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Dr. Coley conducts patient-centered research that focuses on the role of the community pharmacist in improving medication adherence and patient outcomes. She is particularly interested in the changing roles of community pharmacists in the current health care environment and the impact of pharmacist-provided direct patient care. She has recently received funding for the evaluation of innovative community pharmacist interventions to improve adult vaccination rates; and for the development of a community pharmacist practice-based research network in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Coley's teaching focuses on mentoring students, residents, and fellows on practice-based research. She teaches research skills as part of the Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice area of concentration. Dr. Coley also teaches medication adherence and clinical assessment tools for community pharmacists.

Dr. Coley is a Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1989. She returned to the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 after completing a specialized residency in drug information at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Coley conducts pharmacy practice-based research focusing on developing, implementing and evaluating innovative patient care models in the community pharmacy setting. She is particularly interested in assessing the impact of pharmacist patient care activities on medication adherence and patient-centered outcomes.


Mercer J, Liang A, Yoon J, Nguyen J, Carroll JC, Coley KC. COVID-19 pandemic vaccination preparedness strategies for independent community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Jan 6:S1544-3191(22)00003-6. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.01.003. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35123895; PMCID: PMC8733283.

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.

Kauffman Y, Wright EA, Patterson BJ, Coley KC. Informing Collaborative Relationships between Community Pharmacists and Health Care Professionals in Primary Care Practices. J Am Pharm Assoc 2021;61(6):778-784.

Hake KL, Carroll JC, Somma McGivney MA, Coley KC. Pharmacist peer coaching in a traditional community chain pharmacy: Implementation and perceptions. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Jul-Aug;61(4S):S85-S90. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2021.02.010. Epub 2021 Feb 19. PMID: 33781696.

Gessler CA, Richardson RM, Hall DL, Coley KC. Operationalizing Pandemic Vaccinations at a Regional Supermarket Chain Pharmacy. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021 Feb 16:1-6. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2021.43. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33588963; PMCID: PMC8111203.

Gabriel C, Bedi R, Coley KC, et al. Informing the development of a transitions of care program between an emergency department and regional supermarket chain pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021;61(4S):S78-S84. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2020.12.025

Phi C, Berenbrok LA, Carroll JC, Firm A, McGivney MS, Coley KC. Impact of a Medication Adherence Packaging Service on Patient-Centered Outcomes at an Independent Community Pharmacy. Pharmacy. (Basel). 2021 Jan 5;9(1):11. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy9010011. PMID: 33466499; PMCID: PMC7838800. Available at:

Herbert SMC, Carroll JC, Coley KC, McGrath SH, McGivney MS. A Student Pharmacist Quality Engagement Team to Support Initial Implementation of Comprehensive Medication Management within Independent Community Pharmacies. Pharmacy (Basel). 2020 Aug 9;8(3):141. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8030141. PMID: 32784831; PMCID: PMC7558787.

Li J, Blake V, George S, Carroll J, McGivney M, Coley KC. Formation of a statewide community pharmacy practice-based research network: Pharmacist opinions on research participation and engagement. 2020. J Am Pharm Assoc. Available at:

Berenbrok LA, Gabriel N, Coley KC, Hernandez I. Evaluation of Frequency of Encounters with Primary Care Physicians vs Visits to Community Pharmacies Among Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e209132. Published 2020 Jul 1. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.9132

Berenbrok LA, Renner HM, McGivney MS, Coley KC. A conceptual value-based incentivization model of adult immunization for community pharmacists. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 3]. J Am Pharm Assoc 2020; S1544-3191(20)30238-7. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2020.04.023

Coley KC, Gessler C, McGivney M, Richardson R, DeJames J, Berenbrok L. Increasing adult vaccinations at a regional supermarket chain pharmacy: A multi-site demonstration project. Vaccine. 2020;38(24):4044-49.

Lapping AD, Carroll JC, Coley KC, McGivney MS, Doong K, Antinopoulos B, Richardson R, Berenbrok LA. Implementation strategies from early deployment of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Pennsylvania community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2020;60(3, Suppl):S29-3.

