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Lee T. Todd, Jr. Bldg, Room 245
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859-257-5778
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karen.blumenschein@uky.edu

Dr. Blumenschein's teaching includes the areas of substance use disorders, research design, and health outcomes assessment. She co-coordinates “Scholarship II” in the PharmD curriculum and is course coordinator and primary lecturer in "Substance Use Disorders: Health Implications, Policies and Prevention Strategies” in both the professional and graduate programs. In addition to didactic teaching, she coordinates the dual PharmD/MPA and PharmD/MBA programs. She has provided faculty mentoring for a number of student research projects, including two Merck Research Scholars, three AFPE "Gateway to Research" Scholars, and two NACDS Research Scholars.

She served as the University of Kentucky NCPA faculty liaison from 2001 – 2011 and Vice-Chair for the University's Medical Institutional Review Board from 2008-2014. Outside the University, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Pharmacy Services Corporation Foundation for Education and Research and a member of the Kentucky Pharmacist’s Recovery Network. She has served as a consultant for the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care Office of Pharmacy Affairs, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Dr. Blumenschein's primary research interests include substance use disorder policy evaluation, the pharmacist’s role in suicide prevention, and validity issues associated with non-market valuation methods. Her research has received extramural funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice, Commonwealth of Kentucky, pharmaceutical industry, and various foundations. She is the author of scholarly work in both the economics and pharmacy literature.

PUBLICATIONS

Education

MS, Addiction Studies Jointly Awarded By The University of Adelaide, King's College London And Virginia Commonwealth University

Post Doctoral Scholar, Health Economics University of Kentucky

Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Residency University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

PharmD University of Kentucky

BS, Pharmacy University of Kentucky

BA, Economics Transylvania University

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.