Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Teresita J. Lawson, BSPharm, RPh, CDE joined the FDU School of Pharmacy in January 2016 as an adjunct professor where she engaged in teaching Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional. In July 2016 she was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Professor Lawson has a long history of dedication to advocating for the expansion of the pharmacist role in patient care and provider status. She comes to FDU with an extensive background in ambulatory care pharmacy practice and patient centered care. In her former role she focused on designing, implementing, and developing a patient-centered approach, which integrated pharmacist expertise into the interdisciplinary clinical team in her ambulatory care practice.
Her patient-centered approach for the clinical pharmacy program included direct patient care, education, life-style modifications, adherence monitoring, identification of medication related problems/adverse events, and provider/clinical team collaboration and education. Her role as Lead Clinical Pharmacist also included implementation and development of a fluent and dynamic continuous quality improvement program focused on a team based approach, improving patient-centered care, patient outcomes and expansion of the clinical pharmacy services program. The successes of her clinical pharmacy program earned her the Quality Leadership Award in 2014 for her contributions to the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy HRSA collaborative for the care of patients with difficult to control diabetes and other chronic conditions and earned her organization participation in Project IMPACT-Diabetes, a national effort sponsored by the APhA Foundation and funded by Bristol Meyers Squibb. The program was also recognized with several awards for innovations in patient care and patient-centered care from NJAFP and BD. Her dedication to patient centered care also prompted her organization to designate her as the organization’s Patient Centered Medical Home Project Coordinator in charge of spearheading NCQA recognition. Her efforts earned the organization the highest level of recognition for all of their facilities.
Her dedication and passion for mentoring fostered her deep felt belief in the importance of involving students to promote pharmacist accessibility to patients, advancement of the profession and implementation of innovative approaches. Her collaboration with FDU School of Pharmacy proudly led her organization to become a faculty site for FDU School of Pharmacy.
Professor Lawson is very excited to be a part of the School of Pharmacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is passionate about teaching and mentoring pharmacy students in the area of ambulatory care pharmacy practice.
Certified Diabetes Educator
Diabetes and associated co-morbidities and chronic conditions
Pharmacist integration into the clinical team
Interdisciplinary approach to patient care
Patient Centered Care
American Diabetes Association
American Pharmacists Association