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Olufunmilola Abraham, PhD, MS, BPharm

Associate Professor

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Dr. Abraham’s research goal is to improve medication use for vulnerable and underserved populations particularly adolescents, emerging young adults, and people living with serious chronic health conditions. Her research interests include:

  • Pediatric Health Services Research
  • Adolescent & Family Health
  • Medication Safety
  • Game-based Learning
  • Technology Use 
  • Medication Self-management of Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Pharmacist-led Interventions for Chronic Disease Management and Medication Use
  • Patient, Family & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Community-Engaged Research

Dr. Olufunmilola Abraham is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences Division. Dr. Abraham directs the Collaborative Research on MEdication use family health (CRoME) Lab. She is a NIH/UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 Scholar. Dr. Abraham is also a Fellow of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity and the UW Morgridge Center for Public Service. Dr. Abraham is a member of Carbone Cancer Center and the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is one of the UW-Madison STEM diversity advocates which includes faculty that serve as role models, mentors, and have a strong commitment to supporting a culture that values diversity and fosters inclusion in STEM. Dr. Abraham is the recipient of the 2018 Wiederholt Prize for Best Published Paper Award for Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) from the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Abraham also received the 2012 Best Post-Graduate Podium Presentation and Best Post-Graduate Poster Presentation Awards from the American Pharmacists Association. 

Dr. Abraham received her BPharm Degree from University of Lagos, Nigeria and practiced as a hospital and community pharmacist in Nigeria. Dr. Abraham received her MS and PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the UW School of Pharmacy. She also received a PhD minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering from UW, focused on human factors and ergonomics and a graduate certification in patient safety. Prior to becoming a faculty member at UW, Dr. Abraham served as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine (Departments of Pediatrics, Biomedical Informatics), Health Policy Institute, Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing (CP3), and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Abraham’s research goal is to improve medication use for vulnerable and underserved populations such as children, young adults, and people living with serious chronic health conditions. Dr. Abraham has over ten years of experience in conducting research to improve pharmacy practice and quality of patient care. Her research focuses on development and dissemination of innovative interventions such as serious games to promote medication safety and adherence. Dr. Abraham uses human factors and system engineering concepts and techniques to characterize pharmacy practice and the medication use process. Currently, her research foci include, opioid medication safety, medication self-management in cystic fibrosis, cancer awareness, and game-based learning. Dr. Abraham is the author of over 40 publications and has over 70 scientific presentations which include invited lectures, seminars, and conference presentations. She has been funded by the American Cancer Society, Community Pharmacy Foundation, AcademyHealth, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, UW Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Translational Science Institute.   

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice (S&A PHM 414): The goals of this course are to introduce students to psychosocial and behavioral aspects of pharmacy practice and patient care, including (1) the pharmacist's role in patient care and public health; (2) patient perspectives and factors related to health and medication use; (3) patient-pharmacist interaction and communication and (4) principles of personnel management in pharmacy practice. Dr. Abraham coordinates the unit on personnel management in pharmacy practice. This aspect of the course covers topics such as leadership essentials and self-management for pharmacists, models for collaborative and transformational leadership, creation of desirable workplaces, team-based health care, management concepts and principles, effective performance management, successful recruitment and hiring practices, prevention of occupational burnout and fatigue and promoting professional wellbeing in pharmacy practice.

Community Engagement in Health Services Research (S&A PHM 703): Dr. Abraham received a course development grant from the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service to develop a course that prepares graduate-level students for community-engaged health services research. The goal of this graduate level course is to prepare our MS/PhD students in community-engaged scholarship. Students are trained to develop meaningful research partnerships with relevant community stakeholders throughout the continuum of their research. Students are introduced to key principles of community engagement and team science which enable them to work respectfully with community partners to identify research questions, develop community-engaged grant proposals, and appropriate methods of recruitment, data collection, and analysis. In summary, this new course is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and knowledge about the importance of community engagement in conducting health services research.

Highlighted Publications:

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:

