Faculty & Staff at TUC

Shane Desselle

Shane Desselle

College: COP

Department: Social, Behavioral & Administrative Sciences

Title: Professor

Phone: (707) 638-5980

Fax: (707) 638-5959

E-Mail: sdessell@touro.edu

Office: Administration & Faculty 2, Rm. 218

Website: http://appliedpharmsolutions.com/

Shane Desselle is Professor at Touro University, California College of Pharmacy. He also is President of Applied Pharmacy Solutions. He has years of experience in pharmacy practice, in academia, research, consulting, publishing, program development, and grantsmanship. Dr. Desselle is formerly Dean and Professor at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He began is academic career at Long Island University, then became Director of Assessment & Educational Strategies at Duquesne University for 9 years. At Duquesne, Dr. Desselle was tenured and promoted to professor while earning College and University-level teaching and research awards. He then took a position as Associate Dean and Chair at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Oklahoma.  He co-edits Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Practice Settings, 5th ed, the most widely used pharmacy management text, worldwide. He authors Pharmacy Management Tip of the Week on AccessPharmacy. He is founder and editor of Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy and has served on the editorial boards of JMCP, JAPhA, and AJPE, as well as on Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy. Dr. Desselle has served on AACP’s Board of Trustees and the Boards of the Northern California chapters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Diabetes Association. He is a member of California Governor Gavin Newson’s Department of Managed Health Care’s Task Force on Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Dr. Desselle recently served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar where he helped inform the creation of a Centre for Assessment with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Pristina in Kosovo. He has a track record of oversight for successful community outreach programs and public health initiatives. He has developed mentoring programs for pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy academicians, and pharmacy technicians. He developed a career laddering mechanism for pharmacy technicians and has led task forces on pharmacy workforce at local, state, and national levels. He as adjunct appointments and/or graduate students at U. of Helsinki, U. of Tartu, U. of Wisconsin, and U. of Mississippi. Dr. Desselle is invited to lecture at myriad conferences and universities throughout the world. He has published over 100 original research articles and nearly 300 conference presentations.  Dr. Desselle recently (2019) won the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Sustained Contribution Award in social and administrative sciences recognizing his career achievements in research, scholarship, and service. He has taught courses in health care systems, health care economics, social/behavioral pharmacy, research methods, and pharmacy management. 

B.S. (Pharmacy), 1990, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Ph.D. (Pharmacy and Health Care Administration), 1995, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Health Care Systems
Pharmacy Management
Health Care Economics
Social and Behavioral Pharmacy
Research Methods and Design
Organizational citizenship behaviors
Psychological contract breaches
Leadership theory
Pharmacy labor force
Direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising
Pharmacists' roles in migraine headache
Educational pedagogy

Raising diabetes awareness among California Central Valley Latino community.” Rodriguez-Torres A (PI), Huerta A (Co-I), Desselle SP (Consultant). $10,000 request to the Donald A. Strauss Foundation funded in full, July 2013.

Provider, Patient, and Caregiver Perspectives on Establishing a Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes” (Co-I) with Hogg LD (PI), Condren ME (Co-I), and O’Neal KS. Proposal for $1,500 to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation awarded in full, October 2011.

“Community pharmacists’ behaviors regarding pediatric prescriptions,” (Co-I), with Condren ME (PI), Honey BL (Co-I). $9,687 awarded in full from OUCOP Seed Grant Program, October 2011.

“Evaluation of an educational intervention on the caring behaviors and referral activities of community pharmacists for migraineurs,” (PI), with Skomo ML, Murray KG, O’Neal KS. Request of $47,875 from Merck & Company funded in full, January 2011.

“Evaluation of Merck’s Headache School: A quasi-experimental, Phase IV examination of effectiveness,” (PI), with Weisz MA and Murray KG. Request of $47,961 from Merck & Company funded in full, January 2011.

“Comprehensive medication therapy management through telepharmacy”. (PI). Request of $350,000 from Chapman Trust awarded in full, July 2010.

“Physician and pharmacist views regarding participation in a practice-based research network and collaborative research,” with Planas LG (PI) and Fu KF. $5,000 awarded in full from OUCOP Seed Grant Program, January 2010.

Evaluation of an intervention on community pharmacists’ care of recurrent headache sufferers,” with Murray KA (PI), Skomo ML (Co-PI), and Scott MR (Co-PI).  Request of $4,350 awarded in full from OUCOP Seed Grant Program, Janaury 2009.

“Pharmacists’ perceptions of the value of technician certification.” Awarded $24,812 from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, April 2007.

“Examining the impact of managed care on small pharmaceutical companies’ marketing mix strategies.” Awarded $4,500 from UCB, Inc, November 2006.

“Consequences of pharmacy benefits design: An examination of clinical, economic, ethical, and humanistic considerations,” with Khalid M. Kamal. Awarded $22,696.33 from Novartis. October 2006.

