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Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FAPhA - Cedarville University. Cedarville, OH, US

Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FAPhA

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice | Cedarville University


Dr. Chen is an expert in pharmacy education, patient health behavior change, and vaccine hesitancy.





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As an educator and researcher, Dr. Chen focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy, with a focus on motivational interviewing and health disparities/ cultural humility in patient and student education. Her research has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 100 national and international presentations, multiple book chapters, and funded grants. Dr. Chen is actively involved with the pharmacy profession, including serving and chairing several national pharmacy organization committees. She was recognized as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association in 2020, nominated by the Academy of Research Scientists. Dr. Chen also serves as an Associate Editor for the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal. She has worked as a community pharmacist and a consultant pharmacist since 2006.

Industry Expertise (6)



Health and Wellness

Medical Devices

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Pharmacy Education

Patient Behavior Change

Vaccine Hesitancy

Patient Ability to Understand Health Information

Accomplishments (1)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (professional)


Issued by Cedarville University

Education (3)

Purdue University: Ph.D. (Dual-Title), Pharmacy Practice and Gerontology 2011

Purdue University: M.Sc., Pharmacy Practice 2009

Ohio Northern University: Pharm.D., Pharmacy 2006

Affiliations (2)

  • CVS Health
  • Profero Team, LLC

Media Appearances (2)

CU student interning at Mayo

Xenia Gazette  


Dr. Aleda Chen, assistant dean and assistant professor of pharmacy practice said Rudy’s internship continues to demonstrate how diligent students are in the school of pharmacy. “As our faculty engages students in all aspects, it’s encouraging to see how prepared students are for advanced positions,” Chen said...

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Cedarville student publishes research study

Xenia Gazette  


The study was conducted by Stephanie Cailor, third-year professional pharmacy student, and Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant dean and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. The results of the study showed significant improvements in the students’ understanding of and confidence in the usefulness of research. However, there was no significant change in the students’ plans to perform or participate in future research.

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Articles (4)

Relationships between health literacy and heart failure knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-care adherence

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

2014 It has been argued that only 12% of adults have the necessary health literacy to manage their health care effectively, which can lead to difficulties in self-care activities, such as medication adherence. Prior research suggests that health literacy may influence knowledge, self-efficacy and self-care, but this has not been fully examined.

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Validation of an empathy scale in pharmacy and nursing students

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

2013 Objective. To validate an empathy scale to measure empathy in pharmacy and nursing students.

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Health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

2012 Today’s complex health care system relies heavily on sophisticated self-care regimens. To navigate the system and follow self-care protocols, patients must be able to understand and use health information, which requires health literacy. However, nearly 90 million Americans lack the necessary health literacy skills to adequately care for themselves in the face of a complex healthcare system and self-care regimens. Understanding how to effectively care for one’s self is thought to improve heart failure symptoms and patient outcomes, but little is actually known about how health literacy influences self-care in patients with heart failure. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the relationship between health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure.

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Potential for toxicity with use of bitter orange extract and guarana for weight loss

Annals of Pharmacotherapy

2005 With the recent FDA ban of the weight loss herbal supplement ephedra, manufacturers of those products are switching to other ingredients, such as bitter orange extract and guarana. Four of the five top-selling weight loss products (Metabolife®, Hydroxycut®, Dexatrim Natural®, and Xenadrine EFX®) contain either bitter orange extract, guarana, or both. Are these replacements safe, or do they have the potential to cause harm?

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