David Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS

Assistant Research Professor

Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. He received his MPharm (2014) from The University of Reading and later practiced community pharmacy in the United Kingdom. He received his MS (2017) and PhD (2019) in pharmaceutical economics, policy, and outcomes from the University of Arizona. Dr. Axon serves as an investigator at the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (HOPE) and as co-director of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Outcomes Research Group. Dr. Axon’s research interests include improving the economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes associated with managing chronic conditions, particularly pain and the opioid crisis, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He also supports student pharmacists and pharmacists with scholarly activities and seeks to demonstrate the value of the pharmacy profession. Dr. Axon has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles and presented his research at both national and international conferences. Dr. Axon is also a member of several professional organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Education & Post Graduate Training: 

Master of Pharmacy, The University of Reading, 2014
MS, The University of Arizona, 2017
PhD, The University of Arizona, 2019

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Axon DRhys, Bhattacharjee S, Warholak TL, Slack MK. "Xm Scores for Estimating Total Exposure to Multimodal Strategies Identified by Pharmacists for Managing Pain: Validity Testing and Clinical Relevance." Pain Res Manag. 2018;2018:2530286. PMCID: PMC6311733  PMID: 30651900
Almodovar ASilva, Axon DRhys, Coleman AM, Warholak T, Nahata MC. "The Effect of Plan Type and Comprehensive Medication Reviews on High-Risk Medication Use." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2018;24(5):416-422. PMID: 29694292
Bingham J, Axon DR, Scovis N, Taylor AM. "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Pharmacy Consultations on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Sleep in Improving Patient-Reported Psychiatric Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Illnesses." Pharmacy (Basel). 2018;7(1). PMCID: PMC6473796  PMID: 30583547
Bhattacharjee S, Yami MAl, Kurdi S, Axon DRhys. "Prevalence, patterns and predictors of depression treatment among community-dwelling older adults with stroke in the United States: a cross sectional study." BMC Psychiatry. 2018;18(1):130. PMCID: PMC5956759  PMID: 29769065
Taylor AM, Bingham J, Schussel K, et al. "Integrating Innovative Telehealth Solutions into an Interprofessional Team-Delivered Chronic Care Management Pilot Program." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2018;24(8):813-818. PMID: 30058982
Taylor AM, Axon DRhys, Campbell P, et al. "What Patients Know About Services to Help Manage Chronic Diseases and Medications: Findings from Focus Groups on Medication Therapy Management." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2018;24(9):904-910. PMID: 30156456
Axon DRhys, Campbell P, Warholak T. "Student pharmacists’ experiences of teamwork in a quality improvement course." Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2018;11(2):139-144.


Axon DR, Vanova J, Edel C, Slack M. "Dietary Supplement Use, Knowledge, and Perceptions Among Student Pharmacists." Am J Pharm Educ. 2017;81(5):92. PMCID: PMC5508091  PMID: 28720920