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

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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.”


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Jenny Beal, PharmD, is a fourth-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.”


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Logan T. Murry, PharmD, is a third-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.”


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

“Dr. Murugappan is 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. She conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that impact health care delivery, quality, and outcomes. During her Pharm.D. Meena was an active member of APhA-ASP, serving as her chapter’s Policy Vice President and later as the Regional Delegate for Region 5. Upon graduation, she worked as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Utah Hospital, gaining experience in critical care, HIV, and transitions of care. She also worked as a community pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, serving a community of low-income migrant workers. She later completed her MPH with a minor in Epidemiology and certificate in Global Health at the University of Minnesota. During her MPH, Meena had the opportunity to work as a Research Associate in Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders at the U of M College of Pharmacy. She worked on multiple research projects involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Meena has now transitioned into the PhD program in Social & Administrative Pharmacy and is excited to further her research skills in the area of secondary database analysis and natural language processing. She is looking forward to continuing her work with APhA, to expand the role of pharmacists in public health.”


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Taylor L. Watterson, BSPS, PharmD, MS, is a third-year 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.”


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Yi Zhao, BE, MPH, is a second 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.”


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