Kenneth A. Lawson, Ph.D., FAPhA

Dr. Kenneth Lawson

Professor Emeritus of Health Outcomes
SmithKline Centennial Professor Emeritus

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 Emeritus in the Health Outcomes Division.

Dr. Lawson’s 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 research interests include 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 Profile 
ORCid:  0000-0001-8520-8422
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Selected Recent Publications
*Denotes student(s)/trainee(s) at the time of the study.

CORE Research Area: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Kang HA*, Barner JC, Lawson, KA, Rascati KL, Mignacca RC, "Impact of Adherence to Hydroxyurea on Health Outcomes among Patients with Sickle Cell Disease," American Journal of Hematology, January 2023;98(1): 90-101. (published online October 17,2022).

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

Shao Q*, Rascati KL, Lawson KA, Barner JC, Sonawane KB, Rousseau JF, "Real-world Opioid Use among Patients with Migraine Enrolled in US Commercial Insurance and Risk Factors Associated with Migraine Progression," Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, November 2022; 28(11): 1272-1281.

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.

Ibiloye, EA*, Barner JC, Lawson KA, Rascati KL, Evoy KE, Peckham AM, "Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Gabapentinoid Use and Misuse among Texas Medicaid Recipients," Clinical Drug Investigation, March 2021; 41(3): 245-253.

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.


Graduate Courses

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)

PharmD Courses

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 394F Principles of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacy Management (Topics:  Financial Reports/Ratio Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Third-Party Payer Considerations)

Significant/Recent Activities

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 chaired 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.

Contact Information
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PHR 3.209C

US Mail Address:
University of Texas, Austin
Health Outcomes Division, PHR 3.209C
2409 University Avenue, STOP A1930
Austin, TX 78712-1120

FEDEX Address:
2409 University Avenue
PHR 3.209C
University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1120