Rajender R. Aparasu, MPharm, PhD, FAPhA, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and research in the field of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. He has taught various professional and graduate courses in colleges of pharmacy. Dr. Aparasu is a recognized educational leader and scholar in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. He was instrumental in the growth of graduate programs at the University of Houston to train the next generation of pharmacy leaders. He led the creation of one of the largest MS/Residency programs in the country in collaboration with six Texas Medical Center institutions in Houston. He has trained over 30 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in pharmaceutical outcomes research. Dr. Aparasu has received continuous Federal and non-Federal funding to address a broad array of quality of pharmaceutical care issues, especially among the elderly. The goal of his research is to provide real-word evidence for practice and policy decisions using available data sources based on novel methodological and analytical approaches for causal inference in observational outcomes research. He has served on national level patient safety and medication therapy management task forces.
Dr. Aparasu has more than 200 presentations in national/international meetings and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is a peer reviewer for numerous pharmacy and medical journals and has been recognized as an Exceptional Peer Reviewer by several journals. He serves on the editorial boards of several pharmacy and healthcare journals including Drugs & Aging and Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Dr. Aparasu is a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association, the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and National Institutes of Health. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety and has edited a book for graduate students titled Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Practice and Policy. He was recognized by his peers as a 2012 Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association for his exemplary professional achievements in practice and outstanding service to the pharmacy profession. In 2016, he was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster after receiving the endorsement from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
John P. Bentley, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, FNAP, is a Professor of Pharmacy Administration and a Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, with a joint appointment in the Department of Marketing in the School of Business Administration. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Administration and Program Coordinator for the University's Graduate Minor in Applied Statistics. In the professional pharmacy curriculum, Dr. Bentley teaches elements of research design, biostatistics, epidemiology, and drug literature evaluation. At the graduate level, he teaches several applied statistics courses, including general linear models, multivariate statistics, and elective courses focusing on the application of modern longitudinal data analysis methods and principles of statistical mediation and moderation. He has conducted research projects in a variety of areas, including: patient-reported outcomes; medication adherence; medication use, misuse, and outcomes; pharmaceutical marketing and patient behavior; patients' evaluation of health-care providers; pharmacy practice management; tobacco use, control, and cessation among college students; and ethics and professionalism. His statistics research interests include longitudinal data analysis and statistical mediation and moderation analysis.
Dr. Bentley has been a member of many interdisciplinary research teams, consulted with numerous researchers concerning statistical analysis, and served on the MS or PhD committees of over 140 students from various disciplines. He was named a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association in 2009 and the National Academies of Practice in 2019. He has been recognized as a Thelma Cerniglia Distinguished Teaching Scholar at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and has received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award from the University of Mississippi Graduate School, the University of Mississippi's Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship, and the Outstanding Article of the Year Award for a paper published in Quality of Life Research. He has served as a peer reviewer for many journals and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Bentley received his BS in pharmacy and MBA from Drake University, his MS and PhD in pharmacy administration from The University of Mississippi, and his MS and PhD in biostatistics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.