Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research

College of Pharmacy


The core faculty of the CPR is comprised chiefly of tenure track individuals whose primary appointments are either in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy or The Department of Pharmacy Practice and whose primary research interests are consistent with those of the Center.

Carl Asche
Carl V. Asche, MBA, PhD
Carl Asche joined the CPR as an affiliate member in 2013. Dr. Asche is the Director of the Center for Outcomes Research (COR) at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP). Previously he held positions in health economics and outcomes research at the at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy (2004-11), the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Group (1997-00) and Aventis Pharmaceuticals (2000-04), the University of Toronto (1992-94),and the Government of Alberta. Dr. Asche received his Masters of Science (Health Economics) from the University of York and his Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) from the University of Surrey. He serves on editorial boards for the journals Pharmacoeconomics, Health Outcome Research in Medicine, and Current Medical Research and Opinion. His research and publications span a wide range of therapeutic areas.
Carl Asche
Larisa H. Cavallari, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP
Dr. Cavallari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Co-Director of the Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Service at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI-Health). Dr. Cavallari joined CPR in 2013. She received her BS and PharmD from the University of Georgia and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics at the University of Florida.  Her research focus involves discovery of genetic contributions to cardiovascular drug response, particularly in minority populations.  Her research has been funded by both NIH and foundation awards.   Cavallari is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, elected Trustee of the ACCP Research Institute, member of the International Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Consortium, member of the UIC Institute of Human Genetics, and on the editorial board for the Lexi-Comp pharmacogenetics series.


Stephanie Y. Crawford, PhD, MPH
Stephanie Crawford joined CPR in 2013.  She is Associate Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes, and Policy. Dr. Crawford received her BS in pharmacy from University of North Carolina, MS in institutional pharmacy from University of Maryland at Baltimore (concurrent with pharmacy residency at the University of Maryland Hospital), MPH in health policy from UIC, and PhD in pharmacy (policy studies) from the University of Texas. Her research focuses on health equity, access, and disparities reduction in medication-use systems and education. Related research interests include pharmacy systems evaluation (i.e., medication adherence, safe medication use) and patient-centered outcomes. She has been honored with several teaching awards and journal editorial boards. Dr. Crawford was a charter member of the FDA Advisory Committee on Drug Safety and Risk Management and currently serves as a consultant to the FDA. She is vice chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Expert Committee on Nomenclature, Safety and Labeling.

Robert J. DiDomenico, PharmD
Robert DiDomenico is a member of the CPR and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at UIC. He received his PharmD and completed three years of post-doctoral training, including a Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Fellowship, at UIC. Dr. DiDomenico is a clinical pharmacist specializing in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in the acute care setting. He has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters on both clinical and outcomes-related topics in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, with particular expertise in heart failure. In 2008 he received the ACCP Research Institute Investigator Development Award. Dr. DiDomenico has contributed to the efforts of the CPR since 2003.
Todd Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. He also has appointments in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the UIC School of Public Health, and in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy at the College of Medicine. He joined the CPR in 2009 and has been the Co-Director since 2013. Dr. Lee received his PharmD from Drake University and PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Lee’s research focus is patient outcomes related to the use of pharmaceuticals, with emphasis on medication safety and pharmacoeconomics. His therapeutic area of expertise is respiratory disease. He has received numerous awards, including the Bernie J. O’Brien New Investigator Award from ISPOR.


Edith Nutescu, PharmD, FCCP - CENTER CO-DIRECTOR
Edith Nutescu is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, and Director of the Antithrombosis Center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. She has been a member of the CPR since 2005 and has been the Co-Director since 2013. Dr. Nutescu received her BS from the Politechnical Institute of Bucharest, and PharmD from UIC. She also completed a pharmacy practice residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and an ambulatory care specialty residency at UIC. Dr. Nutescu is an internationally known expert in thrombotic disorders, antithrombotic therapies, and anticoagulation clinical pharmacy care delivery models. Her research focus is on comparative effectiveness, clinical and economic outcomes of various antithrombotic therapies, venous thrombosis, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. She is widely published in the medical and scientific literature and her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from ASHP, the Clinical Practice Award from ACCP, and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award from NIH.
Simon Pickard is Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration. He is also Assistant Director of the CPR and has been a member since it was founded in 2002. Dr. Pickard received his BS in Pharmacy and PhD from the University of Alberta. His research focus is on informing decision making in health care through the evaluation of economic, humanistic and clinical outcomes of health care interventions. He is internationally known for his work in health-related quality of life, and in particular he has been a leader in developing the EQ-5D. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the EuroQol Group. He has received numerous research awards, including several from the International Society for Quality of Life Research. . In addition to his active research program he is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy.

Dima Qato
Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD
Dima Qato joined the CPR is 2012. Dr. Qato is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy and Clinical Pharmacist in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at UIC. Dr. Qato earned her Pharm.D. from UIC , her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her PhD from the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Qato’s primary research interests relate to access and use of medications in vulnerable populations. Dr. Qato use population-based methods to understand patterns and determinants of medication use, with emphasis on aging, drug safety and disparities. Dr. Qato has served as a consultant for IMS Health and for University of Chicago’s NORC. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Schweitzer Fellowship and in 2002 she was granted the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study impediments to the appropriate use of medicines in Jordan.

Glen T. Schumock, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Glen Schumock is Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. Dr. Schumock served as the Director of the CPR from its founding in 2002 through 2013. Dr. Schumock received a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Washington State University, a PharmD degree from the University of Washington, and an MBA and PhD (Epidemiology) from UIC. His research focuses on comparisons of the clinical effectiveness, safety, and costs of pharmaceuticals and of health care and pharmacy services, and he is currently PI of the Chicago-Area DEcIDE Center funded by AHRQ. Dr. Schumock has authored and edited over 100 articles and books, and he serves on the several journal editorial boards.

Jo Ann Stubbings, MHCA
Jo Ann Stubbings is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. She is also Manager of Research and Public Policy in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Department at UIC. She has been an active contributor to the Center since 2004. Ms. Stubbings received her BS in Pharmacy from Ohio State University and a Master of Health Care Administration from the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include Medicare Part D, pharmaceutical care business models, specialty pharmacy, marketing of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services, health policy, and payment for pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services. Dr. Stubbings has received numerous teaching awards and is widely sought after for her expertise in medication payment policy issues.

Daniel R. Touchette, PharmD, MA, FCCP
Daniel Touchette is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. Dr. Touchette is also the Network Director for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). He has been with the CPR since August 2005. Dr. Touchette received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba, and his PharmD and Master of Economics degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. He also completed a fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at Wayne State. Dr. Touchette's research interests are in the broad areas of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. In particular he is interested in evaluation of clinical pharmacist and other healthcare practitioner activities, especially as it relates to improving medication adherence and reducing the adverse effects of medicines. Dr. Touchette also conducts research evaluating the cost-effectiveness of clinical practices and pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Walton is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy and Assistant Director of the CPR. He is also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Economics at UIC. He was a founding member of the CPR in 2002. Dr. Walton holds a BS in Economics from UCLA, and a Master and PhD degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in labor and health economics. He conducts quantitative research in health services evaluation, health economics, pharmacoeconomics, and health care labor markets