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Aleda Chen

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

Associate Dean, Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Dr. Aleda Chen serves as the Assistant Dean, overseeing assessment and research within the School of Pharmacy. As an educator and researcher, Dr. Chen focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy, with a focus on motivational interviewing and health disparities/cultural humility in patient and student education. Her research has resulted in more than 40 published manuscripts, more than 100 national and international presentations, funded grants, and book chapters. Dr. Chen is actively involved with the pharmacy profession, including chairing and serving on several national pharmacy organization committees with AACP and APhA. 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: Spending time with my family, traveling, cooking
  • Why Cedarville:I am honored to be a part of a University that emphasizes servant leadership, where students are motivated to put the patient’s best interest at the forefront. Further, I desire to help drive a data-driven environment that ensures our graduates are team-ready, practice-ready pharmacists who demonstrate character and innovative problem-solving.