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Aleda Chen

Aleda Chen, PharmD, MS, PhD, FAPhA

Associate Dean, Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Since starting at Cedarville in 2011, Dr. Chen has established an active research program, involving student pharmacists in the entire research process. Her patient research focus is on the social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy, specifically motivational interviewing and health behavior change. Her current work focuses on connecting providers and patients for vaccine conversations using motivational interviewing as part of a series of externally-funded grants. She also is interested in improving and assessing health professional student education. Her research has resulted in 80-plus peer-reviewed articles, 200-plus national and international presentations, multiple funded grants, and books/book chapters.

Dr. Chen also is actively involved with the pharmacy profession, including chairing and serving on several national pharmacy organization committees and sections within APhA and AACP. For 2023-24, she will serve as Chair of the AACP Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) section and Vice Chair of the AACP Academic Affairs Committee. Notably, she has previously served as a member of the 2021-2022 AACP Competency-Based Education and AACP Council of Faculties Curricular Hoarding Taskforces. She also currently 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

Scholarly Works

  • An overview of instructional approaches and decision-making strategies to curtail curricular overload. (Aleda M. H. Chen, Stacy Brown, Karen Mark, Sarah McBane). American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2023, in press)
  • Motivational interviewing and vaccine acceptance in children: The MOTIVE study (Justin W. Cole, Aleda M. H. Chen, Kalista McGuire, Sarah Berman, Julia Gardner, Yamini Teegala). Vaccine (2022)
  • Evaluation and revision of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale (Benjamin D. Aronson, Aleda M. H. Chen, Michelle L. Blakely, Mary E. Kiersma and Emily Wicker). American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2022)
  • The impact of a provider motivational interviewing-based training on chronic pain management in a federally-qualified health center. (Aleda M. H. Chen, Julia Gardner, Elizabeth Wandling, Emily Wicker, Phyllis Grauer, Marc A. Sweeney). Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (2022)
  • Food as medicine? Exploring the impact of providing healthy foods on adherence and clinical and economic outcomes. (Aleda M. H. Chen, Juanita A. Draime, Sarah Berman, Julia Gardner, Zach Krauss, Joe Martinez). Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy (2022)

View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »

Expert Topics

Pharmacy education and patient health behavior change


  • Spending time with my family cooking, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and traveling

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.