Dr. Moczygemba is an Associate Professor in the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Her research program focuses on working with communities and health-systems to mitigate health disparities by developing patient-centered interventions to optimize medication-related health outcomes along the continuum of care.
Dr. Moczygemba uses qualitative and quantitative techniques and quality improvement principles to assess the clinical, economic, and humanistic impact of emerging care models. She has worked to advance the health care of homeless individuals, older adults, and those living in rural areas through the development, implementation, and evaluation of care models that integrate pharmacists with health care teams.
Her research has been funded by the NIH, CMS Innovation Center, HRSA, United States Pharmacopeia and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation. Dr. Moczygemba was a Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Blick Scholar and a NIH KL2 Scholar. She currently serves on the American Pharmacists Association Medication Therapy Management Evidence Advisory Panel and has served as the President of the Capital Area Pharmacy Association in Austin, Texas and as a Director for the Texas Pharmacy Association Academy of Government, Research, and Academia.
She was a 2008 United States Pharmacopeia and American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellow. In 2008, Dr. Moczygemba received the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. She received her PharmD and PhD from The University of Texas in 2004 and 2008, respectively, and was a faculty member at the VCU School of Pharmacy from 2008 – 2016.
Dr. Thurman is a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Outcomes Division at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Thurman joined the College of Pharmacy in June 2018 after completing her PhD in Nursing and a three-year stint as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Her research interests center on improving the health and health care of vulnerable populations including adults with disabilities, adults experiencing homelessness, and individuals living in rural areas. Dr. Thurman has nearly 15 years of nursing experience including 4 years as a clinical instructor of public health nursing at the UT Austin School of Nursing and 3 years as the Director of Clinical Affairs for a statewide membership association for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Texas.
Chinyere Mma Okoh is a graduate student in the Health Outcomes Division at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Chinyere is from Nigeria, and obtained here BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Ibadan. Her undergraduate thesis was titled “frequency, types and factors associated with potentially harmful drug interactions among elderly patients in Nigeria”. Her research interests include improving access to health care and improving health outcomes among vulnerable populations, medication adherence and utilization, and public health. She is involved as a UT Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) representative and a member of International Society for Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Research (ISPOR) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Wash is a graduate student in the Health Outcomes Division at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Wash is originally from Ohio and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toledo in 2010 and 2012, respectively. After graduating, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he spent five years practicing and managing a pharmacy that was within a Federally Qualified Health Center. His research interests include the social determinants of health, improving healthcare for underserved populations, health literacy, health communication, medication adherence, innovative pharmacist services, and evaluating changes to pharmacists’ scope of practice. Dr. Wash is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, previously served as the Director of Community Practice for the Oregon State Pharmacy Association’s Board of Directors, and is looking forward to getting involved in the Texas Pharmacy Association.
Mandy Renfro is a 3rd year pharmacy student and has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Moczygemba since May 2017. Her research areas of interest are pharmacist services for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. She is completing the PharmD Honors Program, and the title of her research is “U.S Colleges of Pharmacy Continuing Education Departments Role in Educating Pharmacists about the Opioid Crisis – A Public Health Emergency”. In the summer of 2018, Mandy served as the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation Nonprofit Leadership and Managed Care Research Intern in Alexandria, VA. After her PharmD graduation in 2020, she plans to pursue a health economics and outcomes research fellowship or graduate degree.
Anthony Hudzik is a 2nd year pharmacy student. He is a research assistant for Dr. Moczygemba and has worked with her since June 2018. His research involves developing a transitions of care program with a local independent pharmacy. He is completing the PharmD Honors Program and will graduate in 2021. His career goals after pharmacy school involve pursing a role in the pharmaceutical industry. His hobbies include bouldering, petting cats, and basketball.
Kyler Tormey is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in the Class of 2021. Prior to matriculation, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Texas A&M University. Kyler works as a research assistant for Dr. Moczygemba and her interests include medication therapy management and women’s health. Also at the college, Kyler is Co-Chair of Know Your Medicine Outreach and is an active member of the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists and Phi Delta Chi.
Lauren Welton-Arndt is currently a P2 at the College of Pharmacy! She holds a B.A in Biochemistry from Lawrence University and is from Middleton, Wisconsin. Lauren is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and health outcomes research in industry. She serves as the vice president of Kappa Epsilon, co-faculty relations chair on pharmacy council, and is an active member of APSA. She works at Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy in addition to working as a research assistant for Dr. Moczygemba.