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Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Medication adherence, beliefs about medications, health literacy, patient-provider communication, and adolescent knowledge of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Kelly Conn
Education:

Ph.D., University of Rochester
MPH, University of Rochester
B.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Courses

  • PHAR 3123 - Principles, Methods, and Clinical Application of Epidemiology in Pharmacy Practice I
  • PHAR 4223 - Principles, Methods, and Clinical Application of Epidemiology in Pharmacy Practice II
  • PHAR 5113 - Critical Evaluation of Medical Literature I
  • PHAR 5213 - Critical Evaluation of Medical Literature II
  • PHAR 5530 - Peer Instruction

Bio

Dr. Conn received her bachelor's degree in biology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and master's degree in public health, with a concentration in epidemiology, from the University of Rochester in 2005. She went on to pursue a doctorate in education and human development (2013) and an academic postdoctoral fellowship at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy (2014-2015).

Dr. Conn joined the Wegmans School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration in August 2015. Her areas of teaching focus on evidence-based medicine including critical review of medical literature, biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods. She has worked in clinical research for over 15 years and is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her expertise includes study design and development, beliefs about medications and medication adherence, epidemiology, primary data collection studies, large community-based trials, randomized trials, survey studies, and data analyses/biostatistics and interpretation.

Dr. Conn is also experienced in qualitative methods that include focus group moderation and grounded theory methods. Dr. Conn's research focuses on factors associated with patients’ knowledge and use of medications including adherence to treatment regimens. Her primary focus is on factors such as beliefs about medications, health literacy, patient-provider communication, and the role of technology. She is currently involved in the implementation and evaluation of community initiatives to promote medication adherence as well as knowledge and understanding of over-the-counter and prescription medications. She actively mentors students in research including primary data collection, preparation of abstracts, presentation of posters for local and national meetings, and manuscript submission. Dr. Conn has successfully authored and co-authored articles on medication adherence, beliefs about medications, health literacy, and adolescent knowledge of over-the-counter medications as well as co-authored a chapter on pediatric adherence to treatment regimens in Primary Pediatric Care (5th edition). She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and serves as an invited peer reviewer for several scientific journals including the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Academic Pediatrics.

Selected Publications

  • Conn KM, Fisher SG, Rhee H. Parent and child independent report of emotional responses to asthma-specific vignettes: the relationship between emotional states, self-management behaviors, and symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 2015, in press.
  • Conn KM, Swanson D, McQuaid E, Douthit K, Fisher SG. The relationship between helplessness and the child's asthma symptoms: The role of social support. Journal of Asthma 2014;1-12.
  • Fagnano M, Halterman JS, Conn KM, Shone LP. Health Literacy and Sources of Health Information for Caregivers of Urban Children with Asthma. Clinical Pediatrics 2012;51(3):267-273.
  • Shone LP, Conn KM, Sanders L, Halterman JS. The Role of Parent Health Literacy among Urban Children with Persistent Asthma. Patient Education and Counseling. 2009;75(3):368-375.
  • Conn KM, Hernandez T, Puthoor P, Fagnano M, Halterman JS. Screen Time Use Among Children with Asthma. Academic Pediatrics, 2009;9(1):60-63.
  • Conn KM, Halterman JS, Cabana M. The Impact of Parents' Medication Beliefs on Asthma Management. Pediatrics. 2007;120:e521-526.
  • Conn KM, Halterman JS, Fisher S, Yoos HL, Chin N, Szilagyi PG. Parental Beliefs about Medications and Medication Adherence Among Urban Children with Asthma. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2005;5:306-310.
  • Halterman JS, McConnochie KM, Conn KM, Yoos HL, Callahan PM, Neely TL, Szilagyi PG. A Randomized Trail of Provider Prompting to Enhance Preventive Asthma Therapy. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2005;159:422-427.
  • Halterman JS, Conn KM, Szilagyi PG. Factors Affecting Pediatric Adherence to Treatment Regimens. In: McInerny TK, et al, editor: Primary Pediatric Care, 5th Ed, American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Rand CM. Conn KM, Crittenden CN, Halterman JS. Does a Color-Coded Method for Measuring Acetaminophen Doses Reduce the Likelihood of Dosing Error? Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2004;158:625-627.