Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences

John Devlin

John Devlin
Acting Chair

The Department of Pharmacy and Health System Sciences is an academic unit within the School of Pharmacy, Bouvé College of Health Sciences. The faculty members who make up the department are a diverse group of professionals, including clinical pharmacists who practice in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics and community pharmacies, clinical scientists who conduct research in both laboratory and patient care settings, and social and administrative scientists who research a variety of aspects of medication use and health care delivery.

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Members of the department teach in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and in other programs in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and across the university. Many faculty participate in team-taught courses offered by the department, allowing them to share their unique expertise and experience with students both inside and outside the classroom. Most faculty members precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), allowing students to receive applied instruction in a variety of pharmacy practice and research settings.

All members of our department are active scholars. Faculty have received research funding from sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), and from a variety of foundations, professional associations, and private industry. Members of the department have also received funds to create and administer programs for the Nonprescription Medicine Academy, Boston Public Health Department, and the Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research. Our faculty are involved in the scholarship of teaching, developing innovative teaching methods in their classrooms and practice sites, and evaluating the learning outcomes that result. The products of these scholarly pursuits are regularly published in leading journals in the pharmacy, medical and educational literature. Faculty members also contribute to numerous textbooks and learning resources utilized by pharmacy educators throughout the world.

Our faculty provide service to the university community, to the profession of pharmacy, and most importantly, to patients. Faculty members practice in hospitals, clinics, and community pharmacies. We have affiliated with many Community Health Centers in Boston and surrounding communities, providing medication therapy management and other health services to underserved patients. Many members of the department are also active in professional associations in roles ranging from committee service to elected leadership positions.

We’re excited that you are interested in the department, school and college. Please explore this site to learn more about our faculty and the work that they do.

John Devlin
Professor and Acting Chair

Department News
Nathaniel M. Rickles, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPP Selected for PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Award
Nathaniel M. Rickles, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPP Selected for PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Award
Nathaniel M. Rickles, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPP was recently selected for a PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Award to help build the community and capacity necessary to later develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research project across New England. He will be collaborating on the first stage of the PCORI project, "Tailoring Patient Options for Medication Adherence Action ...more
Karen Khalil receives Student Excellence Award from MSHP
Karen Khalil receives Student Excellence Award from MSHP
Karen Khalil, a PharmD student, received one of the 2015 Student Excellence Awards from the Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP).  This award honors four (4) students who are currently enrolled at a college of pharmacy located in Massachusetts and have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to pharmacy in an organized health care setting. ...more
Northeastern APhA-ASP Chapter Makes History at Annual Meeting
Northeastern APhA-ASP Chapter Makes History at Annual Meeting
(By: Anthony Zaki, P3 PharmD Student) The Northeastern University Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) had much to celebrate at this year's annual meeting in San Diego as it was presented with the APhA-ASP National Award for Most Improved Chapter, and as one of its own, Lucianne West, a P3 ...more
Michael Gonyeau receives Bouvé Distinguished Educator Award
Michael Gonyeau receives Bouvé Distinguished Educator Award
The Bouvé College Distinguished Educator Award, recognizing a faculty member's continuing commitment to outstanding teaching and related activities, was awarded to Clinical Professor Michael Gonyeau, a member of the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated a pattern of excellence in teaching. Dr. Laura Mylott from ...more
Leading Researcher on Medication Use in Nursing Homes Joins Northeastern
Leading Researcher on Medication Use in Nursing Homes Joins Northeastern
Associate Professor Becky Briesacher, an international authority on the clinical, economic and policy issues surrounding medication prescribing and reimbursement for older adults who reside in nursing homes joined the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences this past fall.   Dr. Briesacher, the recipient of well over $ 5 million in funding from the National Institutes ...more
A Prescription for Success
A Prescription for Success
Dispensing assistance to others is second nature to Mark Zilner, PAH’91. A third-generation pharmacist, Zilner discovered his passion for the profession when his parents founded Diamond Pharmacy, a corner drugstore, in 1970.   “What sold me on this career was watching my pharmacist parents and grandmother—the people I admired most—help customers each day,” he says.   They also sparked ...more
Pharmacy Student Groups - Engaged in Community
Pharmacy Student Groups - Engaged in Community
Each week, Gabriella Pepe, A P3 Pharm D student and secretary of the Executive Board of the school's Pharmacy Student Government Organization (PSGO) sends out her "PSGO Weekly Dose" to faculty and students. The informative email catalogues activities, lectures, service opportunities, and news from eleven very active School of Pharmacy student groups engaged in community, ...more
Pharmacy Scholarship Convocation
Pharmacy Scholarship Convocation
Last month, students, parents, alumni, faculty, and donors gathered on campus to celebrate the annual School of Pharmacy Scholarship and Awards Convocation. This convocation honors the School of Pharmacy students who, each year, demonstrate outstanding achievement and embody the highest ideals of the pharmacy profession. Their accomplishments exemplify the very best of what the School ...more
School of Pharmacy prepares for Accreditation 2015
As the school readies itself for its accreditation visit this fall, alumni are invited to read and provide feedback on the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy Self-Study document which will be submitted to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The draft document is the year-long culmination of work done by six committees, comprised of ...more
Pharmacy Student Presents Research on the Effects of ECMO-Associated Sedative Clearance at Critical Care Congress
Pharmacy Student Presents Research on the Effects of ECMO-Associated Sedative Clearance at Critical Care Congress
At the recent Society of Critical Care Medicine World Congress in Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Etheridge, PharmD 2017, presented the results of a research collaboration with Tufts Medical Center and Columbia NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center that characterized the incidence, risk and outcomes associated with ECMO-associated sedative clearance. Most of Joshua’s research was completed during a 4-month ...more
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