Michelle L. Breland, MEd, NCC, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests are motivated by the desire to increase knowledge and understanding of factors that impact the pharmacist-patient relationship and behavioral aspects of medication adherence. My approach for exploring these issues is grounded in health behavior theories, cognitive psychology and communication theories. My focus areas include: (1) the creation and maintenance of pharmacist-patient relationships, (2) the impact of individual-level and environment-level factors on pharmacist-patient relationships, (3) the impact of pharmacist-patient relationships on patient outcomes and medication adherence, and (4) understanding factors that influence patient medication-related behaviors. I am particularly interested in examining these issues as they pertain to vulnerable and/or underserved patient groups such as adult patients with comorbid mental health and medical issues, patients in rural areas, correctional populations (including juvenile justice systems), and culturally diverse patient groups.

My scholarly activities have focused upon elucidating factors important to the creation and maintenance of pharmacist-patient relationships and factors that impact pharmacists’ roles in patient care services. My dissertation research on factors that impact pharmacists’ provision of antidepressant medication counseling built upon these topics.


University of South Alabama – B.A. in Psychology; Minor in Criminal Justice
Auburn University – M.Ed. in Community Counseling
Auburn University – Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Pharmacy Practice
69 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3092
Storrs, CT 06269-3092
Office LocationPharmacy-Biology Building