Kim Coccodrilli Coley

B.S., PharmD

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.

Fellowship Program Affiliation(s)
Community Pharmacy Practice Development & Research Fellowship
Center Affiliation(s)
Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice Center
Practice Area/Expertise
Practice-based research
Honors / Awards
APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award (Team award for University of Pittsburgh); 2021
APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award – Innovative Practice Reports; 2018
APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award – Contributed Research; 2018
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Preceptor of the Year; 2017
ASHP-APhA Best Practices in Transitions of Care; 2012
Recent Publications

Bacci JL, Ferreri SP, Coley KC, Daly CJ, Hake KL, Herbert SMC, Hughes TD, McDonough RP, Roller JS, McGivney MS, Smith M, Doucette WR. Qualitative analysis of a community pharmacy practice transformation initiative. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2022;5(12): 1236-52. doi:10.1002/jac5.1728.

Kissell LM, Coley KC, Khieu AS, Bunk EJ, Herbert SMC, Carroll JC. Podcasts as a Method to Deliver Education on Stigma Surrounding Opioid Use Disorder. Pharmacy. 2022; 10(6):161.

Jackson E, Pitzarella S, McGrath S, McGivney M, Carroll JC, Coley KC. Implementation of a health risk assessment into workflow of the appointment-based model at an independent community pharmacy. Pharmacy 2022, 10(6):148.

Carroll JC, Jiang C, Mook H, Somma McGivney MA, Coley KC. Patients' opinions on participation in patient-centered outcomes research in community pharmacies: A qualitative study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2023 Jan-Feb;63(1):182-187. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.09.001. Epub 2022 Sep 9. PMID: 36192343.

Doucette WR, Bacci JL, Coley KC, Daly CJ, Ferreri SP, McDonough RP, McGivney MAS, Smith MG. A taxonomy for community pharmacy patient care services reported in Pharmacist eCare Plans. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2023 Jan-Feb;63(1):173-177. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.08.026. Epub 2022 Aug 30. PMID: 36115760.

Berenbrok LA, Gessler C, Kirisci L, Herrera-Restrepo O, Coley KC. Impact of pharmacist motivational interviewing on hepatitis B vaccination in adults with diabetes. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2023 Jan-Feb;63(1):66-73.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.08.013. Epub 2022 Aug 19. PMID: 36115757

Turco E, Carroll JC, McGivney MS, McGrath SH, Herbert SMC, Firm A, Coley KC. Coaching strategies for the Flip the Pharmacy practice transformation initiative in Pennsylvania independent community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2023 Jan-Feb;63(1):164-168. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.07.013. Epub 2022 Aug 6. PMID: 36031545.

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 2022 Jan 6. 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.

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

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.

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. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.02.040

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):S29-36. Available at: