• Betty Chewning
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Apoorva Reddy, PhD

NIH T32 Research Trainee

As a TL1 Fellow with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Apoorva completed her Master’s Thesis titled: The Behavioral Economics of Self-Medication: Protection Motivation Survey Design and Factor Analysis. She also completed the Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Research.

Apoorva currently evaluates cannabinoid therapies in patients with neurological conditions and cancer. 

Previous Research Experience:

Health Services Research

  • Chewning Lab | University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Improved the design of a device that collects patient medication information
  • Systems Approach to Medication Safety Lab | University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Developed and evaluated a community pharmacy intervention aimed at preventing OTC misuse by older adults (AHRQ-funded project)
    • Assisted in planning the 2018 Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference

Clinical Research

  • Schmitz Lab | Carbone Cancer Center
    • Developed an IND in coordination with partners in the private sector 
  • Transplant Surgery Department | University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Gathered information on patients using electronic health records system to conduct retrospective chart review study under supervision of Dr. Chinnakotla
  • Minnesota Medical Research Foundation | Minneapolis, MN
    • Screened, consented, and collected relevant data from Hennepin County Medical Center ED patients and their physicians for collaborative clinical research studies
    • Trained new research associates

Basic Science Research

  • Nakagawa Lab | Neurodevelopment | University of Minnesota
    • Characterized the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of progenitor cell populations in the thalamus using mouse models
  • Rao Lab | Pediatric Neonatalology | University of Minnesota
    • Awarded Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Scholarship to complete project titled: Investigating Transporter Protein and Gene Regulation in the Iron-Deficient and Iron-Sufficient Brain

Public Health Research

  • Resilient Communities Project | Carver County Public Health Dept., MN
    • Developed key informant interview questions and conducted focus groups to identify developmental health concerns in Carver County’s Latino community


Apoorva is a research assistant for Dr. Betty Chewning and a teaching assistant for the UW Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation program.

Apoorva earned a Master's of Science degree in Health Services Research in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a TL1 Fellow with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, she also completed the certificate in fundamentals of clinical research. Apoorva earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Apoorva is President of the Global Health, One Health Interest Group based in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She serves on the student subcommittee for the UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Her goal is to improve diversity and collaborative training approaches across health professions.


  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (2022)
  • Winner of the National Center for Health Statistics/AcademyHealth Data Visualization Challenge (2021)
  • TL1 Predoctoral NIH Fellowship (2018 – 2020)
  • Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Seed Project grant (2020)
  • UW Multicultural Leadership Award Nomination: Outstanding Student Organization Leader (2020)
  • First Place Community-Engagement Grant Proposal Presentation (2019)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences TL1 Blue Ribbon Award (2019)
  • WISCIENCE Public Service Fellowship in Public Policy (2018 – 2019)
  • 2018 Joseph B. Wiederholt Consortium for Research in Administrative Pharmacy Award (recognizes the best graduate student research and presentation at the 2018 Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference)



Apoorva is a guest lecturer for the UW Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation (PPI) program. The course she supports is "PHARMACY 674 - Cannabinoids in Science and Society". 

Previously, she has been a TA for courses within the PharmD and PPI curriculum including: "SA PHM 652 - Pharmacist Communication: Educational And Behavioral Interventions" and "SA PHM 411 - Pharmacy in the Health Care System".

Highlighted Publications:
  • Reddy, A. C., Chui, M. A. (2023). Using Protection Motivation Theory to Develop a Survey of Over-the-Counter Decision-Making by Older Adults. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 
  • Reddy, A. C. (2022). Future Directions for the International Cannabis Toolkit (iCannToolkit). Addiction. 
  • Shah, S., Gilson, A. M., Jacobson, N., Reddy, A., Stone, J. A., Chui, M. A. (2020). Understanding the factors influencing older adults’ decision-making about their use of over-the-counter medications—a scenario-based approach. Pharmacy, 8(3), 175. 
  • Gilson, A. M., Xiong, K. Z., Stone, J. A., Jacobson, N., Phelan, C., Reddy, A., Chui, M. A. (2020). Improving patient-pharmacist encounters with over-the-counter medications: A mixed-methods pilot study. Innovations in Pharmacy, 11(1). 
  • Gilson, A. M., Stone, J. A., Reddy, A., Chui, M. A. (2019). Exploring how pharmacists engage with patients about over-the-counter medications. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 59(6), 852-856. 
  • Reddy, A., Abebe, E., Rivera, A. J., Stone, J. A., Chui, M. A. (2019). Interruptions in community pharmacies: Frequency, sources, and mitigation strategies. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 15(10), 1243-1250. 
  • Reddy, A., Lester, C. A., Stone, J. A., Holden, R. J., Phelan, C. H., Chui, M. A. (2019). Applying participatory design to a pharmacy system intervention. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 15(11), 1358-1367. 
  • Serrano, O. K., Mongin, S. J., Berglund, D., Goduguchinta, V., Reddy, A., Vock, D. M., … Chinnakotla, S. (2019). Clinical utility of postoperative phosphate recovery profiles to predict liver insufficiency after living donor hepatectomy. The American Journal of Surgery, 218(2), 374-379. 
  • Serrano, O. K., Gannon, A., Olowofela, A. S., Reddy, A., Berglund, D., Matas, A. J. (2019). Long‐term outcomes of pediatric kidney transplant recipients with a pretransplant malignancy. Pediatric transplantation, 23(7), e13557.

Apoorva has volunteered as a support group facilitator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. She has been a tutor for Literacy Network, an advisor for the UW Bhangra team, and a Spanish translator for Dreamers of Wisconsin.