Meet the 2018-2019 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

Anthony Olson, PharmD, Med, is a third-year PhD student in the Social & Administrative Pharmacy program at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
I pursued a postgraduate degree because I am energized by discovering new knowledge and working with an engaging community of students and faculty to meet all the challenges and rewards this path provides.  My research involves how pharmacists can better tailor patient centered-care from a social and behavioral perspective.  I aim to become a professor in academic pharmacy after graduation.

Bob Bechtol, MS, BSPS, is a third-year PhD student 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 research interests are within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Program Evaluation, and Leadership Development. My career goals are to combine my interests in teaching methods and strategies, program evaluation, leadership development, and SoTL research through a faculty, 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. In addition, APhA provides a scholarly platform to enhance networking opportunities and foster mentorship relationships.

Diana K. Ching, BS Pharmacy Studies, PharmD, RPh, is a second-year student Pharmaceutical Sciences – Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences at the University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“My passion to advance best practices in pharmacy is what drove me to pursue post-graduate research. I graduated in May 2017 from Northeastern University’s pharmacy program in Boston, MA. I began my two-year post-graduate fellowship with the University of Toledo and an independent pharmacy in Toledo, OH in August 2018. In addition to pursuing a MS degree, I am also developing clinical services at the pharmacy and conducting research within the community. I attended my first APhA Annual meeting in 2018 and I was amazed by the work of so many brilliant and innovative pharmacists. Their involvement in APhA and leadership in their respective fields was inspiring. My goal is to enhance pharmacy practice to improve our evolving healthcare system to lead to better patient health outcomes.”

Tessa Hastings, BSPS, MS, is a fourth year PhD Candidate at Auburn University in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.
“I graduated from the University of Toledo in 2015 with my MS in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences. As a PhD student at Auburn University my research has been focused on improving healthcare safety and effectiveness through the adoption of innovations in community pharmacies. Currently, I am studying the implementation of immunization registries in independent community pharmacy settings. I hope to continue this research upon graduation while pursuing a career in academia. I joined the APhA-APRS Postgraduate Committee with hopes of supporting my fellow postgraduates, increasing the visibility of postgraduate opportunities for student pharmacists, and improving collaboration between academies and other professional organizations.”

Lindsey A. Hohmann, BS, PharmD, is a fourth-year student at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.
“I graduated from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012 with my PharmD degree. I then worked as a pharmacist for Rite Aid Pharmacy for three years, before returning to pursue PhD studies in Health Outcomes Research and Policy.  My areas of research interest include opioid and substance abuse prevention strategies in the community pharmacy setting using mixed methods and implementation/systems science approaches.  My long-term goal is to work in academia as a pharmacy educator and health services researcher.  As such, the educational and networking activities offered to post-grads by APhA are invaluable.  Becoming a member of the APhA-APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee allows me to be more involved in these opportunities and mentor pharmacy students who may be considering the post-grad track like I once was.”

Natalie Hohmann, PharmD, is a fourth-year PhD student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. 
“I graduated from UC San Diego’s school of pharmacy and went on to practice in community pharmacy for several years.  I enjoyed working directly with patients and it was rewarding to see the benefits of Medication Therapy Management services first-hand.  I wanted to reach a larger number of patients, so decided to go back to school and pursue my PhD in Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University.  I am interested in improving quality of care for older adults by finding ways to help patients, providers, and payers make better healthcare decisions and manage health risks.  My goal is to enter academia after graduation."

Logan T. Murry, PharmD, is a second-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.

Joshua Niznik, PharmD, is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Health Policy Research Track.

My decision to pursue a PhD after earning my PharmD was driven by my passion for research that can be directly translated into clinical practice and policy change to improve healthcare delivery.  Specifically, my research is focused on evaluating the efficiency, quality, and safety of medication use in older adults.  I also have a passion for teaching and mentoring students and aim to become an investigator and professor in an academic setting.  The quality of mentorship I have received thus far in my education has inspired in me a desire to provide the same for future student pharmacists with an interest in pharmaceutical outcomes research.” 

Taylor L. Watterson, BSPS, PharmD, 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 operationalizing occupational fatigue and burnout in pharmacists.”