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2015 Scholars

Olayinka O. Shiyanbola, BPharm, PhD

 Olayinka O. Shiyanbola

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Olayinka (Yinka) Shiyanbola is an Assistant Professor in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics from the University of Iowa. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Shiyanbola examined beliefs in medicines, changes in beliefs overtime and its impact on patient health outcomes. Her general research area of interest is the utilization of patient perspectives to improve medication use, patient outcomes, and quality of care. Dr. Shiyanbola examines patient perceptions and roles in the quality of medication use and its impact on medication adherence, health literacy and the elimination of health disparities. Specifically, Dr. Shiyanbola studies the perceptions of illness and medicines among underserved populations.

She explores how to utilize and interweave patient illness and medicine perceptions into the development of tailored patient-centered medication use interventions. Dr. Shiyanbola is currently refining prescription warning labels using patient and pharmacists perspectives and is exploring how pharmacy quality indicators can be utilized by patients. She utilizes sociobehavioral and health psychology theories in her studies and employs both qualitative and quantitative methodological applications in her work. Before joining the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy faculty in 2013, Dr. Shiyanbola was a faculty at South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Shiyanbola teaches on the Psychosocial Aspects of Medication Use and the Role of the Pharmacist in the Public Health System.

Congratulations are in order!

Dr. Shiyanbola has been selected by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translation Research (ICTR) as a KL2 scholar beginning June 1, 2016.  Shiyanbola's work will focus on improving the health outcomes of underserved populations and reducing diabetes disparities by identifying the psychosocial (e.g. illness beliefs), psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence patient medication adherence and are useful in developing patient-centered adherence interventions.