2014 UW Honorary Citation Report – Svarstad

Citation recipient Bonnie Svarstad with Dean Steve Swanson

Citation recipient Bonnie Svarstad (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Pharmacy educator Bonnie Svarstad is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.  She received the BA degree in sociology from Augustana College and earned an MS in 1968 and a PhD in 1974 in sociology. Both degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Svarstad joined the UW School of Pharmacy faculty in 1975 serving in various roles during her tenure: professor of Pharmacy and Sociology, Associate Dean, teacher of pharmacy communications, and graduate advisor of MS and PhD students in Social Pharmacy. Dr. Svarstad’s career has focused on the scientific study of professional-patient communication and patient adherence to drug regimens. In 2004, she and her colleagues received a 5-year NIH grant to conduct a rigorous, cluster randomized trial called the Team Education and Adherence Monitoring (TEAM) study. She has published over 70 articles and won numerous awards, including the APhA-APRS Wiederholt Prize (2006, 2014), the Pinnacle Award (2004), and the APhA Foundation’s Achievement Award in Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences (1988).  Since 2004, Svarstad has been recognized as a Fellow in the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.