Department of Pharmacy Administration

College of Pharmacy


Graduate Program Alumni and Research Conducted


Wei-Han (Wendy) Cheng, M.S. Capstone: “Positive outcomes of varicose vein surgery: the patient perspective.”

Anurag Mohan, M.S. Capstone: “Evaluating medication discrepancies among different medication lists in the electronic medical record”

Kun Peng, M.S. Capstone: “The misdiagnosis of COPD by spirometry in the US.”

Shraddha Shinde, M.S. Capstone: “Impact of patient perceptions of outcomes on willingness to consider knee surgery.”

Shishir Sarangpur, M.S. Capstone: “Impact of clinical services on the quality of anticoagulation control.”


Fung-Ju (Irene) Lin, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Condition specific applications for the valuation of health."

Garima Sharma, M.S. Capstone: "Psychometric validation of FACIT-dyspnea scale in COPD patients."

Sacheeta Bathija, M.S. Thesis: “Anticoagulation management in patients who have undergone hip and knee replacement surgery.”


Jennifer Samp, M.S. Capstone: “Economic evaluation of the impact of medication errors reported by US clinical pharmacists.”

Sruthi Adimadhyam, M.S. Thesis: “Risk of arrhythmias associated with inhaled anticholinergics in young individuals with asthma.”


James Duhing, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Medication guide comprehension and health literacy.”

Zenobia Dotiwala, M.S. Thesis: “Seasonal variation in international normalized ratio among venous thromboembolism patients on warfarin.”

Xiaochan Luo, M.S. Thesis: “Estimation of efficiency with the US population median-based EQ-5D index: findings from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.”

Sapna Rao, M.S. Thesis: “Utilization of oral anti-diabetic medications: examining adherence to clinical guidelines.”


Yoojung Yang, M.S. Thesis: “Guideline-concordant policies and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus prevalence in US hospitals.”

Yash Jalundhwala, M.S. Thesis: “Logical inconsistencies as a criterion for selecting health states in EQ-5D valuation studies.”

Maria Charisse De Leon Santos, M.S. Thesis: “Health insurance and treatment use in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

Xiaoqing (Frank) Liu, Ph.D. Dissertation: “The impact of Medicare Part D on healthcare utilization and health of the Medicare beneficiaries.”

Caitlyn T. Wilke, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Challenges and consequences of medication exposure definitions in comparative effectiveness research.”


Alexandra Perez, M.S. Thesis: “Cost and effectiveness analysis of rate versus rhythm control of atrial fibrillation in heart failure.”

Xue Grace Chiou, M.S. Thesis: “Utilization trends in off-label anticonvulsant drug use in the United States, 1994 to 2004.”

Shengsheng Yu, M.S. Thesis: “Determinants of cardio-protective dietary supplement use in the U.S. Population: 1999-2004.”

Meghana Aruru, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Health communication and functional health literacy – impact on Medicare beneficiaries.”

Todd Chermak, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Effect of package label characteristics on pharmacists' visual perception of drug names.”


Hsiang-Wen (Margaret) Lin, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Pharmacists’ knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and counseling on herbs and dietary supplements.”


Daniela L. Motta, M.S. Thesis: “Perceptions and attitudes of key stakeholders on the Brazilian National STD/AIDS Program.”

Caitlyn Wilke, M.S. Thesis: “Comparison of utility weighted and unweighted HRQL measures: an empirical study.”

Eunmi Jung, M.S. Thesis: “Medication use and adherence prior to death in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

Xiaoyan (Charlene) Ying, M.S. Thesis: “Risk factors associated with adverse drug events among a high risk outpatient population.”


Zhixiao (Jason) Wang, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Medication adherence and its impact on health care utilization in veterans with Type II diabetes.”

Hongjun Yin, Ph.D. Dissertation: "The effects of physical functioning on self-rated health in the elderly - a longitudinal analysis.”

Nasreen Khan, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Prescription drug insurance and its effect on utilization and health of the elderly.”


Hiang Kiat (Jason) Tan, M.S. Thesis: “Comparing exhaustive chi-square automatic interaction detector (CHAID) and logistic regression models in explaining the prescribing of antidepressants.”

Shih-Ying (Audrey) Hung, M.S. Thesis: "Impact of caregiver depression and pain on proxy assessed health-related quality of life (HRQL) after stroke."

Sengwee (Darren) Toh, M.S. Thesis: "Analysis of published case reports of drug name confusion.”

Qian (Cassie) Cai, M.S. Thesis: "Time to permanent nursing home admissions among an aging population in the US."

Mehul R. Dalal, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Impact of depression on functional disability and out-of-pocket medical expenditures in the elderly.”

Terrence R. Jackson, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Design and validation of an objective structured clinical examination for pharmacy students delivering nonprescription medicines care.”


Vinit Nair, M.S. Thesis: “Estimation of hepatotoxic drug use and outcomes in managed care as a medication error reduction strategy”

Bhakti Arondekar, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Resource utilization and cost of care in post-MI patients with and without heart failure"


Chaitanya Sarawate, M.S. Thesis: “Economic impact of postoperative ileus in abdominal surgical procedures.”

Yo (Nancy) Ko, M.S. Thesis: "Functional health literacy among Chinese population in Chicago: a preliminary study."

Charisse Johnson, M.S. Thesis: "The geographic distribution of community-based pharmacy clerkship sites in the Chicago metropolitan area."


Ken-Yu Chang, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Effects of social inequality on stage at diagnosis of colorectal cancer in Illinois"


Hema N. Viswanathan, M.S. Thesis: “Management of hypertension from the patient’s perspective.”

