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Justin Cole - Cedarville University. Cedarville, OH, US

Justin Cole

Director of the Center for Pharmacy Innovation | Cedarville University


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







Center for Pharmacy Innovation Cedarville University Granted Research Project Unique Bag Deactivates 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 (2)

MOTIVE: Integration of motivational interviewing-based decision tools on vaccine hesitancy

Merck Sharp & Dohme Investigator Studies Program $78,382


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


Courses (2)

PHAR 7361

Pediatric Therapeutics

PHAR 7343

Care Across the Lifespan

Articles (9)

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Health Care Workers

Pharmacy Times

2021 Oftentimes, when we think of vaccine hesitancy, we think about our patients. However, some health care workers express vaccine hesitancy, too. With several health care systems mandating COVID-19 vaccines, headlines include “New York Hospital to ‘Pause’ Delivering Babies After Staffers Quit Rather Than Get Vaccinated.” Yet, headlines don’t tell the whole story, and the issue of vaccine hesitancy certainly did not begin with the COVID-19 vaccine. How prevalent is vaccine hesitancy among health care workers? What are common reasons for hesitancy? How can we promote vaccine confidence among health care workers? Those are all questions worth answering, as research has found that health care workers who are vaccinated and have positive attitudes about vaccines are more likely to recommend vaccination to their patients and have higher patient rates of vaccination.

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Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP): A Review of Risk Factors and Possible Interventions in Children

Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics

2021 Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a serious and devastating, yet poorly understood outcome in epilepsy. This review discusses the current knowledge and understanding of SUDEP in children and adolescents. Established risk factors for SUDEP include history of generalized tonic-clonic seizures and nocturnal seizures. Other proposed risk factors include the use of multiple antiseizure medications and poor medication adherence. Possible prevention strategies for SUDEP include improved medication adherence, surgical interventions, nighttime safety, seizure detection devices, and diet. Pediatric providers have a great opportunity to educate families about SUDEP, assess medication adherence, and provide families with tools to improve medication adherence and learn about SUDEP in children and adolescents with epilepsy. Future research in SUDEP aims to further understand the etiology and risk factors of SUDEP, while developing more intervention strategies to prevent SUDEP.

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Tackling Misconceptions That Result in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Pharmacy Times

2021 Because of the consequences of COVID-19 infection, several vaccines were developed and recently granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA for the prevention of symptomatic infection. However, as public health efforts to conduct mass vaccination begin, vaccine hesitancy and concerns regarding the vaccine continue to limit vaccination efforts. The percentage of Americans willing to get vaccinated increased from 51% in September 2020 to 60% in November 2020, which Pew Research Center attributes to increased confidence in the research and vaccine development process.

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Not Interested: Addressing Parental Vaccine Hesitancy Using Motivational Interviewing

Pharmacy Times

2021 Vaccine hesitancy is a main driver for lower than desired vaccination rates and recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses, such as measles, in the United States. While vaccination rates vary from community to community, the vaccine compliance with the 7-vaccine series in children aged 19-35 months was 70.4% nationally in 2017, well below the desired rates for effective herd immunity. Rates are even lower in certain settings, such as communities where federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are often located.

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Joint Statement on Pediatric Education at Schools of Pharmacy

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

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

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

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

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

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

Journal of Child Neurology

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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