Mary Brown is a research associate with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She joined the college in 2010 after serving seven years as education core director for the Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (AzCERT), a national center funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to her work in Arizona, she spent more than 20 years in public service with the state of California, working in the areas of policy and planning, program development and evaluation, and research.
Dr. Brown holds a PhD in communication with a minor in public health from the University of Arizona. She has lectured in Communication for more than 15 years, teaching university courses in health communication, conflict management, organizational and interpersonal communication, small group interaction, and other subjects. Her special interest is communication in health settings, including cross-professional, provider-patient and patient-family communication. She has coauthored two college texts and continues to publish observational and qualitative research on communication and the safe use of medications. In 2009 Dr. Brown was appointed to serve on the FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee, which reviews and evaluates strategies designed to communicate with the public about the risks and benefits of FDA-regulated products.
Dr. Brown has worked extensively with interdisciplinary teams on health-related educational projects. She has wide-ranging experience designing, implementing and evaluating educational interventions aimed at promoting behavior change in health care providers and patients. Along with her research team, her current projects include educating institutional drug policy decision makers about comparative effectiveness research and research methods, and organizing a conference series on improving drug-drug interaction clinical decision support.