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Dr. Karen L. Kier

Director of Assessment, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Professional Experience: 

Director of Assessment, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Preventive Care Specialist

Past Positions at ONU:  
Director of Drug Information
Director of Institutional Research

  • B.S. Pharmacy: Ohio Northern University: 1982
  • M.S. Hospital Pharmacy: Ohio State University: 1984
  • Ph.D. Pharmacy Administration: Ohio State University: 2000
  • ASHP Accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH
  • Advanced Specialty Residency in Drug Information Practice, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC


  • AHA ACLS Instructor
  • BLS Instructor
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • AHA First Aid Instructor
  • AHA BLS Instructor

  • AHA Training Center Faculty

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)

  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)

  • APhA MTM Certification

  • OPA Immunization Certification

  • Certification in Physical Assessment in Patient Care Management

  • Certification in Evidence Based Medicine

Teaching Interests: 

Major curricular areas:

  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Biostatistics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Immunizations


Electives offered:

  • Independent Study in Drug Literature Evaluation
  • Special Topics in Preventative Medicine (with Professor Kate Witte)


  • Walter M. Frazier Award for Sustained Contribution to the Health-system 
  • Pharmacists in Ohio (highest award given to a pharmacist in Ohio by this 
  • organization), 2007
  • OPA Beal Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Pharmacy Profession (highest 
  • professional award given to a pharmacist in Ohio), 2004
  • AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, Chicago, IL, 2013
  • Top 100 Most Influential Women, Girl Scouts of America, 2013
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, 2008
  • Girl Scouts Appreciation Pin, Appleseed Ridge Council, 2007
  • Outstanding Girl Scout Leader, Appleseed Ridge Council, 2004 and 2007
Research Interests: 
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Preventive Care
  • Assessment
Selected Publications: 


Malone PM, Kier KL, Malone M, Stanovich JE.   Drug Information:  A Guide for Pharmacists, 5th edition.   McGraw-Hill,  2014.  Nemire RE, Kier KL.  Pharmacy Student Survival Guide, 3rd edition.  McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Mason B, Parker D, Lott RS.  Capstone Pharmacy Review.  Jones & Bartlett Learning. Chapter 27:  Home Diagnostic Equipment, Supplies, and Medical Devices.  Kier KL,  2014;685-691. 


Fanous AM, Kier KL, Rush MJ, Terrell S. Impact of a 12-week, pharmacist-directed walking program in an established employee preventive care clinic.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm  2014 July;71(14):1219-1225.

Murphy BL, Rush MJ, Kier KL.  Design and implementation of a pharmacist-directed preventive care program.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm  2012;69(1):1513-1518.

DiPietro NA, Kier KL, Davlin MV.  Preparing the next generation of pharmacists to impact community health.  J Comm Health  Publication in process.

Kier KL, Goldwire M.  Drug Information Resources and Literature Retrieval.  In: Richardson M, Chant C, Chessman KH, Finks SW, Hemstreet BA, Hume AL, et al, eds. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, 7th ed., Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy.  Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2011:41-64.

DiPietro NA, Davlin MV, Kier KL.  Public Health Content in Didactic and Experiential Curricula of U.S. Doctor of Pharmacy Programs.  The International Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice  2011;7(2):1-14.

Bright DR, Rush MJ, Kroustos KR, Terrell SL, Swanson SC, Stockert AL, Kier KL, Thompson RE, Milks MM, Murphy BL, DiPietro NA. Preliminary results from a University-based disease state management program focused on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. J Am Pharm Assoc  2011;51(2):264-5. 

Shields KM, DiPietro NA, Kier KL.  Principles of drug literature evaluation for observational study designs. Pharmacotherapy   2011;31(2):115-127.

Kier KL.  Biostatistical applications in epidemiology.  Pharmacotherapy   2011:31(1):9-22.

Murphy BL, DiPietro NA, Kier KL.  Knowledge and use of folic acid among college women:  A pilot health promotion program led by pharmacy students and faculty.    Pharm Practice (Internet)  2010  Oct-Dec:8(4):220-225.