Meet the 2019-2020 APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Research (APhA-APRS) Executive Council

APhA-APRS President (2019-2020)


Edward M. Bednarczyk, PharmD, FCCP 

A Clinical Associate Professor and Chairman of Pharmacy Practice at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). He received his BS in pharmacy from UB in 1984, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Buffalo General Hospital in 1985. He went on to receive his PharmD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina followed by a fellowship in Clinical Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. He came to the University at Buffalo in 1993 through the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Lab and the Department of Nuclear Medicine within the School of Medicine. He switched his primary appointment to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1998. He was named Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 2007. His research is largely focused on the use of molecular imaging to explore drug effects, with his clinical responsibilities divided between nuclear medicine and neurology.

APhA-APRS President-elect (2019-2020)

David P. Nau, PhD, RPh, FAPhA

An Executive Vice President of AZOVA, Inc., a healthcare technology company that serves pharmacies, physicians and health systems. Prior to joining AZOVA, Dr. Nau worked within academia and held tenured faculty roles at Nova Southeastern University, the University of Kentucky and University of Michigan. He was also the founding President of Pharmacy Quality Solutions and also served as Senior Director at PQA where he was responsible for development of quality measures related to medication use. Dr. Nau has worked with health plans and pharmacies across the nation on innovative models for improving the quality of medication use and has published numerous studies on medication adherence and health outcomes.

APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Section Chair (2019-2020)

Jennifer T. Lamberts, PhD

An Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral training in neurodegenerative science at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Lamberts then joined the faculty at Ferris State University in 2014. Dr. Lamberts' research interests include defining the cellular mechanisms responsible for Parkinson disease pathogenesis, including (but not limited to) inflammation, protein aggregation, transport defects, and energy dysregulation. She greatly enjoys working with students in the lab, and she is proud to serve as the advisor to a recipient of a 2016 AFPE Gateway Research Scholarship. Dr. Lamberts is active in several professional societies, including American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and National Postdoctoral Association. In particular, she recently served as the Co-Chair of the Meetings Committee for the National Postdoctoral Association where she was responsible for overseeing the planning of the organization's annual meeting. Dr. Lamberts also enjoys facilitating student learning in the classroom. She is currently Course Director of Pathophysiology 1 and 2, and teaches several topics in Drug Action.

APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect (2019-2020)

Anna Ratka, PhD, PharmD, RPh, CPE

Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College. Dr. Ratka earned M.S. in pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacology) from Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland, and PharmD from Idaho State University. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and University of Florida). Dr. Ratka was a pharmacy faculty at Idaho State University for 11 years. At University of North Texas Health Science Center, she was founding Director of Clinical Research at Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s disease Research. Dr. Ratka was founding chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Texas A&M College of Pharmacy. At Chicago State University, Dr. Ratka chaired the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and held the position of interim associate dean of academic affairs. Dr. Ratka is a graduate from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program. She serves as team evaluator for Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education. Dr. Ratka has taught pharmacology, basic pharmacokinetics, pain pharmacotherapy and management, and sterile compounding. She is Certified Pain Educator. Her research is in neuropharmacology, neuroscience, and pain. Dr. Ratka authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She has served in leadership positions in professional organizations. As a leader, Dr. Ratka is productive, focused on tasks and results, good problem solver, and effective in developing partnerships and collaborations. As pharmacist, she practiced in community and hospital pharmacies. She is engaged in volunteer service to underserved communities.

APhA-APRS Clinical Sciences Section Chair (2019-2020)

Roger D. Lander, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCACP

Currently serves as Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at Truman Medical Center. He then served four years as a faculty member at UMKC’s Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Moving to Samford in 1986, he has developed practices in adult medicine, nutrition, ambulatory care, and pharmacokinetics. He served as Vice-Chair, then Chair and Assistant Dean for Practice Programs for 10 years. In 2003, Dr. Lander developed ambulatory clinical pharmacy services at the Jefferson County Health Department, where he started and directed a PGY1 residency training program. In 1994, Dr. Lander helped develop a clerkship for Samford students at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London, England and assisted the pharmacy department there in the development of their ambulatory anticoagulation services. Dr. Lander helped establish Samford’s faculty/student exchange program with Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan and has traveled widely throughout Japan and Asia for information exchange and to assist colleges and hospitals in their clinical teaching and practice. He has also helped develop study opportunities at Samford for pharmacists from England, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and most recently Vietnam. Dr. Lander is also one of the founders of the Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, which originated with 37 Asian delegates attending a meeting at Samford University in 1997. This meeting, now held annually in various Asian countries, typically attracts some 800-1200 participants from more than 15 countries.