Catherine Leventis, M.S. Thesis: “Analysis of structure-function claims of herbal products.”

Vishweshwar Shetty, M.S. Thesis: "Psychometric properties of the health status measurement instrument in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.”

Theresa M. Steward, M.S. Thesis: “Disease state management programs: pharmaceutical executives’ opinions, attitudes and beliefs.”

Sudhir Sunagale, M.S. Thesis: “Understanding the hospitalization cost of sepsis: differences in the length of stay, mortality and hospitalization costs between gram-positive and gram-negative sepsis.”


Mehul Dalal, M.S. Thesis: “Determinants of patient satisfaction with asthma care at an outpatient clinic.”

Eskinder Tafesse, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Factors affecting medical outcomes of rehabilitation among stroke patients."

Swu-Jane Lin, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Diffusion of healthcare technology: adoption of fentanyl patch by physicians in Illinois.”


John W. Maxwell, M.S. Thesis: “An evaluation of prescription keeping software.”

Sanjay K. Gandhi, Ph.D. Dissertation: “SF-12 in arthritis clinical trials: psychometric evaluation and development of arthritis specific health indices and scores.”

Gina S. Gilomen-Study, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Predicting managed care prescribing using the theory of reasoned action and the theory of planned behavior.”

Margaret C. Wright, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Correlates of sentinel events in children with asthma in the Medicaid population in Cook County.”


Yudan Luo, M.S. Thesis: “Strategic analysis of Zantac and Tagamet print advertising in a dynamic market.

Li-Chiun (Daphne) Hsiao, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Drug cost sharing and willingness to pay for prescribed medication purchase among HMO diabetic enrollees.”


Seema Dedhiya, M.S. Thesis: “Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials of interferon-beta in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.”

Ulrike Wigger, Ph.D. Dissertation: “Medical students and primary care physicians opinions and concerns on the use of information technology.”


Jeanne L. Gillespie, M.S. Thesis: "Physicians' evaluations of pharmacists drug allergy intervention messages."

Andrea L. Taylor, M.S. Thesis: “A comparative study of multiple formulary systems in an integrated healthcare delivery system.”

Musadik Malik, Ph.D. Dissertation: “The effects of complexity and accountability on prescribing decision-making.”


Greg T. Biedron, M.S. Thesis: "Pharmacist, nurse and physician perspectives of the drug use process."

Dalia R. Musonis, M.S. Thesis: "Hospital pharmacists' role ambiguity, role conflict and job satisfaction."

Michael E. Sliwoski, M.S. Thesis: "The role of the community pharmacist in diabetes management.”

Satish Srinivasan, M.S. Thesis: "Compliance in pharmacist-physician interactions in healthcare delivery."

Jane Symon, M.S. Thesis: "Factors affecting the role of the nutritional support pharmacist."

Robert J. Valuck, Ph.D. Dissertation: "The effect of regulatory controls on the quality of psychoactive drug prescribing."


Musadik M. Malik, M.S. Thesis: "The effects of cognitive and affective framing on prescribing decisions."

Gregory Zaborniak, M.S. Thesis: "A gap analysis of the buyer provider dyad: pharmacists-drug wholesaler personnel."


Sybil N.E. Seoka, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Project selection in pharmaceutical research and development, and new product market performance.”

Robert Valuck, M.S. Thesis: "Macro-level screening criteria to identify suboptimal prescribers of controlled substances."

Ulrike Wigger, M.S. Thesis: "Use of Q-technique in pharmacy student selection."


Bartholemew E. Clark, M.S. Thesis: "Manager and pharmacist employee perception of the pharmacist's professional and organizational roles in large pharmacy organizations."

H. Christian Johnson, M.S. Thesis: "Perceptions of pharmacy practice by students and faculty."


Su-Yu Chien, M.S. Thesis: "Attitudes of health science students toward drug dispensing by physicians."


Gary Baker, M.S. Thesis: "Work activity analysis: A pre- and post-computerization comparison."

Janet Martin, M.S. Thesis: "A case study of the effect of generics and new chemical entities on prescription cost of goods sold."


Mark Pilkington, M.S. Thesis: "Illinois pharmacists' judgments concerning the likelihood of selecting alternative drug therapies."

Sybil N.E. Seoka, M.S. Thesis: "Drug interactions among the non-institutionalized elderly population."


Carmen Catizone, M.S. Thesis: "Historical analysis of the accession of the Chicago College of Pharmacy by the University of Illinois in 1896."


Carl Bennett, M.S. Thesis: "An analysis of perceptions of leadership behavior and effectiveness of hospital pharmacy directors."

Steven Smith, M.S. Thesis: "Investigation of turnover of hospital pharmacists"


Frank Kokaisl, M.S. Thesis: "Reported and perceived levels of compliance with US Supreme Court's standards for outpatient dispensing."

Mary Kroeger Macnider, M.S. Thesis: "Hospital pharmaceutical group purchasing -- an analysis of its advantages and disadvantages."


Ronald Gottrich, M.S. Thesis: "Pharmacists' and physicians' perceptions of drug product selection in Illinois: one year post inception."

John Machowiak, M.S. Thesis: "A sociodemographic analysis of patients' expectations and satisfaction with traditional and clinical pharmacy services in a rural community."


Paul Klinger, M.S. Thesis: "An investigation of selected aspects of bid purchasing of antibiotics in hospital pharmacy."

David Wegman, M.S. Thesis: "Evaluation of pharmacy services in state and federal correctional facilities: development of standards."


Diane J. Fisher, M.S. Thesis: "Physicians' perception of pharmacists as drug information consultants: application of Fishbein's model."