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Apoorva Reddy, M.S.

Graduate Student NIH TL1 trainee - UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

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.

She currently works with Dr. Natalie Schmitz and her advisor, Dr. Betty Chewning, to understand the perceptions and potential utility of cannabis products in patients with neurodegenerative diseases (focusing mainly on Parkinson's). 

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

  • 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 currently a research assistant for Dr. Betty Chewning and Dr. Natalie Schmitz.

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.


  • 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 teaching assistant for the UW Health Services Research in Pharmacy Graduate Program. Under the direction of Dr. Betty Chewning, Apoorva supports the course entitled: Pharmacist Communiation: Educational And Behavioral Interventions.

Highlighted Publications:
  • Shah S, Gilson AM, Jacobson N, Reddy A, Stone J, Chui MA. Understanding factors influencing older adults’ decision- making about their use of over-the-counter medication. Accepted to MDPI.
  • Gilson A, Xiong K, Stone JA, Reddy AC, Chui MA. Improving patient-pharmacist encounters with over-the-counter medications: A mixed-methods pilot study. Accepted to INNOVATIONS in phmaracy.
  • Gilson A, Stone JA, Reddy AC, Chui MA. Exploring How Pharmacists Engage with Patients about Over-the-Counter Medications. Accepted to Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
  • Reddy AC, Abebe E, Rivera AJ, Stone JA, Chui MA. Frequency and Sources of Interruptions in Community Pharmacies. Accepted to Research in Social Administrative Pharmacy.
  • Reddy AC, Lester CA, Stone JA, Holden RJ, Phelan C, Chui MA. Applying Participatory Design to a Pharmacy System Intervention. Accepted to Research in Social Administrative Pharmacy.
  • Serrano OK, Mongin SJ, Berglund D, Goduguchinta V, Reddy A, Vock DM, Kirchner V, Kandaswamy R, Pruett TL, Chinnakotla S. Clinical Utility of Postoperative Phosphate Recovery Profiles to Predict Liver Insufficiency after Living Donor Hepatectomy. Accepted to The American Journal of Surgery.
  • Serrano OK, Gannon A, Ayokunle O, Reddy A, Berglund D, Matas AJ. Long-term outcomes of pediatric kidney transplant recipients with a pretransplant malignancy. Accepted to Pediatric Transplantation.

Apoorva is a volunteer Spanish translator for the Dreamers of Wisconsin. She also serves on the board of Wisconsin's School of Bhangra.

Apoorva also volunteers as a tutor for Literacy Network and as a support group facilitator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.