Anthony Olson, PharmD

Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Administrative Pharmacy,

Anthony Olson

Contact Info

Mobile Phone 952-215-1874

Lab Phone 952-215-1874

Office Address:
130 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota – College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmaceutical Sciences
232 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Administrative Pharmacy

PharmD, University of Minnesota, Duluth MN, 2015

MEd, George Mason University, Fairfax VA, 2009

BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, 2007


Anthony W. Olson is pursuing a PhD in Social & Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota – College of Pharmacy, where he also earned a PharmD in 2015. His long-term research interests are related to an improved understanding, development, and evaluation of pharmacist-delivered patient-centered care within health systems and policy. Dr. Olson currently serves as the Post Graduate Officer in the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science as well as the Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.


I study the theoretical conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of patient-centeredness as it relates to the real-world practice of pharmacist patient care. The work is grounded in patient-centered care principles; health behavior theories; decision-making theories; and cognitive, social, and behavioral psychology. Areas of research specialization include: (1) evaluation of patient preferences and experiences of care encounters with pharmacists (2) patients' processing of medication information and resultant decision-making, (3) health services program evaluation, (4) health systems improvement, and (5) legislative, policy, and workforce effects on the delivery of pharmacist services. Findings from these areas of research contribute to: (1) improved quality of patient-centered care by pharmacists, (2) the development and delivery of pharmacist services, (3) an understanding of patients' knowledge, use, and evaluation of pharmacist services, (4) decision-making about pharmacist services for improving patient care outcomes and containing health care costs.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Distinguished Young Pharmacist – Minnesota Pharmacists Association, Sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies
The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award recognizes one pharmacist from each of the 50 states, who have received their PharmD sometime in the last 10 years, who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of pharmacy.

2017: Albert I. Wertheimer Leadership Fellowship in SAPh – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
Awarded annually to a graduate student that has demonstrated a desire to pursue a leadership role in pharmacy.

2016: SAPh First Year Fellowship Award – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
Awarded by graduate faculty that teach in the first year of the Social & Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D. program to the top first year graduate student for academic performance, scholarly activity, and engagement.

2016: Practice-Based Research Methods Fellowship, Funding provided by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) – Centers of Excellence in Practice-Based Research Learning
A 10-month program funded by an AHRQ grant (P30HS021648-01) which provided training in concepts, skills, and methods for conducting practice-based research and building practice-based research networks. Fellows also presented concept papers and specific aims at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Practice-Based Research Network Conference in June of 2017.

2015: Commencement Speaker, Class of 2015 – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (Duluth)

2015: Lilly Achievement Award – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
For a graduating student who exemplifies scholastic & professional achievement, leadership ability, & ethical conduct.

2014: Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award – United States Public Health Service
Awarded by U.S. Deputy Surgeon General to student pharmacists demonstrating a commitment to public health. 

Professional Associations

American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA)       


Research Summary/Interests

Patient Centricity, Pharmacist-delivered Patient-centered Care, Pharmacist Services, Pharmacist Workforce


  • Knapp KK, Olson AW, Schommer JC, Gaither CA, Mott DA, & Doucette WR. (May 2019). Retail Clinics Co-Located with Pharmacies: A Delphi Study of Pharmacist Impacts and Recommendations for Optimization. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, In press. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2019.04.014. Retrieved from
  • Schommer JC, Olson AW, Isetts BJ. (May 2019). Transforming Community-based Pharmacy Practice through Financially Sustainable Centers for Health and Personal Care. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 59(3), 306-309. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2018.10.009. Retrieved from
  • Olson AW, Schommer JC, Hadsall RS. (Jun 2018). A 15 Year Ecological Comparison for the Market Dynamics of Minnesota Community Pharmacies from 2002 to 2017. Pharmacy, 6(2), 50. Retrieved from
  • Olson AW, Isetts BJ, Kondic AM, & Schommer JC. (Jul 2017). Comparing the research contributions of Community Pharmacy Foundation funding on practice innovation between non-academics and academics. Innovations in Pharmacy, 8(3). Retrieved from
  • Schommer JC, Tieger PD, Olson AW, & Brown LM. (May 2017). Modifiable Health-Risk Factors and Personality Type. Innovations in Pharmacy, 8(2). Retrieved from
  • Isetts BJ, Olson AW, Kondic AM, & Schommer JC. (Jan 2017). An evaluation of the distribution, scope, and impact of the Community Pharmacy Foundation grants completed by academic principal investigators between 2002 and 2015. Innovations in Pharmacy, 8(1). Retrieved from
  • Schommer JC, Tieger PD, Olson AW, & Brown LM. (Jan 2017). Applying Personality Type Theory to Develop Individualized Wellness Plans for Reducing Chronic Disease. Innovations in Pharmacy, 8(1). Retrieved from
  • Olson AW, Schommer JC, Mott DA, & Brown LB. (Oct 2016). Financial Hardship from Purchasing Medications for Senior Citizens before and after the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: Findings from 1998, 2001, and 2015. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, 22(10).
  • Gionfriddo MR & Olson AW. (Nov 2015). “Engaging Patients in Healthcare and Decision-Making: Understanding and Facilitating the Process,” in Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care. Third Edition, Nathaniel M. Rickles, Albert I Wertheimer, Jon C. Schommer, Editors, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2015.
  • Schommer JC, Tieger PD, Olson AW, Brown LM, & Tomaszewski DM. (Oct 2015). Development of the adherence predictive index for medication taking. Innovations in Pharmacy, 7 (1). Retrieved from



Course Director: Phar 6720: Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab I, core course in Pharm.D. curriculum (Spring 2020)

Course Director: Phar 6710: Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab I, core course in Pharm.D. curriculum (Fall 2019)

Course Instructor: Phar 4200: Drugs and the United States Healthcare System, undergraduate and graduate level elective online course (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)

Teaching Assistant: Phar 6706: Foundations of Pharmaceutical Care (Fall 2016), Phar 6720/40/50: Pharmaceutical Care Skills Labs (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018), Phar6736: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (Fall 2018)