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Justin Cole - Cedarville University. Cedarville, OH, US

Justin Cole Justin Cole

Director of the Center for Pharmacy Innovation | Cedarville University


Dr. Cole is an expert in pharmacy innovation, interprofessional care, and pharmacy practice advancement.







Disruptive Pharmacy Dr. Cole Provides Insight into Controversial Topic Reversing the Trend on Opioids The Concern About COVID's Black Fungus




Dr. Justin Cole serves as associate professor and chair of the department of pharmacy practice at the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. He also directs the Center for Pharmacy Innovation. His teaching, research, and clinical interests are centered on pediatric clinical care. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Cole worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he established clinical pharmacy services for the inpatient neurosciences unit and the comprehensive epilepsy center. During his time there he also served as Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, leading the strategic development of clinical and investigational drug services within the health system. Dr. Cole is active in several national pharmacy organizations, including the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the Pediatric Pharmacy Association, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. His research interests include the treatment of pediatric neurologic conditions, behavioral health, pharmacokinetics, vaccination practices, quality improvement methodology, and the integration of real-world technology into the classroom. He currently serves as the pediatric behavioral health clinical pharmacist at Rocking Horse Community Health Center, a federally-qualified health center in Springfield, Ohio.

Areas of Expertise (8)



Clinical Pharmacy


Pharmacy Innovation


Clinical Research


Accomplishments (3)

Preceptor of Distinction

2016 Cedarville University School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the Year

2013 Nationwide Children's Hospital

Employee of the Month

2010 Nationwide Children's Health

Education (1)

Ohio Northern University: D.Pharm., Pharmacy 2006

Affiliations (5)

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
  • Pediatric Pharmacy Association

Media Appearances (2)

Ohio pushing forward in the fight against big drug companies

ABC 22 Now  online


"For acute injuries or pain, Tylenol or ibuprofen and over the counter medications can be helpful or non-drug therapies as well,” said Cedarville University Interim Pharmacy Chair, Dr, Justin Cole. Alternatives to opioids in appropriate cases is just one of the ways doctors and pharmacists have worked to curb addiction. Along with working with the state to set limits on prescriptions and providing more education on pain relief.

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Cedarville University lands $250K for pharmacy innovation center

Dayton Business Journal  online


As director, Cole will work to attract innovators and funding for pilot projects that address issues such as medication non-adherence, rising drug and healthcare costs, appropriate integration of technology, and new drug discovery. The center will collaborate with the Ohio Pharmacists Association, among others, to develop creative solutions to healthcare issues.

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Research Grants (1)

An observational study to compare the effectiveness of implementing a motivational interviewing-based decision tool on childhood vaccination rates

Merck Investigator Studies Program $37,000


Articles (5)

Joint Statement on Pediatric Education at Schools of Pharmacy

Am J Pharm Educ

2020 Providing health care for children is a unique specialty, and pediatric patients represent approximately 25% of the population. Education of pharmacy students on patients across the lifespan is required by current Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education standards and outcomes; thus, it is essential that pharmacy students gain a proficiency in caring for children.

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Implementation of a motivational interviewing-based decision tool to improve childhood vaccination rates: Pilot study protocol

Res Social Adm Pharm

2020 Parental concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines have been on the rise over the past decade, resulting in a decline in comprehensive vaccine coverage in children. Healthcare practitioners face many challenges when recommending childhood vaccinations, with many parents refusing vaccination due to these and other concerns. Effective communication strategies and tools can equip providers to communicate with vaccine hesitant parents, but validated tools are currently lacking.

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Realizing the vision for pediatric pharmacy practice advancement through strategic planning and implementation

Am J Health Syst Pharm

2020 In a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, pharmacy leaders must be agile and innovative to ensure that patients receive the highest-quality care. Here we describe the benefits of using a structured approach to pediatric pharmacy practice advancement guided by strategic planning and quality improvement principles.

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Seizure Action Plans for Pediatric Patients With Epilepsy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J Child Neurol

2020 Seizure action plans help patients and caregivers better self-manage their epilepsy. We hypothesized that providing pediatric patients and their caregivers with a seizure action plan would reduce unplanned health care utilization and decrease the impact of epilepsy.

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Impact of Obesity on Fosphenytoin Volume of Distribution in Pediatric Patients

Journal of Child Neurology

AB Prusakov, AD Patel, JW Cole

2018 The impact of body habitus on fosphenytoin pharmacokinetics is poorly understood in pediatric patients. This retrospective, single-center review examined differences in fosphenytoin volume of distribution (VD) between children with normal and obese body habitus. From 2013 to 2015, patients 2 to 18 years of age who received a loading dose of fosphenytoin were identified.

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