and promoting health through concordance-based patient education. Communication Education. 2010;59 (3):294-311.
  • Patwardhan P, Chewning BA. Ask, Advise and Refer: Hypotheses generation to promote a brief tobacco cessation intervention in community pharmacies. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2009;17 (4): 221-229.
  • Guirguis LM, Chewning BA, Kieser MA. Predictors of Pharmacy Students’ Intentions to Monitor Diabetes. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2009;12(1): 33-45.
  • Guirguis LM, Chewning BA, Kieser MA. A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of structured patient interactions on pharmacy students’ counseling behaviors and attitudes. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2009;17:53-60.
  • Rakel DP, Hoeft TJ, Barrett BP, Chewning BA, Craig BM, Niu M. Practitioner empathy and the duration of the common cold. Family Medicine. 2009;41(7):494-501.
  • Sleath B, Chewning B, Devellis B, Weinberger M, Devellis R, Tudor G, Beard A. Communication about depression during rheumatoid arthritis patient visits. Arthritis Care and Research. 2008;59(2):186-191.
  • Guirguis LM, Chewning BA. Development of a measure to assess pharmacy students’ beliefs about monitoring chronic diseases. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2008;4(4): 402-416.
  • Craig B, Kraus CK, Chewning B, Davis J. Quality of care for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma based on comparisons to practice guidelines and smoking status. BMC Health Services Research. 2008; 8:144.
  • Guirguis LM, Kieser MA, Chewning BA, Kanous NL. Recall of A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels among community pharmacy patients with diabetes.  Journal of American Pharmacists Association.  2007;47(1):29-34.
  • Lee YS, Douglas J, Chewning B. Techniques for developing health quality of life scales for point of service use. Social Indicators Research. 2007;83(2):331-350.
  • Barrett B, Rakel D, Chewning B, Marchand L, Gern JE, Phyto K, Thomas G, Barlow S. Rational and methods for a trial assessing Echinacea and doctor patient interaction in common cold. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2007;(3) 561-572.
  • Guirguis LM, Chewning BA, Kieser MA, Kanous NL. Predictors of student pharmacist likelihood to perform a “Diabetes Check” after using role rehearsal with “Real Patients.” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 70: 2006;Article 56.
  • Shah B, Chewning B. Conceptualizing and measuring pharmacist-patient communication: A review of published studies. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2006;(2):153-185.
  • Schommer JC, Pedersen CA, Worley MM, Brown LM, Hadsall RS, Ranelli PL, Stratton TP, Uden DL, Chewning BA.  Provision of risk management and risk assessment information: The role of the pharmacist. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2006;(2):458-478.
  • Guirguis L, Chewning B. Role theory: Literature review and implications for patient-pharmacist interactions. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2005;(1):483-507.
  • Lacourt J, St.Clair D, Kokotailo P, Wilson D, Chewning B. “Know Your Roots”: Development and evaluation of an oral history curriculum for Native American middle school students. American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 2005;(29):59-74.
  • Curtin R., Sitter D., Schatell D., Chewning B. Self-management, knowledge, and functioning and well-being of patients on hemodialysis Nephrology Nursing Journal, 2004; 31:378-386.
  • Hermansen-Kobulnicky, C., Wiederholt, J., Chewning, B. "Side Effect Monitoring: Opportunity for Patient Care and Pharmacy Practice". Journal of American Pharmacists Association, 2004; 44:75-88.
  • Chewning, B. and Wiederholt, J. "Concordance in Consumer Provider Communication Regarding Cancer". Patient Education and Counseling, 2003 May; 50(1):75-78.
  • Chewning, B., Douglas, J., Kokotailo P., Lacourt, J., St. Clair, D., Wilson, D. "Protective Factors Associated with Indian Adolescents' Safer Sexual Patterns". Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 2001; 5:273-280.
  • Chewning, B., Wiederholt, J., Bell, C., Boh D., Boh, L., Douglas, J., Kreling, D., Van Koningsveld, R., Wilson, D. ΑDoes the concordance framework serve medicine management?@ The International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 9; 2001: 71-79.