Marie Smith, PharmD

Dr. Henry A. Palmer Endowed Professor of Community Pharmacy Practice (PI)

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Dean for Practice & Public Policy Partnerships

Research Overview

I am a clinical pharmacist and health services researcher with a focus on optimizing medication use and safety for adults with multiple chronic conditions. Based on my broad and diverse background in pharmacy practice and research experiences, my research focuses on three aspects of primary care medication use and safety: (1) new care delivery models for the integration of pharmacists in patient-centered, team-based care delivery models, (2) health information exchange of a comprehensive profile of actual medications used by a patient, (3) core measures for improved medication management.

As Prinicipal Investigator of a CMS Medicaid Transformation Grant in CT, I led a multidisciplinary and multi-site research team that developed an innovative medication management practice model and implemented a shared–resource pharmacists’ network to improve medication use and safety in primary care practices and upon care transitions for patients with multiple chronic conditions and complex medication regimens. . Our work improved patients’ medication outcomes and demonstrated total cost of care savings. This model received the 2012 American Pharmacists Association Foundation Pinnacle Award and the 2011 CT Business Group on Health Innovation Award. Our work has been cited by the US Public Health Service, Commonwealth Fund, AARP Public Policy Institute, National Conference on State Legislatures, the Advisory Board, and has informed health policy recommendations for dual eligibles, state-level health reform and innovation design, health care workforce development initi atives, and health information exchange. In addition, our work has been disseminated at more than 50 state/national health care professional and policy conferences.

Based on my research, I was invited in 2013 to take a faculty leave and serve as a Senior Adviser to the CMS Innovation Center (Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative) where I was responsible for developing a national care management strategy and implementation plan for the integration of pharmacist-provided medication review and management services in 500 advanced primary care practices in the US.

In 2000-2002, directed the Global Mobile Health, E-Prescribing, and Patient Compliance Solutions, Aventis Global Medical Marketing/E-Business Leadership Team – advised global e-business leaders (US, France, Germany, Japan, Latin America) on best practices with e-prescribing technologies and hand-held devices to gain or improve medication adherence (compliance/persistency) programs.


BS Pharmacy – UConn School of Pharmacy
PharmD – Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia (Clinical Pharmacy)
Hospital Pharmacy Residency – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship in Change Management – Johns Hopkins University
Global Leadership Executive Education – Wharton and INSEAD
Shaping Health Care Delivery Policy – Harvard Kennedy School

Recent/Selected Publications


Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-2854
Mailing Address69 North Eagleville Road
Unit 3092
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3092