- New study in collaboration with UW School of Pharmacy uses game-based learning to teach opioid safety – UW Department of Emergency Medicine
- School of Pharmacy Researchers Receive 3 Baldwin Grants to Improve Wisconsinites’ Health – UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
- Want to Teach Teens About Opioid Safety? Try Gamification. – Drug Topics News
- Gaming for Cancer Prevention – UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
- CRoME team member Maggie Hoernke showcases Path of Distinction in Research – UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
- A game-based approach to engage teens on medication safety – UWPRC Small Grant Projects
- How to Better Address the Well-Being of First-Year Pharm.D. Students: An Interview with Dr. Olufunmilola Abraham – Population Health Learning Network
- Dr. Abraham has been nominated and selected to join the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Publication Committee.
- Centering Teens in Cancer Education – UW Health News
- Breaking the Opioid Cycle: Part 3 – SoP News
- “MedSMART: Adventures in PharmaCity” – Game-based Learning to Teach Safe Medication Handling – ATTC Network
- Abraham Improves Opioid Education with Teenage Perspectives – SoP News
- Olufunmilola Abraham Named 2019 Morgridge Fellow – SoP News
- Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute Focuses on Increasing Researchers of Color Doing Health Equity Research – Madison 365
- Olufunmilola Abraham Wins Grant to Study What Wisconsin Youth Know About Cancer and Cancer Prevention – SoP News
- Olufunmilola Abraham Wins Grant to Develop New Course For SAS PhD Program – SoP News
- Empowering Young Adults to Self-Manage Cystic Fibrosis – SoP News
- Pharmacy’s Olufunmilola Abraham Joins the Holtz Center – UW Science & Technology Studies New
- “Adolescent and parent priorities for vaping and e-cigarette education: a dyadic study” has been accepted as a poster for presentation at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 2023 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
- PhD Student Jenny Li presents “Examining perspectives of parent-adolescent dyads on adolescent e-cigarette use” at the 2022 Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference hosted by University of Illinois Chicago.
- Farewell to CRoME Team Research Specialist, Claire Rosenberger! Claire joined the lab in Fall 2020 and has played a vital role in many of our projects, particularly MEDSMA℞T Families. Thank you for all your hard work, Claire!
- Welcome to our new student team members, Tatiana Zech (undergraduate student) and McKennah Matulle (Pharm.D. student, Class of 2025)! Tatiana and McKennah both joined the lab in June 2022.
- Dr. Abraham has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations Dr. Abraham!
- Dr. Abraham’s proposal titled “Disseminating and Implementing MedSMA℞T Families in the Emergency Department: an Evidence-based Approach for Improving Opioid Safety Among Adolescents and Parents” has been selected for funding via the 2022 ICTR Dissemination/Implementation (D&I) Research pilot award program, co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) and the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).
- Dr. Abraham was awarded funding for her project “Engaging Community Pharmacists in the Design and Implementation of a Vaping Prevention Intervention for Adolescents and Parents” by the Community Pharmacy Foundation. This research project is designed to understand how community pharmacists can play a role in decreasing adolescent e-cigarette use through improved communication with adolescents and their families.
- Dr. Abraham presents on OutSMA℞T Cancer: A Youth Informed Cancer Prevention Game. Serious Play Conference, Orlando, FL, June 15, 2022. The Serious Play Conference is a leadership conference for professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience and working together to shape the future of training and education.
- Dr. Abraham presents at Association for Clinical and Translational Science’s 2022 Translational Science Meeting on April 20-22, 2022 in Chicago, IL.
- CRoME Team member Jenny Li participates in the PATCH Symposium on April 20, 2021 in Madison, WI. Jenny talked to adolescents at the event about teen vaping and the role of a pharmacist as a resource for education on this topic, all relating to her graduate school research investigating the role of parents and pharmacists in reducing adolescent e-cigarette use. Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) is a CRoME Team community collaborator focused on engaging youth and healthcare professionals to improve care provided to adolescent patients.
- Farewell to long-time CRoME Team Research Specialist, Lisa Szela! Lisa joined the CRoME Team in May 2019 and has made instrumental contributions to our research and developing students research skills within our lab. She will be dearly missed and her impact on the team will live on many years. Thank you for all your hard work, Lisa!
