Anthony Olson, PhD, PharmD, MEd

Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Office Phone
Office Address

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice &
Pharmaceutical Sciences 130 Life Science 1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States

Lab Address

Essentia Institute of Rural Health
6AV-2 502 E. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN 55805
United States


Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Scientist


PhD, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (Social & Administrative Pharmacy), Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2020

PharmD, University of Minnesota, Duluth MN, 2015

MEd, George Mason University (College of Education & Human Development), Fairfax VA, 2009

BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, 2007

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Anthony W. Olson (he/him) is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and an embedded research scientist at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. Dr. Olson's research advances understanding, development, and evaluation at the nexus of person-centeredness, practice-based research, and community-integrated health system approaches. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, and several large health plans. Dr. Olson has also served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and a national officer for the American Pharmacist Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science. He has had outpatient pharmacy practice experience in Queensland, Australia; the Indian Health Service in the Navajo Nation; and continues to practice in outpatient settings at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • Person-centeredness
  • Community-integrated health care systems in rural areas
  • Practice-based research

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019: Distinguished Young Pharmacist – Minnesota Pharmacists Association, Sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies
  • 2017: Albert I. Wertheimer Leadership Fellowship in SAPh – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
  • 2016: Practice-Based Research Methods Fellowship, Funding provided by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) – Centers of Excellence in Practice-Based Research Learning
  • 2015: Commencement Speaker, Class of 2015 – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (Duluth)
  • 2015: Lilly Achievement Award – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
  • 2014: Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award – United States 

Professional Associations

  • Academy Health
  • American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • Duluth Area Pharmacists (DAP)
  • Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN)
  • Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA)
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassadors Program 

Research Interests

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



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

Course Director: Phar 6710: Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab I, core course in PharmD 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)


Olson AW & Burns AL. (Mar 2023). From Patient-centered to Person-centered: The pharmacist’s role and value in community integrated care. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 63(3)736-741. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2023.03.003

Adekunle OA, Olson AW, Schommer JC, Brown LB. (Dec 2022). Investigation of Predictors Influencing Patient-Pharmacist Relationship Establishment. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 63(3)853-862. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.12.024

Olson AW, Isetts BJ, Stratton TP, Vaidyanathan R, Hillman LA, Schommer JC. (Jun 2022). An exploratory QUALquan comparison for patient-centeredness priorities in outpatient care for patients and pharmacists. Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 5(6)578-589. doi: 10.1002/jac5.1618

Olson AW, Isetts BJ, Stratton TP, Vaidyanathan R, Hager KD, Schommer JC. (Feb 2022). Addressing Hidden Curricula that Subvert the Patient-Centeredness “Hub” of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process “Wheel.” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 86(2)140-150. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8665

Olson AW, Stratton TP, Isetts BJ, et al. (2021). Seeing the elephant: A systematic scoping review and comparison of patient-centeredness conceptualizations from three seminal perspectives. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, (14)973-986. doi:10.2147/JMDH.S299765

Olson AW, Vaidyanathan R, Stratton TP, et al. (2021). Patient-centered care preferences and expectations in outpatient pharmacist practice: A three archetype heuristic. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, S1551-7411(21)00065-6. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.02.00

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, 60(2), 311-318. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2019.04.014.

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


Integrating Behavioral Health Services and Medical Care at the Bob Tavani House for Medical Respite Care in the COVID-19 Era. Olson AW (PI) Centers for Disease Control Foundation and United Health Care - (2022-2024);

A Community Integrated Referral Platform in a Rural Health System for Supporting Patients Seeking Support for Social Determinants of Health Needs. Kuenstler E, Olson AW (Co-PI), Waring S, Harry M. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and UCare - (2020-2023);

Clinic-Randomized Trial of Clinical Decision Support for Opioid Use Disorder in Medical Settings. Rossom R et al, (Olson AW EH Site Co-PI). National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - (2021-2024)