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Sophia Herbert (formerly Cothrel, PHARM ’19), PharmD is passionate about supporting community pharmacists by providing them with the evidence and tools they need to transform community pharmacy practice into a sustainable, patient-centered healthcare model. Dr. Herbert joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in 2022. Dr. Herbert completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Community Pharmacy Practice Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Dr. Herbert focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community pharmacy-based patient care services, including the University-wide vaccination and wellness efforts. Dr. Herbert is a leader in technology development, workflow design, and documentation for community pharmacy practice. As a proponent of the pharmacist eCare Plan technology, Dr. Herbert has worked collaboratively with faculty across courses to implement and utilize eCare Plan software, combining community pharmacy patient care services with medication dispensing– a first for community pharmacy and for PittPharmacy. Dr. Herbert has a growing national reputation for her leadership in community pharmacy practice transformation through the national Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN® USA). She teaches in several courses in the pharmacy curriculum including Pharmacist Patient Care Process 1 and 2, Community Pharmacist Practice 1 and 2, and in the Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice (CLIP) Area of Concentration.

Herbert SMC, Heck LA, Vogel AN, Coley KC, Somma McGivney MA, Maher RL Jr, Carroll JC. Strategies for implementing the Appointment-Based Model at a rural independent chain of community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Jan-Feb;62(1):104-111.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2021.09.009. Epub 2021 Sep 30. PMID: 34702646.

Herbert SMC, Carroll JC, Coley KC, et al. A Student Pharmacist Quality Engagement Team to Support Initial Implementation of Comprehensive Medication Management within Independent Community Pharmacies. Pharmacy. 2020;8(141). Doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8030141

Herbert S and Hake K, eds. The ACT Patient Casebook. Academia-CPESN Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative. November 2020.

ACT Pharmacy Collaborative. (McGivney MS, Carroll JC, Cothrel S, Trygstad T, Leon N, McGrath SH, Coley KC editors) Blueprint for Building a National Partnership Collaborative. Pittsburgh, PA: ACT Pharmacy Collaborative; March 2020.

2021 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, in partnership with Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network and Value Drug

2021 Flip the Pharmacy Team of the Year Award: Team Pennsylvania

Jun 2018 MedvisoRxs LLC Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation

Jun 2018 Scott Horton Memorial (Rite Aid) Scholarship

Mar 2018 APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Presentation Merit Award

Mar 2018 Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter Member of the Year

Mar 2018 Pharmacists Mutual Community Scholarship

Transforming Payment for Patient Care: Turning Codes to Contracts. Herbert S, Patel R. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Professional Development Program, Virtual. January 2021.

Understanding eCare Plan Coding and Function: Connecting the Dots. Cothrel S, Patel R. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting, Harrisburg, PA. January 2022.

Herbert SMC, Hake KL, Kuhn M, McGivney MS, McGrath SH. Successes of an Extended Pilot Payer Program: Demonstrating Value of a Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network and Health Plan Partnership. Pharmacy Quality Alliance Annual Meeting. Virtual; May 2021.

Herbert SMC, Heck L, Vogel A, Carroll JC, Coley KC, Maher R, Morales C, Hake KL, McGivney MS. The Appointment-Based Model at Klingensmith’s Drug Stores: Developing an Implementation Blueprint. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Virtual; Mar 2021.

Herbert S, Carroll C, Coley K, McGivney M. The Appointment-Based Model: Exploring barriers and facilitators to current implementation in a small chain of independent pharmacies using rapid analysis. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Virtual; Oct 2020.

Pharmacist eCare Plan: Back to Basics. Herbert S, Veach S. CPESN Iowa Regional Webinar; also available through CPESN USA and Flip the Pharmacy. April 2020.

Cothrel S, McGrath S, Antinopoulos B, Carroll JC, Coley KC, McGivney MS. Transforming Community Pharmacy Practice Across Pennsylvania through Flip the Pharmacy. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Virtual; Apr 2020.

University of Pittsburgh Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative
Herbert (PI)
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2022
Partnering Community Organizations and Community Pharmacies for Sustainable and Equitable Delivery of Immunization Services

Community Pharmacy Foundation
McGrath (PI), Role: Co-investigator
10/01/2019 - 09/30/2021 (also renewed 2020-2022 and 2022-2023)
Flip the Pharmacy Pennsylvania

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Overdose Data to Action
Carroll (Subaward PI); Role: Co-investigator
Reducing Pharmacist Stigma Surrounding Opioid Use Disorder

Community Pharmacy Foundation
McGivney (PI), Role: Co-investigator
04/01/19 - 07/31/20 (also renewed 2020-2021 and 2021-2022)
Community Pharmacy Practice Transformation Initiative: Facilitating partnerships between Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks and Schools of Pharmacy