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

Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Specializing in Patient Behavior Change, Pharmacy Education, and Health Information




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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 and book chapters, national and international presentations, and funded grants. 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 a consultant pharmacist since 2006.

Industry Expertise

  • Education/Learning
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health and Wellness
  • Medical Devices
  • Health Care - Providers
  • Health Care - Services

Areas of Expertise

Patient Behavior ChangePharmacy EducationPatient Ability to Understand Health Information


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year | professional

Issued by Cedarville University



Purdue University

Ph.D. (Dual-Title), Pharmacy Practice and Gerontology


Ohio Northern University

Pharm.D., Pharmacy


Purdue University

M. Sc., Pharmacy Practice



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Media Appearances

CU student interning at Mayo

Xenia Gazette  


Dr. Aleda Chen, assistant dean and assistant professor of pharmacy practice said Rudy’s internship continues to demonstrate how diligent students are in the school of pharmacy. “As our faculty engages students in all aspects, it’s encouraging to see how prepared students are for advanced positions,” Chen said...

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Cedarville student publishes research study

Xenia Gazette  


The study was conducted by Stephanie Cailor, third-year professional pharmacy student, and Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant dean and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. The results of the study showed significant improvements in the students’ understanding of and confidence in the usefulness of research. However, there was no significant change in the students’ plans to perform or participate in future research.

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Relationships between health literacy and heart failure knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-care adherence | Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy


It has been argued that only 12% of adults have the necessary health literacy to manage their health care effectively, which can lead to difficulties in self-care activities, such as medication adherence. Prior research suggests that health literacy may influence knowledge, self-efficacy and self-care, but this has not been fully examined.

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Validation of an empathy scale in pharmacy and nursing students | American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education


Objective. To validate an empathy scale to measure empathy in pharmacy and nursing students.

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Health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure | The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing


Today’s complex health care system relies heavily on sophisticated self-care regimens. To navigate the system and follow self-care protocols, patients must be able to understand and use health information, which requires health literacy. However, nearly 90 million Americans lack the necessary health literacy skills to adequately care for themselves in the face of a complex healthcare system and self-care regimens. Understanding how to effectively care for one’s self is thought to improve heart failure symptoms and patient outcomes, but little is actually known about how health literacy influences self-care in patients with heart failure. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the relationship between health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure.

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Potential for toxicity with use of bitter orange extract and guarana for weight loss | Annals of Pharmacotherapy


With the recent FDA ban of the weight loss herbal supplement ephedra, manufacturers of those products are switching to other ingredients, such as bitter orange extract and guarana. Four of the five top-selling weight loss products (Metabolife®, Hydroxycut®, Dexatrim Natural®, and Xenadrine EFX®) contain either bitter orange extract, guarana, or both. Are these replacements safe, or do they have the potential to cause harm?

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