- Pharm.D. student Maryann Egbujor presents poster titled, “Exploring Youth Perceptions About Cancer Prevention and Preferences for Education: a Qualitative Study” at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Educational Conference from April 5-6, 2022. Congratulations, Maryann!
- Welcome to our new student team members, Victoria Chowaniak (undergraduate student) and Kourtney Peterson (Pharm.D. student, Class of 2024)! Victoria joined the lab in March 2022 and Kourtney joined in April 2022.
- Drs. Li and Abraham have been awarded the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Seed Award for their grant proposal entitled “Partnering with Youth, Parents, and Community Pharmacists to Curb Adolescent E-cigarette Use.” The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters development of new and innovative projects focused on community engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. Learn more: Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Seed Grant
- Dr. Abraham presents on Engaging Youth, Parents, and Healthcare Providers in the Design of Serious Games for Health. Translational Science 2022 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 20, 2022.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Improving Parent-Teen Medication and Health Communication Using Game-based Interventions at the 2022 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 4-6, 2022, Embracing Health Literacy in the New Normal: Digital Communications, Telehealth, Health Insurance, and Health Equity. This presentation session will be a part of the conference’s Digital Health Literacy track.
- Dr. Jenny Li, a MS/PhD student in the CRoME Lab, was selected to give a podium presentation on Evaluating Adolescents’ Opioid Education, Knowledge, and the Gaps that Remain: A National Sample at the American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA) 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition, March 18-21, 2022, San Antonio, TX.
- Claire Rosenberger, a research specialist in the CRoME Lab, presents on Youth Opioid Safety Knowledge and Perceived Impact of an Educational Game: A Nationally Representative Sample. American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA) 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition from March 18-21, 2022, San Antonio, TX.
- Dr. Abraham facilitates a roundtable at the upcoming Conference on Conferences, hosted by the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students (WSPS), on Friday, February 4, 2022 on the UW-Madison campus. This event is focused on preparing student pharmacists to make the most of their experiences while attending and networking at state and national pharmacy meetings.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Career Path and Research Agenda. Health Services Research in Pharmacy Graduate Program Colloquium, UW-Madison, School of Pharmacy, Madison, WI, December 2021.
- Congratulations to CRoME Team member Grace Nixon whose research poster for a project she completed with the Madison VA, “Implementation and Evaluation of a Pharmacy Intern-Led Initiative to Facilitate Transition to DOAC in Patients with a Low TTR on Warfarin,” was accepted for presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2021.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Collaborative Research on Medication Use and Family Health: Opportunities for Pharmacists and Students. Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Professional Affairs Breakfast Talks, UW-Madison, School of Pharmacy, Madison, WI, November 19, 2021.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Engaging Youth and Parents in Development of MedSMA℞T Families Intervention: A Tool for Promoting Medication Safety in Homes. UW Prevention Research Center Annual Meeting, Madison WI; November 2, 2021.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Adolescents’ Perceptions about Cancer and Preferences for Cancer Prevention Education in Schools. International Cancer Education Conference (virtual); October 2021.
- Congratulations to CRoME Team members on 5 new publications!
- Abraham, O, Szela, L, Brasel, K, Hoernke, M. Engaging youth in the design of prescription opioid safety education for schools. J Am Pharm Assoc. Accepted for publication October 14, 2021.
- Abraham, O, Szela, L, Khan, M, Geddam, A. Exploring middle school students’ perspectives on utilizing serious games for cancer prevention education: a focus group study. JMIR Serious Games. Epub ahead of print. October 12, 2021. doi: 10.2196/31172
- Abraham, O, Rosenberger, C, Birstler, J, Tierney, K. Examining adolescents’ opioid knowledge and likelihood to utilize an educational game to promote medication safety. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021. Available online September 20, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.09.005
- Abraham, O, Rosenberger, C, LeMay, S, Bittner, S. Adolescents’ perceptions about cancer and preferences for cancer education. Cancer Control. 2021;28:1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/10732748211036057
- Abraham, O, Szela, L, Feng, E, Egbujor, M, Gay, S. Exploring youth perceptions about cancer prevention and preferences for education: a qualitative study. J Cancer Educ. 2021. Available online August 13, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-021-02077-0
- Dr. Abraham presents on the career panel for the Summer Research Scholars Program hosted annually by the the Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT), Department of Pediatrics, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Heath, June 28, 2021.