“Content analysis of FDA warning letters to manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and biologics,” with Khalid M. Kamal. $7389.37 awarded from Novartis. October 2006.

“Evaluation of a pilot advanced mentorship program for undergraduate pharmacy students.” Co-principal investigator with Peter L. Wildfong, Wilson S. Meng, and Christopher K. Surratt. Awarded $2,879 from the Duquesne University Outcomes   Assessment Committee. May 2006.

“Development and construct validation of the pharmacist care of migraineurs scale.” Co-principal investigator with Monica R. Skomo. Awarded $9,208 from Duquesne University in the 2006 Faculty Development Fund grant competition. April 2006.

“A stochastic model of CPhT job satisfaction.” Presidential Scholarship grant of $5,000 awarded from Duquesne University. May 2005.

“Impact of an osteoporosis screening program for the medically underserved.” Co-investigator with H. Berdine, K. Krohn, and C. O’Neil (PI).Request for $9,720 from Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals granted in full. April 2004.

“Funds for the development and implementation of Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy.” Unrestricted grant of $12,000/year from Elsevier. March 2004.

“Evaluating responses to open hearings and inquiries pertaining to pharmacy technician certification.” Request for $3,413.19 from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board awarded in full. January 2004.

“Response quality of ‘Ask the Pharmacist’ services among Internet pharmacies.” Request for $17,907.12 from AstraZeneca awarded in full. January 2004.

“Patient influence on treatment alternatives in institutional settings: the case of antibiotic therapy.” Request for $12,000 submitted to Pfizer, Inc. awarded in full, December 2003.

“Quality of work life among certified pharmacy technicians.” Request for $8,115.98 submitted to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board awarded in full. October 2003

“Implementing service-learning into a human physiology course for entry-level pharmacy students.” Co-investigator with Christorpher Surratt (PI). Request of $2,000 from Center for Healthy Communities and Midwest Health Professions    Service-Learning Consortium. June 2002.

“The use of speech disfluency as an indicant of paradigm development in pharmacy’s academic subdisciplines. Co-principal investigator with Erin R. Holmes. Request of $3,500 from Pfizer, Inc. awarded in full. May 2002. 

“DTCA as a means of improving patient outcomes and increasing pharmaceutical manufacturer net value.” Request of $14,000 award in full by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. March 2001.

“Community pharmacy technician job satisfaction and perceived support from their pharmacist supervisors.” Contract from Pharmacy Technician Certification Board rewarded.  Request of $3,200 awarded in full. June 2000. 

“Assessing consumer satisfaction and knowledge of their prescription drug coverage with the use of interval-level scaling.” Request of $15,000 awarded in full by Astra Pharmaceuticals. May 1999.

Unrestricted educational grant to assist in the implementation of a new Masters Degree program in Pharmacy Administration at Duquesne University.  Request of $10,000 awarded in full by Pfizer, Incorporated. August 1999.

“Correlates of technician performance on the board certification exam. $3,000 from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, June 1999.


Selected Recent Publications

Desselle SP, Hohmeier K, Kerestzes J. Technicians. In: Zgarrick DP, Desselle SP, Moczygemba L, Alston GA. Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Settings, 5th ed. 2019.

Desselle SP, Moczygemba LR, Coe AB, Hess K, Zgarrick DP. Applying contemporary management principles to implementing and evaluating value-added services. Pharmacy. In press.

Ung C, Harnett J, Desselle SP. Improving pharmacist’s care about the use of natural products in the US: Barriers and enablers. Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In press.

Hohmeier KC, Garst A, Adkins L, Yu X, Desselle S, Cost M. The Optimizing Care Model: A novel approach to patient care delivery by leveraging the technician workforce through technicians product verification. Journal of the American       Pharmacists Association. In press. 

Desselle SP, Chen AM, Amin M, Aslani P, Dawoud D, Miller MJ, Norgaard L. Generosity, collegiality, and scientific accuracy when writing and reviewing original research. Res Social Adm Pharm. In press.                          

Desselle SP, Shane PA, Berhane H, Samuel Y, Tran T. An examination of the utility of written prescription drug information through the lived experiences of practitioners. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. In Press.  

Ung C, Harnett J, Desselle SP. Pharmacist’s practice related to the use of natural products in the US – What is happening now? American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacists. In press.

Kiiski A, Pohjanoska-Mantyla M, Desselle SP, Airiksinen M. Medication safety issues around the informal caregiver of patients. BMC Geriatrics. In press.

Le J, Montzourani E, Desselle SP, Lonie JM, Lucas C. Utilization of reflective practices in health care clinical environments and implications for pharmacy practice. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. In press.

Hohmeier K, Desselle SP. Exploring the implementation of a novel optimizing care model in the community pharmacy setting. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. In press.

