Shane Desselle, PhD, FAPHA

Professor, College of Pharmacy


I am Shane P. Desselle, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, Professor of Social and Behavioral Pharmacy at Touro University California. I received my B.S. in Pharmacy from University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) in 1990 and his PhD from ULM in 1995. I served on the faculty at Long Island University Brooklyn, as Director of Assessment at Duquesne University, Associate Dean and Chair at University of Oklahoma, and Dean at California Northstate University. I am founding Editor-in-Chief of Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy. I co-edit Pharmacy Management, Essentials for All Settings, 5th ed, one of the most widely used pharmacy texts in the world, as well as newer texts on Teaching Pharmacy Practice Skills and Contemporary Pharmacy Practice Research Methods, I won the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Sustained Contribution in Social Sciences Award in 2019 in recognition of his research, teaching, and service in pharmacy education. In 2020, I co-authored a paper earning the Wiederholt Award for best article published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. I conduct research on advancing pharmacist and technician roles for patient safety; creation of standards for pharmacist care of patients using complementary medicines, and professionalization of pharmacy technicians to advance the delegatory authority of pharmacists. I have over 120 full-text original research articles in peer-reviewed journals. I teach courses in health systems, professional communication, and pharmacy management.


  • B.S. in Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from University of Louisiana at Monroe

Honors and Awards

  • AACP Sustain Scholar Award
  • Joseph Wiederholt Prize for the "Best Paper" published in Journal of the American Pharmacists Association


Pharmacy technician professionalization Pharmacy technician and pharmacist roles Medication safety Teaching pedagogy using constructivist approaches Care for migraine patients

Teaching Responsibilities

Social and Behavioral Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management, Professional Communication