Meet the 2019-2020 APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee

The APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee provides services to graduate students, residents, fellows, postdoctoral scholars. The goals of the Postgraduate Initiative are to promote scientific research among peers, to increase communications and interaction among postgraduate members, and to establish collaborative relations between members and leaders. Connect with fellow postgraduate leaders and colleagues today and learn more about available postgraduate resources, tools and initiatives. 

APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee Chair


Tessa Hastings, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

“My research is focused on improving healthcare safety and effectiveness through the adoption of innovations in community pharmacies. Currently, I am studying the implementation of immunization information systems in community pharmacy settings. My goals as APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee Chair are to support postgraduates, increase the visibility of postgraduate opportunities for student pharmacists, and improve collaboration between academies and other professional organizations.”


Asma Ali, PharmD (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Georgia.

“My research examines patient’s medication use, patient’s health outcomes, and health disparities. Currently, I am focusing on the implementation of pharmacy health services in health centers that serve the underserved patients. I use quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer my research questions.”


Bob Bechtol, MS, BSPS, is a PhD Candidate in the Social & Administrative Pharmacy graduate program at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.

“Prior to going back to graduate school, I served as a Clinical Assistant Professor (Lecturer) for seven years in the undergraduate and graduate pharmacy programs at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. My current education and research interests are within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Program Evaluation, Leadership Development, Faculty Development, and Team-based and Online Learning. My career goals are to combine my interests in teaching methods and strategies, program evaluation and assessment, leadership development, and SoTL research through an academic pharmacy position at a College of Pharmacy. I became involved with APhA to learn more about the pharmacy profession at a deeper level and use those lessons to further train students in the classroom and advance the profession through research. APhA provides a scholarly platform to enhance networking opportunities and foster mentorship relationships.”


Jenny Beal, PharmD, is a fifth-year Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy PhD student at Purdue University.

“I graduated from Purdue with my PharmD in 2014. I returned to graduate school after practicing in the community setting for two years. My research focuses on the impact of health policies that broaden pharmacists’ scope of practice on patients’ access to care. I am interested in bridging the gap between practice and policy-making with my research.”


Tamera D. Hughes, PharmD, PhD is a community pharmacy research fellow in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

“I received both my Pharm.D and Ph.D at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. My postdoctoral fellowship focuses on the trifold mission of pharmacy faculty – teaching, service, and scholarship. My primary research interests focus on practice advancement and implementation of clinical pharmacy services in the community pharmacy setting. Through my fellowship I serve as a practice transformation coach with Flip the Pharmacy and as a research assistant on a CDC funded grant involving opioid and benzodiazepine deprescribing in older adults.”


Cassidi McDaniel, BS is a third year PhD student in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

“My work in pharmacy began in a rural, independent pharmacy, where I became interested in improving health equity and chronic condition management among patients. My research aims to reduce health disparities, and I am especially passionate about addressing disparities in diabetes prevalence and access to care in the South.”


Logan T. Murry, PharmD, is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in the Department of Health Services Research.

“Logan T. Murry is a current PhD student at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in the Department of Health Services Research. He received his PharmD from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in May of 2017. Dr. Murry’s primary research interests and publications pertain to patient access to and utilization of healthcare, specifically Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their interactions with pharmacists. Through his research interests, Murry hopes to continue to advocate for patients and pharmacists, ultimately working to improve the healthcare system. As a pharmacy student, Dr. Murry was actively involved in APhA-ASP as a Policy Vice President, and his interest in pharmacy policy and practice advancement has carried into his practice as a pharmacist. Dr. Murry hopes to continue to serve the organization in a meaningful way while advocating for the profession of pharmacy, as well as graduate and pharmacy students.”


Meena Murugappan, PharmD, MPH, is a pharmacist, public health professional, and an aspiring Health Policy & Outcomes researcher.

“I am passionate about promoting the rational and safe use of medications across populations worldwide and ensuring medication accessibility and affordability for underserved communities, through a policy-driven approach. I conduct research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that impact health care delivery, quality, and outcomes. During my Pharm.D. I was an active member of APhA-ASP, serving as my chapter’s Policy Vice President and later as the Regional Delegate for Region 5. Upon graduation, I worked as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Utah Hospital, gaining experience in critical care, HIV, and transitions of care. I also worked as a community pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, serving a community of low-income migrant workers. I later completed my MPH with a minor in Epidemiology and certificate in Global Health at the University of Minnesota. During my MPH, I had the opportunity to work as a Research Associate in Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders at the U of M College of Pharmacy. I worked on multiple research projects involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have now transitioned into the PhD program in Social & Administrative Pharmacy and am excited to further her research skills in the area of secondary database analysis and natural language processing. I am looking forward to continuing my work with APhA, to expand the role of pharmacists in public health.”


Andrew Wash, PharmD is a third year PhD student in the Health Outcomes Division at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.

“After receiving my PharmD degree from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012, I worked in Portland, Oregon as a pharmacist for six years. The majority of this time was spent as the lead pharmacist in a clinic-based outpatient pharmacy within a Federally Qualified Health Center. This experience led me to want to pursue training in health outcome research, and I began my PhD program in the Health Outcomes Division at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2018. My research so far has included topics such as pharmacist prescribing, pharmacy student well-being, and patient activation. I intend on continuing to pursue research using theoretical approaches to motivation and well-being across a variety of populations. APhA has always served as an opportunity for me to connect with old friends (and new!), learn about exciting and innovative developments within the profession, and re-energize myself professionally. I joined the APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee to become more involved with APhA and work with this incredible team to expand opportunities within the organization for postgraduates.”


Taylor L. Watterson, BSPS, PharmD, MS, is a second year MS/PhD student in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.

“My goal is to enact change through storytelling—working, researching, talking to individuals in the community, and continuously asking questions—developing ways for health care practitioners to work at the top of their licenses and for patients to be the best and healthiest versions of themselves in all aspects of life, not just with their medicines. My research involves assessing occupational fatigue in pharmacists.”


Yi Zhao, BE, MPH, is a third-year PhD Student at Auburn University in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

“I graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018 with MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy. I am currently a second year PhD student at Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Auburn University. My current research efforts focus on improving quality of care for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. I hope my future research will contribute to the connection between Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers with external support resources, including pharmacies and supportive programs.”