Carroll JC, McGivney M, Coley KC. Stakeholder-Guided Formation of a Statewide Community Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network. Pharmacy 2019,7(3),118; doi:10.3390/pharmacy7030118.

Sutt AR, Pagliaro AM, Wilson E, Renner H, Hall D, Berenbrok LA, McGivney MS, Coley KC. Facilitating Pandemic Influenza Vaccination Implementation in Grocery Store Chain Community Pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2019;59(6):848-851.

Doong K, Berenbrok LA, Coley KC, Carroll JC, Richardson R, Antinopoulos BC, Patel A, McGivney MS. Evaluating the early implementation of pharmacist-provided patient care services at a statewide pharmacy network within a regional grocery chain pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019. In Press.

Berenbrok LA, Hart K, McGrath S, Coley KC, McGivney MS, Empey PE. Community pharmacists’ educational needs for implementing clinical pharmacogenomic services. J Am Pharm Assoc 2019. In press.

Coons JC, Patel R, Coley KC, Empey PE. Design and testing of MEDIvate, a mobile app to achieve medication list portability via Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019. Available at:

Carroll J, Renner H, McGivney MS, Grapsy J, McCormick K, Smith-Cooney S, Coley KC. Using prescription dispensing data infographics to facilitate collaborative pharmacist-prescriber discussions on mutual patients. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019. Available at:

Campbell AM, Coley KC, Corbo J, DeLellis T, Joseph M, Thorpe C, McGivney M, Klatt P, Cox-Vance L, Ballestriino V, Zaharoff J, Sakely H. Pharmacist-led Drug Therapy Problem Management in an Interprofessional Geriatric Care Continuum: A subset of the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors) group. American Health & Drug Benefits. 2018;11(9):469-477.

Steltenpohl EA, Barry BK, Coley KC, McGivney MS, Olenak JL, Berenbrok LA. Point-of-care-testing in community pharmacies: keys to success from Pennsylvania pharmacists. J Pharm Pract 2017. Epub ahead of print. PMID 29034781

Haver A, Sakely H, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Zaharoff J, Corbo J, Cox-Vance L, Klatt P, Schleiden L, Balestrino V, Coley KC. A qualitative study exploring geriatric care team perceptions of pharmacists caring for older adults across health care settings. Ann Long Term Care 2017;25(4):14-20.

Bacci JL, Coley KC, McGrath K, Abraham O, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. Strategies to facilitate implementation of collaborative practice agreements in chain community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016 May-Jun;56(3):257-265. PMID 27053276

Snyder ME, Frail CK, Gemant SA, Bacci JL, Coley KC, Colip L, Ferreri SP, Hagemeiier NE, Rodis JL, Smith MG, McGivney MS, Smith RB. Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Research: Experiences of Five Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016 May-Jun;56(3):316-22. PMID 27083852

Pringle JL, Coley KC. Improving medication adherence: A framework for community pharmacy-based interventions. Integrated Pharm Res Pract. 2015;4:175-183.

Sakely H, Corbo J, Coley K, McGivney M, Thorpe C, Klatt P, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V. Pharmacist-led collaborative practice for older adults. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2015; 72:606-609. PMID: 25825181

Kim JJ, Mohommad RA, Coley KC, Donihi AC. Use of an iPad to Provide Warfarin Video Education to Hospitalized Patients. J Patient Saf 2015;11(3):160-5. PMID: 24522209

Dombrowski SK, McGrath SH, Bacci JL, Bobby B, Coley KC, McGivney MS. Key factors associated with successful integration of patient care services into dispensing workflow: A traditional community chain pharmacy evaluation. Pennsylvania Pharmacist 2014; 95(4): 8-12.

Kreys TJM, Fabian TJ, Saul MI, Haskett R, Coley KC. An Evaluation of Inpatient Treatment Continuation and Hospital Readmission Rates in Bipolar Disorder Patients Treated with Aripiprazole or Quetiapine. J Psychiatr Pract 2013;19(4):288-295. PMID: 23852103

Deusenberry CM, Coley KC, Korytkowski MT, Donihi AC. Hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients treated with sulfonylureas. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32(7):613-617. PMID: 22570146

Osborne MA, Snyder ME, Hall DL, Coley KC, McGivney MS. Evaluating Pennsylvania pharmacists’ provision of community-based patient care services to develop a statewide practice network. Innov Pharm 2011;2(4):1-18.

