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Olayinka O. Shiyanbola, PhD, BPharm

Associate Professor, Social and Administrative Sciences Division
Director of Graduate Studies, Health Services Research in Pharmacy
Associate Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity
Director, Success Together Reaching Independence, Diversity, and Empowerment (STRIDE)
PhD 2009 Pharm Socioeconomics - University of Iowa
BPharm 2002 Pharmacy - University of Ibaden, Nigeria

Dr. Shiyanbola is Associate Professor and Director of Health Services Research in Pharmacy Graduate Program in the Division of Social and Administrative Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy. Her research program advances the use of patient-centered interdisciplinary approaches to improve diabetes and related chronic disease outcomes, medication use and adherence, health literacy and health equity.

She has over 14 years of experience in developing and implementing tailored medication use interventions for marginalized populations. Currently, her research is focused on designing and implementing behavioral clinical trials and interventions that incorporate psychosocial and sociocultural factors towards improving medication adherence, diabetes self-management, and health equity. She also develops measurement tools that advance equity for marginalized groups. Dr. Shiyanbola uses sociobehavioral and health psychology theories and concepts in her research and employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches in her work.

She was a NIMHD Research Institute Scholar, NHLBI/OBSSR Randomized Behavioral Trials Fellow, NIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program Scholar, and Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Fellow. Dr. Shiyanbola currently serves as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Her work has received numerous awards and recognition at national and international scientific conferences, and she has published in academic journals including PLOS One; BMJ Open; Current Medical Research and Opinion; and Patient Education and Counseling. She is the author of over 75  publications and over 200 scientific presentations including invited talks, symposiums, and seminars.

She has been funded by the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH/KL2 Career Development Award, Community Pharmacy Foundation, MERCK Sharp & Dohme, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Fund, UW Center for Demography of Aging and Health, Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. She serves on the editorial board for Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.