Research Fellowship in Community Care

The Community Pharmacy Research Fellowship program was established within the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

The goal of this fellowship program is to provide graduates with a solid foundation in scholarship pertaining to community pharmacy practice, and emphasis is placed on developing future faculty members. The fellowship program is designed to build upon the school’s community- based initiatives while actively contributing to the research agenda for community-based scholarship.

The core learning experiences of the fellowship program consist of mentored research and graduate coursework (approximately 80%-90% of the fellow’s effort), with the remaining time devoted to teaching and/or community-based direct patient care. Specific activities are individualized to meet the fellow’s interests and career goals. The fellow is advised by the program co-directors and a committee consisting of faculty members with expertise in community pharmacy practice and health services/health outcomes research. The fellow meets weekly with the program director and every 6 months with the full committee.

Community Pharmacy Practice: Rite Aid Pharmacies, Giant Eagle Pharmacies, and Independent pharmacies including: Gatti Pharmacy, University Pharmacy, Asti’s Pharmacy

Family Medicine: UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers, Renaissance Family Practices

Geriatric Medicine: UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Care Centers, Presbyterian Senior Care

Underserved Care: Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved

The ACCP Guidelines for Clinical Research Fellowship Training Programs list several skills that are essential to achieving competency in clinical research. In the community practice research fellowship, the majority of these skills are developed through the completion of research activities under the guidance of the fellowship co-directors and other researcher preceptors. As part of these research efforts, the fellow is required to gain experience in grantsmanship through authoring and submitting at least 1 grant application for funding consideration. The fellow is also required to gain experience in the scholarship of teaching, providing the opportunity for course material design, and formal evaluation.

Specific coursework is dependent on the needs and interests of the fellow, however, the fellow will enroll in one of several degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh, leading to a certificate in clinical research, a master of science, or master of public health degree.

A competitive stipend with benefits and travel support is provided. Applicants should possess a PharmD degree and should preferably have prior residency experience relevant to community practice.


Dr. Lucas Berenbrok

My research focuses on advancing how community pharmacists can deliver patient care services.

  • Medication Management
  • Point-of-care Testing
  • Immunizations

Dr. Kim Coley

My research focuses on implementing innovative pharmacy practice models in community settings.

  • Practice Innovation
  • Medication Adherence
  • Patient Outcomes

Dr. Melissa McGivney

My focus is transforming the way people receive medication-related care in the community.

  • Developing Practice Partnerships
  • Innovating Delivery of Patient Care
  • Researching Leading Practices

Dr. Susan Meyer

My interests include instructional design and assessment, and promoting interprofessional education.

  • Curricular Quality Improvement
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Instructional Design

Dr. Jan Pringle

My passion is finding ways of helping organizations learn how to improve patient care systems.

  • Healthcare Innovation
  • Behavioral Health
  • Medication Adherence

Dr. Randall Smith

My focus is the development and application of novel systems of health care delivery.

  • Health care delivery
  • Systems engineering
  • Teaching Innovation

Hannah Renner, PharmD

Dr. Renner earned her PharmD at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2015. She then completed a PGY1 Residency in Community Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina and Walgreens. She is currently the Community Pharmacy Research Fellow at PittPharmacy. Dr. Renner is also pursuing her MPH through the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Her research interests include quality in healthcare, patient behavior/psychology, and the advancement in pharmacist's ability to provide care to people in their communities.

Snyder ME, Frail CK, Gernant SA, Bacci JL, Coley KC, Colip LM, Ferreri SP, Hagemeier NE, McGivney MS, Rodis JL, Smith MG, 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.

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

Cochran G, Bacci JL, Ylioja T, Hruschak V, Miller S, Seybert AL, Tarter R. Prescription opioid use: Patient characteristics and misuse in community pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016 May-Jun;56(3):248-256.

McCartney E, Bacci JL, Ossman KL, Richardson RM, DelPizzo D, DeJames J, McGivney MS. Mobile application features sought after by patients of a regional grocery store chain pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016 Jan;56(1):62-66

Cochran G, Rubinstein J, Bacci JL, Ylioja T, Tarter R. Screening Community Pharmacy Patients for Risk of Prescription Opioid Misuse.
J Addict Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;9(5):411-6

Snyder ME, Pater KS, Frail CK, Hudmon KS, Doebbeling BN, Smith RB. Utility of a brief screening tool for medication-related problems. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2015 Mar-Apr;11(2):253-64.

Bacci JL, McGrath SH, Pringle JL, Maguire MA, McGivney MS. Implementation of targeted medication adherence interventions within a community chain pharmacy practice: The Pennsylvania Project. J Am Pharm Assoc 2014 Nov-Dec;54(6):584-93.

Pringle J, Melczak M, Aldridge A, Snyder M, Smith, R. Study of Medication Adherence and its Relation to Therapeutic Alliance: Results of an Innovative Practice in Community Pharmacy and Medication Therapy Management. Innovations in Pharmacy 2011;2:1-15.

Snyder ME, Zillich AJ, Primack BA, Rice KR, Somma McGivney MA, Pringle JL, Smith RB. Exploring successful community pharmacist-physician collaborative working relationships using mixed methods. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2010 Dec;6(4):307-23.

McGrath SH, Snyder ME, Dueñas GG, Pringle JL, Smith RB, McGivney MS. Physician perceptions of pharmacist-provided medication therapy management: qualitative analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc 2010 Jan-Feb;50(1):67-71

Rickles NM, Brown TA, Mcgivney MS, Snyder ME, White KA. Adherence: a review of education, research, practice, and policy in the United States. Pharm Pract (Granada). 2010 Jan;8(1):1-17.

Garcia GM, Snyder ME, McGrath SH, Smith RB, McGivney MS. Generating demand for pharmacist-provided medication therapy management: identifying patient-preferred marketing strategies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2009 Sep-Oct;49(5):611-6.

Connor SE, Snyder ME, Snyder ZJ, Pater Steinmetz K. Provision of clinical pharmacy services in two safety net provider settings.
Pharm Pract (Granada). 2009 Apr;7(2):94-9.

Applications are accepted until January 15th every other even year (eg. 2018, 2020). Applications should include the following:

  • Letter of intent
  • Statement of research focus
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • CV
  • PharmD transcripts
  • 3 letters of reference

For further information please contact:

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Email: mmcgivney@pitt.edu


Kim Coley, PharmD, FCCP
Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Email: coley@pitt.edu