Coley KC, Scipio TM, Fabian TJ, Ruby C, Lenze EJ. Aripiprazole prescribing patterns and side effects in elderly psychiatric inpatients. J Psychiatr Pract 2009;15(2):150-3. PMID: 19339850

Coley KC, Saul MI, Seybert A. Economic burden of not recognizing panic disorder in the emergency department. J Emerg Med. 2009; 36(1):3-7. PMID: 17933481

Coley KC, Pringle JP, Weber RJ, Rice K, Ramanujam R, Sirio C. Perceived barriers in using a region-wide medication error reporting system. J Patient Saf. 2006;2(1):39-44

Steinmetz KL, Coley KC, Pollock BG: Assessment of geriatric information in the drug label for commonly prescribed drugs in the elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;53(5):891-4. PMID: 15877571

Coley KC, Dapos SV, Williams BA, Chen C, Smith RB. Retrospective evaluation of unanticipated admissions and readmissions after same day surgery and associated costs. J Clin Anesth. 2002 (14):349-53. PMID: 12208439

Calabrese AT, Coley KC, DaPos SV, Swanson D, Rao RH. Risk of lactic acidosis with metformin: an evaluation of prescribing practices. Arch Intern Med 2002.162;434-437. PMID 11863476

Coley KC, Carter CS, DaPos SV, Maxwell R, Wilson JW, Branch RA. Effectiveness of antipsychotic therapy in a naturalistic setting: a comparison between risperidone, perphenazine, and haloperidol. J Clin Psych 1999;60(12):850-56. PMID: 10665632

2021 - APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award
2018 - APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award - Innovative Practice Reports
2018 - APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award - Contributed Research
2017 - Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Preceptor of the Year
2017 - APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award
2012 - ASHP-APhA Best Practice in Transitions of Care
2012 - ACCP Adult Medicine PRN Best Poster Award

COVID-19 and Vaccination: Early Experiences. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. (Webinar) December 29, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Planning for Community Pharmacists. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. (Webinar) December 9, 2020.

Diving into Pandemic Planning. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference. (Webinar) October 21, 2020.

Research, Publications, and Presentations: How Students Can Get Started. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference. Seven Springs, PA. 2019.

Improving adult immunization rates and registry reporting through healthcare collaborations. National Immunization Conference. Atlanta, GA. May 17, 2018.

Implementing Value-Based Collaborations to Improve Immunizations: Three Demonstration Projects. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. 2017.


Implementing a Hepatitis B Vaccination Program at a Regional Chain Community Pharmacy. NACDS and GlaxoSmithKline. 2019-2022. Primary Investigator.

The Impact of a Multimedia Educational Campaign on Meningococcal Group B Vaccination Rates in a University Student Population. GlaxoSmithKline. 2019-2023. Co-Investigator.

A Statewide Community Pharmacy Research Network Aligning Patients, Providers, and Researchers. PCORI. 2018-2020. Primary Investigator.

Utilizing Community Pharmacy Prescription Dispensing Data to Identify Opportunities for Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration. Community Pharmacy Foundation. 2017-2019. Co-Investigator.

Improving vaccination rates through community partnerships and technology. NACDS/CDC. 2016-2018. Primary Investigator.

NACDS Foundation Community Pharmacy Advanced Faculty Scholars Program. NACDS Foundation. 2018-2019. Co-Primary Investigator.

Pharmacist-Led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors: A Community-Academic Partnership. Jewish Healthcare Foundation. 2013-2015. Primary Investigator.

Collaborating and Advancing Relationships: Pharmacist Advocates in Care Transitions. Jewish. Healthcare Foundation. 2010-2012. Primary Investigator.

Atypical Antipsychotics: Determinants of Concentration. National Institute of Mental Health. 2001-2005. Co-Investigator.