  • Abraham, O, Rosenberger, C, LeMay, S, Bittner, S. Adolescents’ perceptions about cancer and preferences for cancer education. Cancer Control. 2021;28:1-12.
  • Abraham, O, Szela, L, Feng, E, Egbujor, M, Gay, S. Exploring youth perceptions about cancer prevention ad preferences for cancer education: a qualitative study. J Cancer Educ. In Press. Published online August 13, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, Thakur, T, Brasel, K, Norton, D, Rosenberger, C. Development of the adolescent opioid safety and learning (AOSL) scale using exploratory factor analysis. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021. In Press. Available online June 12, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, Buechel, M, Gay, S, Szela, L, Decker, C, Braun, A. Utilizing a work system framework to characterize pharmacist’s role in cystic fibrosis management: perspectives of a multidisciplinary care team. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. Accepted July 8, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, Rosenberger, C, LeMay, S, Bittner, S. Adolescents’ perceptions about cancer and preferences for cancer education. Cancer Control. Accepted July 9, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, Torner, C. Preparing graduate students for community engagement in health services research. Innov Pharm. Accepted April 27, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, LeMay, S, Nixon, G, Braun, A, Szela, L, Decker, C. Characterizing medication management and the role of pharmacists in caring for people living with cystic fibrosis: A work system approach. J Am Pharm Assoc. Accepted April 4, 2021.
  • Abraham, O, Szela, L, Thakur, T, Brasel, K, Brown, R. Adolescents perspectives on prescription opioid misuse and medication safety. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2021;26(2):133-143.
  • Abraham, O, Tidd, M, Buechel, M, Thakur, T, Brown, R. Student pharmacists’ assessment of a serious game on opioid medication safety. Innov Pharm. 2020;11(4):Article 19.
  • Abraham, O, Szela, L, Norton, D, Stafford, H, Hoernke, M, Brown, R. Adolescents’ Awareness about Prescription Opioid Misuse and Preferences for Educational Interventions. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2020;60(6):P978-985.
  • Abraham, O, Babal, J, Brasel, KV, Gay, SL, Hoernke, M. Strategies first year pharmacy students use to promote well-being. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. Accepted June 25, 2020.
  • Abraham, O, Thakur, T, Brown, R. Developing a Theory-Driven Serious Game to Promote Prescription Opioid Safety Among Adolescents: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Serious Games. 2020 (July 03); 8(3):e18207.
  • Abraham, O, LeMay, S, Bittner, S, Thakur, T, Stafford, H, Brown, R. Investigating serious games that incorporate medication use for patients: a systematic literature review. JMIR Serious Games. 2020;8(2):e16096. doi:10.2196/16096.
  • Babal, J, Abraham, O, Weber, S, Watterson, T, Moua, P, Chen, J. Student pharmacist perspectives of factors that influence wellbeing during pharmacy school. Am J Pharm Educ. Published online February 7, 2020. doi:
  • Abraham, O, Morris, AO. Opportunities for outpatient pharmacy services for patients with cystic fibrosis: perceptions of healthcare team members. Pharmacy. 2019;7(2)34.
  • Abraham, O, Feathers, A, Grieve, LB, Babichenko, D. Developing and piloting a serious game to educate children about over-the-counter medication safety. J Pharm Health Serv Res. June 2019;10(2):235-241.
  • Abraham, O, Thakur, T, Brown, R. Prescription opioid misuse and the need to promote medication safety among adolescents. Res Social Adm Pharm. In Press. Themed Issue on Medication Safety. Published online January 11, 2019.
  • Ko, J, Connor, S, Jonkman, L, Abraham, O. Student pharmacists’ perspectives of service-learning experiences in free clinics. Am J Pharm Educ. Accepted for Publication January 30, 2019.
  • Abraham, O, Feathers, A, Mook, HN, Korenoski, AS.The perceived benefits of student pharmacists educating children on over-the-counter medication safety. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2019;11(2):184-191.
  • Abraham, O, Chmielinski, J. Adolescents’ misuse of over-the-counter medications: the need for pharmacist-led intervention. Innov Pharm. 2018;9(3):Article 4. doi:
  • Cothrel, S, Abraham, O. How can health kiosks facilitate patient engagement? Pennsylvania Pharmacist Journal. Accepted for Publication September 10, 2018 for November-December Issue.
  • Abraham, O, Wytiaz, R, Feathers, A. Pediatric use of medication adherence apps: a qualitative analysis of the perspectives of children and parents. 2019;49:2 (April 2019 edition). doi: 10.1002/jppr.1460.
  • Han, J, Jungsuwadee, P, Abraham, O, Ko, D. Shared decision-making and women’s adherence to breast and cervical cancer screenings. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(1509):1-13.
  • Abraham, O, Brothers, AL, Rubin, MF, Deblasio, RN. How can pharmacists support STI prevention and treatment among female adolescents and young adults? Innov Pharm. 2017;8(2): Article 3.
  • Abraham, O, Rubin, M, Monangai, KE, Feathers, A. Perspectives on pharmacist involvement in STI prevention and treatment counseling for adolescents and young adults. Pennsylvania Pharmacist May/June 2018:99(3):16.
  • Abraham, O, Li, J, Monangai, KE, Feathers, AM, Weiner, DJ. Pharmacists’ role in supporting people living with cystic fibrosis. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2018;58(3):246-249.
  • Abraham, O, Feathers, A, Schleiden, LJ, Ye, X. Exploring over-the-counter medication use among college students and the role of pharmacists. Int J Pharm. 2018;8(1):75-81.
  • Abraham, O, Patel, M, Feathers, A. Acceptability of health kiosks within African-American community settings. Health Serv Res Manag Epidemiol. 2018:5:1-5.
  • Carpenter DM, Roberts CA, Westrick SC, Ferreri SP, Kennelty KA, Look KA, Abraham O, Wilson C. A content review of naloxone Continuing Education courses for pharmacists in states with standing orders. Res Social Adm Pharm. In Press November 21, 2017.
