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.