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2018 Scholars

Sophia L. Johnson, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Sophia L. Johnson, PharmD, MPH, PhD


Assistant Professor and early stage investigator at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Her research focuses on understanding chronic disease self-management and related barriers and facilitators, particularly for patients with complicated drug therapy regimens from low-resourced communities. Engaging with populations, she seeks to develop and tailor interventions to support and improve pharmacotherapy use, chronic disease self-management and associated health outcomes.  Her PhD dissertation, a funded AHRQ F32, “Predictors, Use & Consequences of Biologics & Other Agents in Older IBD Patients,” was an investigation of drug utilization in older chronic disease patients at risk for receiving inappropriate therapy and treatments that are difficult to self-manage.  She recently worked with community partners and co-investigators to submit a proposal evaluating a community-based care coordination program using a mixed methods action research framework.  Dr. Johnson graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois-College of Pharmacy, completed two pharmacy residencies and has an extensive work history in clinical pharmacy.  She received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota; earned her PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health, and completed a certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.