- Dr. Abraham presents on “Engaging community voices in digital health design” panel on June 22, 2021 hosted by the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health (CDH) 2021 Center for Digital Health Virtual Conference: Leveraging Digital Health for the Post-Pandemic World. During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems, businesses, and governments across the world launched novel digital health tools to help keep people safe from COVID-19. But we also saw many metrics of our country’s behavioral health–ranging from mental illness to violence to opioid overdoses–worsen. Panels and breakout sessions at this conference will explore some of the most promising innovations in these areas; discuss innovative digital measurements; and dive deeply into questions of how clinicians, patients, communities, and technologists can collaboratively co-design products that enhance and expand prevention and treatment options.
- Best wishes to our PharmD students who are off to their fourth-year APPE pharmacy rotations: Sommer Gay, Mahnoor Khan, Sarah LeMay, Sarah Bittner, and Kelsey Brasel. We thank you for your contributions to CRoME Team over the years and will miss you all!
- Farewell to Pharm.D. student Megan Buechel who left the CRoME Team in March 2021. Megan has been a wonderful team member over the past few years. We wish her the best in her studies and future career!
- CRoME team member Maggie Hoernke presents poster, “Adolescents’ Awareness about Prescription Opioid Misuse and Preferences for Educational Interventions,” at the virtual American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA) 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition from March 12-15, 2021. This abstract was selected for the Research’s Top 12: Poster Session Forum, where Maggie will present on March 14. Congratulations, Maggie!
- CRoME team members Sommer Gay and Megan Buechel present poster, “Utilizing a Work System Framework to Characterize Pharmacists’ Role in Cystic Fibrosis Management: Perspectives of a Multidisciplinary Care Team,” at the virtual American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA) 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition from March 12-15, 2021. The APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition brings together pharmacists, student pharmacists, and other pharmacy professionals from across the United States to discuss important professional topics and advocate for the pharmacy profession. Congratulations, Sommer and Megan!
- Farewell to research specialist Laura Stephenson who left the CRoME Team on January 8 to pursue a new position as instructor with UW-Madison Cross-College Advising Services. Thank you for your contributions to the team and best wishes!
- Welcome to our new research specialist, Victoria Obatusin, who joined the CRoME Team on January 5.
- Welcome to our new research specialist, Claire Rosenberger, who joined the CRoME Team on December 1.
- Dr. Abraham presents at Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering (WIHSE) webinar, Design serious games to promote opioid medication safety among adolescents, on November 5, 2020. In the presentation, Dr. Abraham discusses the conceptualization, design, development, and practical applications of MedSMART: Adventures in PharmaCity to educate adolescents about opioid medication safety.
- Congratulations to Dr. Abraham on receipt of the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center Small Grant Award. This grant is intended to support small-scale and innovative research projects that promote maternal and child health and health equity, especially those that will provide preliminary data leading to larger research efforts. The funded grant proposal falls under the core research areas of the UWPRC, which include population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families. Dr. Abraham’s research team will assess the feasibility of utilizing a game-based participatory approach to preventing prescription opioid misuse and promoting medication safety among diverse families. The long term goal of this project is to develop a MEDSMA℞T Family Toolkit that provides a clear framework and engaging approach for facilitating parent-teen communication about medication safety in homes. This pilot study will generate preliminary data for future development of a Medication Safety and Adolescent Communication Toolkit (MEDSMA℞T Families). This toolkit would help practitioners, parents, and school health professionals understand and implement effective communication strategies with adolescents to curb opioid misuse and prevent more serious behaviors such as opioid addiction. Learn more about the UW Prevention Research Center.
- Dr. Abraham presents as part of the Faculty and PharmD Student Panel for the Fall Open House for Prospective Undergraduate Students, UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, Madison, WI, November 14, 2020. Learn more about the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy Open House.
- Welcome to our new team member, Evan Slonac, who joined the CRoME Team on September 2020. Evan is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison with plans to pursue a career as a pharmacist.
- Dr. Abraham presents as part the research partnership panel for the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) Colloquium, hosted by the Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT), UW-Madison, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, September 17, 2020. The research panel will discuss novel approaches for funding technology-related research. Learn more about the TAM Colloquium.
- Welcome to our new team member, Kathleen Tierney, who joined the CRoME Team on September 3, 2020. Kathleen is currently a second-year student pharmacist at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy.
