Aleda Chen

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Aleda Chen, R.Ph., Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice


As an educator and researcher, Dr. Aleda Chen focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy (including health literacy, cultural competency, patient education, and adherence) and research design and methodology. She also is interested in improving and assessing health professional student education. Her research has resulted in multiple articles, national and international presentations, funded grants, and book chapters. Dr. Chen is actively involved with the pharmacy profession, including serving on several national pharmacy organization committees and co-advisor for Cedarville’s APhA-ASP student chapter. She has worked as a community pharmacist and currently practices as a managed care pharmacist. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal.

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Education and Credentials

  • Dual-Title Ph.D. in Pharmacy Practice and Gerontology, Purdue University
  • M.S., Purdue University
  • Pharm.D., Ohio Northern University
  • Certificates: American Heart Association Basic Life-Saving for Healthcare Providers, Immunization Delivery Skills, Smoking Cessation, Medication Therapy Management
  • Licensed Pharmacist: Indiana, Ohio

Scholarly Works

  • Validation of an Empathy Scale in Pharmacy and Nursing Students (M. E. Kiersma, Aleda M.H. Chen, K. S. Yehle, et al.) American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2013)
  • Immediate and Longitudinal Effects of Incorporating Health Literacy and Cultural Competency into a Yearlong Pharmacy Curriculum (Stephanie M. Cailor and Aleda M.H. Chen) Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (2015)
  • Impact of Student vs Faculty Facilitators on Motivational Interviewing Student Outcomes. (Rebecca Widder-Prewett, Juanita A Draime, Ginger Cameron, et al.) American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2017)
  • Relationships Between Health Literacy and Heart Failure Knowledge, Self-efficacy, and Self-care Adherence (Aleda M.H. Chen, Karen S. Yehle, Nancy M. Albert, et al.) Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (2014)
  • The TEACH Trial: Tailored Education to Assist Label Comprehension and Health Literacy (Sun Lee, Manorama M Khare, Heidi R Olson, et al.) Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (2018)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Favorite places to visit: Malaysia and Singapore (where my husband’s family lives); Lakeside, Ohio
  • Hobbies: Cooking, kayaking, hiking, travel, and eating at “off the beaten path” dining establishments
  • Why Cedarville: I am honored to be a part of a University that emphasizes servant leadership along with an excellent education. I believe that Cedarville is a place where the foundation of Christianity gives the student motivation to put the patient’s best interest at the forefront, following Christ’s example of service. My husband and I believe that God has led our family here.