Sultani M, Pournezhad S, Desselle SP, Alsharif B, Saied M, Roh R. Recognizing emerging roles: Effective delegation to and supervision of pharmacy technicians for a more efficient and effective pharmacy organization. Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. In press.  

Moya A, Unni E, Montouro J, Desselle SP. Identifying pharmacy technicians most equipped to engage in advanced clinical support tasks in community pharmacies. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. In press.

Bobrova V, Honkanen O, Heinamaki J, Desselle S, Airiksinen M, Volmer D. Is multi-dose dispensing associated with more appropriate use of medications by older people? Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.11.007.

Malewski D, Kali-Rai R, Desselle SP, Yoshizuka K, Shane PA. Medication error reduction in an era of computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and clinical decision support systems (CDSSs): The need for organization-wide and systemic approaches. California Journal of Health Systems Pharmacists. In press.


Adams AJ, Desselle SP, Austin Z, Fenn T. Pharmacy technicians are people, too! Let’s consider their personal outcomes along with other pharmacy outcomes. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. [E-pub ahead of print].


Adams AJ, Desselle SP, McKiernan. Pharmacy technician-administered vaccines: On perceptions and practice reality. Pharmacy. 2018; doi: 10.3390/pharmacy6040124.

Desselle SP, Adams AJ, Hohmeier K, McKiernan KC. Hoh R. Evolutions in pharmacy practice evoke welcome change and further contemplation of pharmacy technician roles and supervision. Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. 2018;65:211-214.

Desselle SP, Shane PA. Laptop versus longhand notetaking in a professional doctorate course: An examination of student performance, attitudes, and behaviors. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy. 2018;9(3): https:doi.org.10.249.26/iip.v9i3.1392.

Desselle SP, Hoh R, Rossing C, Holmes ER, Gill A, Zamora L. The caring behaviors of Danish pharmaconomists: Insight for pharmacy technician practice around the world. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2018. [E-pub ahead]. of print] https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12478

Desselle SP, Hoh R, Rossing C, Holmes ER, Gill A, Zamora L. Work preferences and general abilities among U.S. pharmacy technicians and Danish pharmaconomists. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. [E-pub ahead of print].

Desselle SP, Amin M, Aslani P, Chen AM, Dawoud D, Miller MJ. Stig Norgaard L. Moving the needle forward: What does RSAP look for and what does it aim to do. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.10.026.


Desselle SP, Shane PA. Native English speakers and English as a foreign language (EFL) students’ performance and notetaking in a Doctor of pharmacy health systems course. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.09.023.

Desselle SP, Lessenger JE, Sultani M, Alsharif B, Pournezhad S. Change champions required to promote use of an advanced EMR in a mobile community health clinic. Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. 2018;65:42-45.

Desselle SP, Andrews B, Lui J, Raja GL. Perceptions of organizational culture and organizational citizenship in academic pharmacy. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2018;10:403-412.

Rosenthal MM, Desselle SP, Holmes ER. How a more detailed understanding of culture is needed before successful educational change can be made. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2017;9:741-745.

Desselle SP, Andrews B, Julia J, Raja GL, The scholarly productivity and work environments of academic pharmacists. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2018;14:727-735.

Desselle SP, Hoh R, Holmes ER, Gill A, Zamora A. Pharmacy technician self-rfficacies: Insight to aid future education, staff development, and workforce [lanning. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2018;14:581-588.

Brown A, Desselle SP. Pharmacy workforce support cadres: More work to be done in advancing patient care and promoting patient safety. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2017;13:269-270.

Desselle SP, Rosenthal MM, Holmes ER. Components of a measure to determine organizational culture in academic pharmacy. American Journal of        Pharmaceutical Education. 2017;81: Article 6022.

Desselle SP, Holmes HR. 2015 National Survey of pharmacy technicians. American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy. 2017;74:281-291.

Desselle SP. The use of Twitter to facilitate engagement and reflection in a constructivist learning environment. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2017;9:185-194. 

Applied Pharmacy Solutions (President)
Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (Editor-in-Chief)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Past Board Member, Northern California Chapter)
American Diabetes Association (Past Board Member, Northern California Chapter)
American Association of College of Pharmacy (Past Board Member, Past President of SAS Section, Past President Council of Sections)
University of Louisiana Monroe Foundation (Board Member)
American Pharmacists Association
California Pharmacists Association
California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
American Public Health Association
Allegheny County Pharmacists Association (Past President)


Fulbright Specialist Scholar (University of Pristina, Kosovo)
AACP Sustained Contribution Award in social and administrative sciences
Editorial Board, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Editorial Board, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Editorial Board, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Editorial Advisory Board, Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy
Various university and college-level research and teaching awards

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (Dean and Professor)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy (Associate Dean for Tulsa Programs)
Duquesne University (Dean and Director, Office of Assessment & Educational Strategies)
Long Island University Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Asst. Professor)
Last Updated: 11/29/21