- Welcome to our new member, Julia Mogilevskiy, who joined the CRoME Team on August 26, 2020. This fall, Julia begins her second year as a student pharmacist at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy.
- CRoME Team members Sarah LeMay and Grace Nixon present poster on “Characterizing medication management and the role of pharmacists in caring for patients with cystic fibrosis: A work system approach” at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) 2020 Annual Meeting on August 28. The PSW Annual Meeting hosts pharmacy professionals, students, and technicians from throughout Wisconsin to inform and educate on the advancement of pharmacy practice in the state. Congratulations, Sarah and Grace!
- Dr. Abraham presents at the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy Seminar on Racial Inequities in Health, Healthcare and Research, “the demon called racism” on August 18 organized by the Pharmacy Global Health Interest Group (PGHIG).
- Dr. Abraham presents on the career panel for the Summer Research Scholars Program hosted annually by the the Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT), Department of Pediatrics, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Heath, July 20.
- Welcome to our new member, Ugboaku Maryann Egbujor, who joined the CRoME Team on June 29. She recently completed her first year as a student pharmacist at UW-Madison. She earned two Associate Degrees in Science and Arts from Prairie State College Illinois in May 2019, where she spent two years taking pre-pharmacy coursework.
- Congratulations to Dr. Tanvee Thakur who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and started a new job as a Health Outcomes Scientist at RTI-Health Solutions We are so proud of your accomplishments! Your UW HSRP/SoP Family will greatly miss you!
- Congratulations to CRoME Team Members (Kelsey Brasel, Mahnoor Khan, and Grace Nixon) for receiving Summer Research Funding from the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies!
- Welcome to our new member, Amrita Geddam, who joined the CRoME Team May 19. Amrita is a first-year student pharmacist and a UW alum. Amrita received a B.S. degree in Microbiology and a Certificate in Religious Studies from UW-Madison.
- Check out our latest publication entitled “Developing a Theory-Driven Serious Game to Promote Prescription Opioid Safety Among Adolescents: Mixed Methods Study”.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Harnessing the Power of Serious Games to Improve Medication Use at the at the Serious Play Conference, June 25. The Serious Play Conference is a leadership conference for professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience and working together to shape the future of training and education. The theme for the 2020 Serious Play Conference is Evaluation, Assessment, and ROI. Learn more about the Serious Play Conference.
- Check out our latest publication entitled “Investigating Serious Games That Incorporate Medication Use for Patients: Systematic Literature Review”.
- Dr. Abraham presents at the UW Health Addiction Grand Rounds sharing insights on MEDSMA℞T: Adventures in PharmaCity, a serious game designed to promote prescription opioid safety among youth, May 6.
- Dr. Abraham presents on Youth Perceptions of Opioid Safety, Knowledge Gaps, and Preferences for Education in High Schools during the April Session for the Project ECHO – ACCEPT (Addiction & Co-morbid Conditions: Enhancing Prevention & Therapeutics) Series. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a statewide educational, teleECHO initiative that connects clinical experts with primary care providers and medication assisted treatment prescribers across Wisconsin in an effort to reduce substance-related complications. Via a regularly scheduled videoconference, a multidisciplinary panel of specialists provide education and lead a collaborative discussion on submitted patient cases. Learn more about the UW Project ECHO – ACCEPT Series.
- Welcome to our new member, Emilie Feng, who joined the CRoME Team March 30. Emilie is a first-year student pharmacist. Emilie has a Master in Public Heath from the University of Pittsburgh.
- Dr. Abraham presented at the M+DEV, Midwest Game Developers Conference on February 14, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center. M+DEV is a video game development conference for professional game developers and those seeking to become professional game developers. This conference provides a gathering place for game developers in the state, the region and beyond to discuss and share the latest information on the science, art, mechanics and business of making games.
- Welcome to the new individuals who joined the CRoME Team! Dr. Laura Stephenson, Erin Bailey, and Mahnoor Khan.
- Check out our latest publication entitled “Investigating serious games that incorporate medication use for patients: a systematic literature review”. JMIR Serious Games (forthcoming). doi:10.2196/16096.
- Dr. Abraham presented as part of a panel at 2019 Annual Symposium for the National Science Policy Network November 2, Madison, WI. The theme of our event will be Leveraging Science and Technology to Benefit Marginalized Populations.