  • Salman, H, Abraham, O, Norman, BA. Simulating pharmacy operations to increase medication therapy management. IIE Annual Conference. Proceedings. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) 2017:512-517.
  • Chui, MA, Holden, RJ, Russ, AL, Abraham, O, Srinivas, P, Stone, JA, Jahn, MA, Ozkaynak, M. Human Factors in pharmacy. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2017 International Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings. 2017;61(1):666-670.
  • Abraham, O, Schleiden, LJ, Albert, SM. Over-the-counter medications containing diphenhydramine and doxylamine used by older adults to improve sleep. Int J Clin Pharm. 2017;39(4):808-817
  • Abraham, O, Brothers A, Rubin M, DeBlasio R. How can pharmacists support STI prevention and treatment among female adolescents and young adults? Inov Pharm. 2017;8(2): Article 3.
  • Abraham, O, Myers, MN, Brothers, AL, Montgomery J, Norman B, Fabian T. Assessing need for pharmacist involvement to improve care coordination for patients on LAI antipsychotics transitioning from hospital to home: a work system approach. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017;13(5):1004-1013.
  • Abraham, O, Alexander, DS, Schleiden, LJ, Carpenter, DM. Identifying barriers and facilitators that affect community pharmacists’ ability to engage children in medication counseling: a pilot study. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2017;22(6):412-422.
  • Abraham, O, Schleiden, LJ, Brothers, AL, Albert SM. Managing sleep problems using nonprescription medications and the role of community pharmacists: older adults’ perspectives. Int J Pharm Pract. 2017;25(6):438-446.
  • Abraham, O, Brothers, A, Alexander, DS, Carpenter, DM. Pediatric medication use experiences and patient counseling in community pharmacies: perspectives of children and parents. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2017;57(1):38-46.
  • Carpenter, DM, Abraham, O, Alexander, DS, Horowitz, K. Counseling of children and adolescents in community pharmacies: Results from a 14-day observational study. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(3):266-69.
  • Abraham, O, Pu, J, Schleiden, LJ, Albert, SM. Factors contributing to poor satisfaction with sleep and healthcare seeking behavior in older adults. Sleep Health. 2016;3(1);43-48.
  • Abraham, O, Schleiden, LJ, Chui, MA. Errors Related to Outpatient E-Prescribing. Book Chapter 6. Safety of Health IT: Clinical Case Studies. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016: 69-79.
  • Bacci, JL, Coley, KC, McGrath, K, Abraham, O, Adams, AJ, McGivney, MS. Strategies to facilitate the implementation of collaborative practice agreements (cpas) in chain community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(3):257-65.
  • Wytiaz, RM, Lee, HM, Odukoya, OK. Smart phone apps: An innovative approach to improving pediatric medication adherence. Innov Pharm. 2015;6(4):1-4.
  • Odukoya, OK, Schleiden, LJ, Chui, MA. The hidden role of community pharmacy technicians in ensuring patient safety with the use of e-prescribing. Pharmacy. 2015;3(4):330-43.
  • Gathuru, IM, Odukoya, OK, Thorpe, JM. Under treatment of depression among midlife and older adults in the United States. Soc Pharm J. 2015;1(1):e2343.
  • Odukoya, OK, Stone, JA, Chui, MA. Barriers and facilitators to recovering from e-prescribing errors in community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015 Jan-Fe 55(1):52-8.
  • Schleiden, LJ, Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. Older adults’ perceptions of e-prescribing: Impact on patient care. Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2015 Winter:1-15.
  • Maxwell, L, Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA, Stone, JA. Using conflict conceptual framework to describe challenges to coordinated patient care from the physicians’ and pharmacists’ perspective. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2014 Nov-Dec;10(6):824-36.
  • Odukoya, OK, Stone, JA, Chui, MA. E-prescribing errors in community pharmacies: Exploring consequences and contributing factors. Int J Med Inform. 2014 Ju 83(6):427-37.
  • Chui, MA, Stone, JA, Odukoya, OK, Maxwell, L. Facilitating collaboration between pharmacists and physicians using an iterative interview process. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2014;54(1):35-41.
  • Odukoya, OK, Stone, JA, Chui, MA. How do community pharmacies recover from e-prescription errors? Res Social Adm Pharm. 2013 Nov-Dec;10(6):837-52.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA, Pu, J. Factors influencing pharmacy-patient interaction at the drive-thru and walk-in window. Int J Pharm Pract. 2014 Aug;22(4):246-56.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. E-prescribing: characterization of patient safety hazards in community pharmacies using a sociotechnical systems approach. BMJ Qual and Saf. 2013;22(10):816-25.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. Retail pharmacy staff perceptions of design strengths and weaknesses of electronic prescribing. J Am Med Inform. 2012;19(6):1059-65.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. Relationship between e-prescriptions and community pharmacy workflow. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2012;52(6):168-74.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. E-prescribing: A focused review and new approach to addressing safety in pharmacies and primary care. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2012;9(6):996-1003.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. Commentary on the federal government’s role in influencing e-prescribing use and research. Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2012;9(1):1-9.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA. Using think aloud protocols to assess e-prescribing safety and usability in community pharmacies. Innov Pharm. 2012;3(3):article 88.
  • Odukoya, OK, Chui, MA, Breslow, RM. Application of medication safety strategies by pharmacy students in community pharmacies to improve quality of care. Journal of Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. 2010;13(6):33-6.