APhA-APRS Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect (2019-2020)

Ryan C. Costantino, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

Pharmacist on active duty in the United States Army having most recently served as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, GA. He led a team of pharmacists and technicians committed to increasing data integrity and pharmacy coding compliance to successfully demonstrate the positive impact clinical pharmacy services can have on Diabetes A1C HEDIS measures and hospital HCAHPS scores. Dr. Costantino completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is a board certified in pharmacotherapy and geriatrics. He is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) as well as numerous other professional, fraternal, and volunteer organizations. Outside of pharmacy, Ryan enjoys all things aviation and volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol.

APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section Chair (2019-2020)

Spencer E. Harpe, PharmD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy where he teaches courses in pharmacy management, health care quality, epidemiology, and statistics.  He holds a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PharmD from the University of Mississippi. Harpe earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Administration with a focus on health outcomes research from the Ohio State University, as well as an MS in Pharmaceutical Administration and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics. His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, outcomes research, and health care quality. Harpe frequently collaborates with colleagues in various practice settings to evaluate the outcomes and impacts of pharmacy services.  He also has an interest in educational research, especially related to methods for teaching statistics and research and evaluation methods. His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications and resulted in presentations at national and international meetings. Harpe has served on committees for several professional organizations.  From 2014 to 2016, he served on the APhA-APRS ESAS Contributed Papers Review Committee and was Chair of that committee in 2014-15. He is currently the 2016-17 chair of the APhA-APRS ESAS Research Roundtable Committee. In addition to serving as a peer-reviewer, Harpe has served on the editorial advisory boards of several pharmacy-related journals, including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA). Since 2014, he has served as an Associate Editor for JAPhA.

APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section Chair-elect (2019-2020)

Terri L. Warholak, PhD, RPh, CPHQ, FAPhA

Professor and Assistant Dean in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson and serves as the director of the Research Team for the University of Arizona Medication Management Center and SinfoníaRx. She received her BS, MS, and PhD from Purdue University. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Warholak served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service where her clinical pharmacy experience spanned from inpatient to community practice and included 5 years in the Indian Health Service and an assignment at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2003, Dr. Warholak was recognized as winner of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Council of Faculties Innovations in Teaching Competition for her work titled “Application of Quality Assurance Principles: Reducing Medication Errors in 30 Pharmacy Practice Settings.” Subsequently, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) awarded Dr. Warholak and colleagues a grant to create the Educating Pharmacists in Quality (EPIQ) Program, which is available as open source educational materials on the PQA website. She serves on many national committees including: the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (DSaRM) since 2016; the US Pharmacopeial Convention Healthcare Quality Expert Committee since 2015; and the PQA Research Coordinating Committee. Her teaching and research interests include medication error reduction, health information technology, and measure development. She has participated in studies evaluating the quality of patient care, techniques for reducing medication errors, and served as Lead Researcher on the AHRQ funded project concerning e-prescribing. Dr. Warholak is involved in health information technology projects on the state and national levels including the Arizona Medicaid Transformation Grant. She has edited a book, published over 80 papers and has been invited to present at the local, state, and national levels.

APhA-APRS Postgraduate Officer (2019-2020)

Tessa J. Hastings, BSPS, MS, of Auburn, AL

A native of Dalton, Ohio. Prior to moving to Alabama, she received her BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo in 2013 as well as her MS in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences in 2015. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University. Her research interest as a graduate student has been focused on improving healthcare safety and effectiveness through the adoption of innovations in community pharmacies. Throughout her time at Auburn, Hastings has gained experience working with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practicing in community pharmacies, as well as student pharmacists, to improve pharmacy care in Alabama. She is currently working with the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division to examine the adoption of immunization registries in independent community pharmacies. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in academic pharmacy. Hastings has been an active member of APhA for the past five years, currently serving on the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APRS) Postgraduate Committee. She is also active in several other professional organizations. These include the American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Rho Chi, and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), where she served as an ISPOR Student Chapter President for four consecutive years (2013–2015 University of Toledo and 2015–2017 Auburn University), as well as Student Network North American Meeting Planning Committee Co-chair for 2016–2017 and Chair for 2014–2015.