Carolyn M. Brown, Ph.D., FAPhA

Carolyn Brown

Professor of Health Outcomes
Henry M. Burlage Centennial Endowed Professor
Distinguished Service Professor


My research program focuses on patient behaviors and outcomes in chronic diseases. Our research studies are theoretically driven and employ both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine cultural and social determinants of health that impact quality and access to care and outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses, particularly ethnic minority patients who experience a disproportionate burden of poor health.

Ph.D., The University of Florida
B.S. Pharm, Xavier University of Louisiana

Research Profile

Selected Recent Publications
*Denotes student(s)/trainee(s) at the time of the study.

CORE Area: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Shiyanbola OO, Rao D, Kuehl S, Bolt D, Ward E, Brown C. Psychometric evaluation of a culturally adapted illness perception questionnaire for African Americans with type 2 diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2022 Apr 13;22(1):741. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13172-2.

*Kanu C, Brown CM, Rascati K, Moczygemba LR, Mackert M, Wilfong L. General versus disease-specific health literacy in patients with breast cancer: a cross-sectional study. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Mar 22;. doi: 10.1007/s00520-022-06988-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 35316403.

Brown CM, *Kanu C, Richards KM, Stevens L, Sasane R, McAneny B. Exploring access to care from the perspective of patients with breast cancer: A qualitative study. Cancer Med. 2022 Mar 10;. doi: 10.1002/cam4.4624. [Epub ahead of print]

*Ogunsanya ME, Brown CM, Lin D, Imarhia F, Maxey C, Chong BF. Understanding the disease burden and unmet needs among patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus: A qualitative study. Int J Womens Dermatol. 2018 Sep;4(3):152-158. doi: 10.1016/j.ijwd.2018.01.002.

Shiyanbola OO, Brown CM, Ward EC. "I did not want to take that medicine": African-Americans' reasons for diabetes medication nonadherence and perceived solutions for enhancing adherence. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2018;12:409-421. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S152146.

CORE Area: Healthcare Systems Research

*Heidari E, Brown C, Johnsrud M, Mastrangelo V, Spears A, Parikh M, Campbell PJ. Procurement and use of social determinants of health data among key health care stakeholders. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2022 May;28(5):538-543. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2022.28.5.538. PubMed PMID: 35471072.

*Orji CC, Brown CM, Hoverman JR, Richards KM. Guideline adherence and the strategy of chemotherapy dose reduction in metastatic colorectal cancer: A multicenter oncology practice experience. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2019; 37(27 Suppl):24-24.

*Gugala E, *Briggs O, Moczygemba LR, Brown CM, Hill LG. Opioid harm reduction: A scoping review of physician and system-level gaps in knowledge, education, and practice. Subst Abus. 2022;43(1):972-987. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2022.2060423. Review.

Brown CM, Richards KM, *Vohra Y, *Kanu C, Stevens L, Sasane R, Balu S, McAneny B. Evaluation of access to care issues in patients with breast cancer. J Med Econ. 2021 Jan-Dec;24(1):38-45. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2020.1858580.

*Orji CC, Brown CM, Hoverman JR, Richards KM. Guideline adherence and the strategy of chemotherapy dose reduction in metastatic colorectal cancer: A multicenter oncology practice experience. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2019; 37(27 Suppl):24-24.

CORE Research Area: Health Economics and Outcomes Research

*Makhinova T, Barner JC, Brown CM, Richards KM, Rascati KL, Nag A. Improving Asthma Management: Patient-Pharmacist Partnership Program in Enhancing Therapy Adherence. Pharmacy (Basel). 2022 Feb 17;10(1). doi: 10.3390/pharmacy10010034.

*Kanu C, Brown CM, Rascati K, Moczygemba LR, Mackert M, Wilfong L. Are Health Literacy and Patient Activation Related to Health Outcomes in Breast Cancer Patients?. Health Lit Res Pract. 2021 Jul;5(3):e171-e178. doi: 10.3928/24748307-20210524-02. Epub 2021 Jul 15.

*Orji CC, Brown CM, Hoverman JR, Richards KM, Garey J, He B. Impact of a G-CSF Policy to Reduce Low-Value Care on Guideline Adherence and Mortality. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Nov;17(11):e1830-e1836. doi: 10.1200/OP.20.01045. Epub 2021 Apr 14.

*Orji CC, *Ghosh S, *Nwaobia OI, *Ibrahim KR, *Ibiloye EA, Brown CM. Health Behaviors and Health-Related Quality of Life Among U.S. Adults Aged 18-64 Years. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Apr;60(4):529-536. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.10.020. Epub 2021 Jan 7.

*Ogunsanya ME, Nduaguba SO, Brown CM. Incremental health care services and expenditures associated with depression among individuals with cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE). Lupus. 2018 Jun;27(7):1107-1115. doi: 10.1177/0961203318762604. Epub 2018 Mar 7.

Graduate Courses
PGS 384N Health Behavior Theory and Medication Use Process

PGS196S Seminar in Pharmacy (Topics: Health Disparities – Deconstructing the Meaning of Race and Ethnic Differences in Health Outcomes Research; and Social Determinants of Health)

PGS 390K Experimental Design and Research Methods in Health Care (Topic: Science and Theory)

PGS 390U Advanced Research Methods (Topic: Focus Group/Qualitative Data Analysis)

PharmD Courses

PHM 283L Health Behavior and Health Outcomes

PHM 181V Pharmacy Practice Lab I (Topic: Communication/Cultural Diversity)

PHM 182V Pharmacy Practice Lab II (Topic: Complementary and Integrative Medications)

Significant/Recent Activities

National and International Service Activities
Review Panel, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Member of the Ascension Texas Council on Racial and Health Equity (ATCORHE)

Editorial Board member, Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion

Peer Reviewer, Journal Manuscripts

University Service Activities
Inaugural Member, UT Provost Distinguished Service Academy (DSA)

Chair, Departmental Review of Research Involving Human Subjects Committee

Member (and Former Chair), College of Pharmacy Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) Committee

Planning Group (Co-Creator and Former Project Lead), Project Engage Pharmacy Program (PEPP)

Co-Advisor, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) UT Chapter

Member, College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee

Marshal, University of Texas at Austin Commencement

Faculty Representative, UT Intercollegiate Athletics Council

Contact Information
Campus location:
PHR 3.209D
US Mail Address:

UT College of Pharmacy, Health Outcomes
2409 University Avenue, STOP A1930
Austin, TX 78712-1120

FEDEX Address:

2409 University Avenue
PHR 3.209D
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712