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Olufunmilola Abraham, PhD, MS, BPharm

Assistant Professor


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

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

Dr. Olufunmilola Abraham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences Division. Dr. Abraham is also a Fellow of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity and the UW Morgridge Center for Public Service. She 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, women, 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, 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 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.

Community Engagement in Health Services Research (S&A PHM 911): The goal of this graduate level course is to prepare our MS/PhD students in community engaged scholarship. Students will be trained to develop meaningful research partnerships with relevant community stakeholders throughout the continuum of their research. Students will learn to work respectfully with community partners to identify research questions, develop community-participatory 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 community engagement fits into the broader world of health services research.

Highlighted Publications:

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/50371090/?sort=date direction=descending

  • 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. doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.01.003.
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.24926/iip.v9i3.979.
  • 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, 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. https://issuu.com/nochippedpaint/docs/may-june-2018.
  • 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.