Faculty & Research Interests

Faculty


Shalonda Williams, Pharm.D., BCACP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Shalonda.Williams@liu.edu
(718) 488-1000 / Ext-2211


Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC




Short Biography

After completing her Pharm.D. at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Dr. Williams returned to NYC to complete two years of residency in pharmacy practice and ambulatory care, respectively. Shortly after, she joined the Division of Pharmacy Practice at LIU-Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Williams’ research interest is in the area of adherence improvement, specifically in areas of transitions of care, medication management, and evaluation of interdisciplinary practice models and the impact of clinical pharmacists on patient care. She manages a Medication Management Clinic at her clinical practice site, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. The clinic is a transitions of care clinic where patients recently discharged from the hospital are provided with education, counseling, and medication reconciliation to improve adherence and prevent readmission. Dr. Williams and her team of researchers focus on examining patients’ perspectives and their beliefs/concerns regarding medications, outcomes of patient-provider communication and services for improving medication adherence, and disease management emphasizing chronic disease states such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart failure, and anticoagulation.


Research Synopsis

Research has shown that many patients do not take medications as prescribed. Non-adherence to medications has serious consequences, both for individual patients, as they face loss of health and quality of life and increased morbidity and mortality, and for the health care system, in terms of healthcare waste, increased hospital readmission rates and expenditures. In recent years, improving transitions of care processes has become a strategic priority for hospitals and efforts towards improving medication reconciliation, patient counseling and follow-up services have become important cornerstones of reducing hospital readmission rates. Given the recent expansion of pharmacists’ roles in ambulatory care services, pharmacists-led or coordinated transitions of care services are being increasingly implemented in hospitals and receiving increasing attention in the literature. However, very few studies have focused on pharmacist-coordinated transitions of care services and the relationship to patient adherence and follow-up particularly exploring patients’ beliefs about necessity of medicines and their concerns. Through our research we aim to understand, identify, and develop interventions to address these gaps.


Selected Publications

  • Williams S. Prescription Pad: Drug inhalation devices and delivery systems. JNP. 2015;11(6): 663-664.
  • Cha A, Shaikh R, Williams S, Berkowitz LL. Rapid reduction in HIV viral load in late pregnancy with raltegravir: a case report. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2013 Sep-Oct;12(5):312-4.
  • Berrios-Colon E, Williams S. Melanoma review: background and treatment disease. In press: US Pharm. 2012;37(4):HS-4-HS-7.

CONTACT

LIU Pharmacy
John M. Pezzuto, A.B., Ph.D.
Dean