Professor of Health Outcomes
SmithKline Centennial Professor
After graduating from The University of Texas (UT) at Austin College of Pharmacy, Dr. Lawson practiced in community and institutional settings for over 11 years before entering the pharmacy graduate program at UT where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacy Administration. He joined the faculty at the UT College of Pharmacy in 1992 and is currently the SmithKline Centennial Professor in the Health Outcomes Division.
Dr. Lawson’s primary teaching interests include health care systems and community pharmacy management in the professional program, and health care systems, research methods, and data analysis in the graduate program.
His current research activities focus on utilization and expenditure patterns, and factors affecting the utilization of and expenditures for prescription medications and other health care services.
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.S., The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. in Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kenneth-Lawson-2
Selected Recent Publications
*Denotes student(s)/trainee(s) at the time of the study.
CORE Research Area: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Toliver JC*; Barner JC; Lawson KA; Rascati KL, “Use of a Claims-based Algorithm to Estimate Disease Severity in the Multiple Sclerosis Medicare Population,” Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, April 2021; 49; 102741, doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2021.102741.
Nduaguba SO*, Ford KH, Wilson JP, Lawson KA, “Gender and Ethnic Differences in Rates of Immune Reconstitution, AIDS Diagnosis and Survival,” AIDS Care, March 2021; 33(3): 285-289.
Park C, Ma X*, Park S, Lawson KA, “Association of Depression with Adherence to Breast Cancer Screening among Women Aged 50-74 Years in the United States,” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, December 2020; 26(6): 1677-1688.
CORE Research Area: Healthcare Systems Research
Shukla N*, Barner JC, Lawson KA, Rascati KL, “Age-Related Prescription Medication Utilization for the Management of Sickle Cell Disease among Texas Medicaid Patients,” Journal of Opioid Management, July/August 2021, 17(4): 301-310.
Shao Q*, Rascati KL, Lawson KA, Wilson JP, Shah S, Garrett JS, “Impact of Emergency Department Opioid Use on Future Health Resource Utilization among Patients with Migraine,” Headache, February 2021; 61(2): 287-299.
Wong SL*, Marshall LZ*, Lawson KA, “Direct Oral Anticoagulant Prescription Trends, Switching Patterns, and Adherence in Texas Medicaid,” The American Journal of Managed Care, July 2018; 24 (Special Issue No. 8): SP309-SP314.
CORE Research Area: Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Shao Q*, Rascati KL, Barner JC, Lawson KA, Sonawane KB, Rousseau JF, “Healthcare Utilization and Costs among Patients with Chronic Migraine, Episodic Migraine, and Tension-type Headache Enrolled in Commercial Insurance Plans,” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, February 2022; 62(2): 141-158.
Grebla R, Setyawan J, Park C, Richards KM, Nwokeji ED, Pawaskar M, Erder HM, Lawson KA, “Examining the Heterogeneity of Treatment Patterns in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among Children and Adolescents in the Texas Medicaid Population: Modeling Suboptimal Treatment Response,” Journal of Medical Economics, August 2019; 22(8): 788-797.
Gupte-Singh K*, Singh R*, Lawson KA, “Economic Burden of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder among Pediatric Patients in the United States,” Value in Health, April 2017; 20(4): 602-609.
PGS 381N Healthcare Systems (Topics: Basic Concepts in Health Economics, U.S. Healthcare System, Introduction to Risk and Insurance, Managed Care, PBMs and Prescription Pricing, Medicaid, Medicare, Pharmaceutical Industry, Future Trends in Healthcare)
PGS 390J Data Analysis in Healthcare (Topics: Data Analysis with STATA using Descriptive and Inferential Statistics)
PGS 390U Advanced Research Methods (Topics: Generalized Linear Models, Zero-Inflated Models, Survival Analysis)
PGS196S Seminar in Pharmacy (Topics: Writing Research Reports, Current Healthcare Issues)
PHM 384L Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System (Topics: Introduction to Risk and Insurance, Managed Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System)
PHM 384K Community Pharmacy Management (Topics: Financial Statements and Terminology, Ratio Analysis, Break-Even Analysis, Cost of Dispensing Prescriptions, Prescription Pricing Strategies, Evaluating and Managing Third-Party Contracts)
PHM 394F Principles of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacy Management (Topics: Financial Reports/Ratio Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Third-Party Payer Considerations)
National and International Service Activities
Dr. Lawson served as Member-At-Large, Chair Elect, and Chair of the Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and chaired other APhA committees.
University/College Service Activities
Dr. Lawson chairs the college’s Professional Program Financial Aid Committee and serves on several other college and university committees. He was head of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division from 2011 to 2016, and he chaired the college’s Executive Committee.
Selected Honors and Awards
Dr. Lawson received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award (1995, 2011, 2020-class of 2022), the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (2012), the Sheffield Outstanding UT Alumnus Award (2014), the Texas Pharmacy Association Distinguished Service Award (1997), and the Top 10 Cited Faculty recognition by graduating seniors (10 times). He has been recognized as an Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy. He is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program.
US Mail Address:
University of Texas, Austin
Health Outcomes Division, PHR 3.209C
2409 University Avenue, STOP A1930
Austin, TX 78712-1120
2409 University Avenue
University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1120