Office of the Dean

Julie A Johnson

Julie A Johnson Pharm.D.

Dean & Distinguished Professor

Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., is dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and distinguished professor of Pharmacy and Medicine. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Ohio State University and her Pharm.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology/pharmacokinetics at Ohio State.

Johnson’s research focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine implementation. She is an internationally-recognized leader in pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine, with over 300 peer reviewed publications and nearly $50 million in research funding as principal investigator. In 2015, 2016, 2017 she was named a Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate Analytics) Highly Cited Scientist in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and in 2018 in the Cross Discipline category, indicating she is in the top 1% of the most highly cited scientists in the field globally.

Johnson has served on the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA, the XNDA Study Section at NIH, and in numerous scientific capacities with NIH’s NHLBI. She has had leadership roles in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT), for which she completed her term as President in 2017. She is an elected fellow of the ACCP, the AHA and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP-Pharmacology). Johnson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) in 2014 and has received numerous other awards including teaching awards from both the University of Tennessee (1996) and the University of Florida (2001); the Ohio State University Alumni Association William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement (1997), Leon I Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the ASCPT (2004), Paul Dawson Biotechnology Research Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) (2007), Therapeutic Frontiers Award (2009) and Russell R Miller Award for Contributions to the Literature (2010), both from ACCP, the Southeastern Universities Research Association Distinguished Scientist Award (2015); AACP Volwiler Research Achievement Award (2016), the ACCP-Pharmacology Distinguished Scientist Award (2019), the ACCP Paul Parker Medal (2019), elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2020), the Rawls Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2021), and the Precision Medicine World Conference Luminary Award recipient (2021), among others.

Associate Deans

John M Allen

John M Allen Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP

Associate Dean For Diversity, Inclusion And Health Equity; Clinical Associate Professor

John M. Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP is the UF College of Pharmacy’s associate dean for diversity, inclusion and health equity and a clinical associate professor at the college’s Orlando campus. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Allen joined the college in 2018. Dr. Allen’s professional areas of interest include health equity, antimicrobial stewardship in the intensive care unit, antibiotic dosing in sepsis, and treatment of multi-drug resistant infections in critically ill patients.

Dr. Allen graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. He then completed a PGY-1 residency, followed by a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Tampa General Hospital, in Tampa, FL. Dr. Allen is a dual board-certified pharmacist in critical care, and pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Allen is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been appointed to committees within all of these organizations. In 2017, Dr. Allen received the prestigious honor of induction as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, which honors individuals whose achievements and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to critical care excellence, a distinction at the time of his induction bestowed upon seven pharmacists in the state of Florida.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Allen has held a variety of diverse administrative experiences including serving as a pharmacy clinical coordinator, pharmacy residency program director, and director of infectious diseases pharmacy for a 16-hospital system. In his free time, Dr. Allen enjoys watching anything with four wheels going fast, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Shauna Buring

Shauna Buring Pharm.D.

Associate Dean For Professional Education; Clinical Associate Professor

Shauna Buring, Pharm.D., assumed the leadership role as associate dean for student affairs in May 2016, and in July 2018, she moved into her current position as Associate Dean for Professional Education.

Buring joined UF following 14 years at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, her alma mater. She most recently served as associate dean for professional education and assessment where she helped UC secure an eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, she has led many curricular improvements, including the development of new pharmacy practice skills lab courses and a teaching certificate program for first-year pharmacy residents in the Cincinnati area. Prior to her work at UC, Buring was an assistant professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

With the appointment, Buring returned to Florida where she started her professional pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers from 1991-94. Additionally, she completed a drug information specialty residency at Shands Hospital in Gainesville in 1997.

Reginald Frye

Reginald Frye Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP

Associate Dean For Faculty Development; Professor And Chair

Reginald Frye, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is the UF College of Pharmacy’s associate dean for faculty development and a professor and chair for the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. He received a B.S. in Biology from Oglethorpe University, a Pharm.D. from Mercer University School of Pharmacy, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After completing graduate work, Dr. Frye remained on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh from 1995 until 2003, being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2002. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in July 2003 and in July 2012, he was promoted to Professor.

John Gums

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Associate Dean For Clinical And Administrative Affairs; Professor

Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Director of Clinical Research in Family Medicine at the University of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

Maureen Keller-Wood

Maureen Keller-Wood Ph.D.

Associate Dean For Research And Graduate Education; Professor

Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D., is the associate dean for research and graduate education and a professor of pharmacodynamics. She holds the CVS/Pharmacy, Inc. professorship. Dr. Keller-Wood’s overall research interest is the physiologic adaptations to pregnancy and effects of maternal physiology on fetal maturation and growth. Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanism for increased stillbirth and neonatal mortality in pregnancies complicated by maternal hypercortisolemia and altered maternal and fetal glucose metabolism. She received her Ph.D. in endocrinology from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1982 and her Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Vassar College in 1977.

Ian R Tebbett

Ian R Tebbett Ph.D.

Associate Dean For Entrepreneurial Programs & IT; Clinical Professor

Ian Tebbett, Ph.D., an associate dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and IT and the founder and director of UF’s Forensic Science program, is a pioneer in novel approaches to education and training of forensic scientists. He has helped develop the world’s largest forensic science graduate program.

Assistant Deans

Teresa Cavanaugh

Teresa Cavanaugh Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Dean For Student Affairs; Clinical Associate Professor

Teresa Cavanaugh received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2006. Upon graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, which solidified her interest in practice-based research with transplant patients. She then completed a two-year fellowship in health outcomes research with a focus on liver transplantation. During her fellowship, she received board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist, and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration with an emphasis on health outcomes research. Dr. Cavanaugh joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2009. Her practice site was an ambulatory liver transplant clinic. Dr. Cavanaugh was actively involved in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and with the Ohio Society of Health-System Services where she served two terms as division director for Organizational Affairs and was elected president in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Cavanaugh became introductory pharmacy practice experiences coordinator and the co-curricular activities coordinator. She was promoted to clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in August 2017. Her current research interests involve student mental health and identifying characteristics that lead to success in pharmacy school.

Stacy L Miller

Stacy L Miller Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCACP

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education; Clinical Assistant Professor

Stacy Miller received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University in 2007. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 with focus in ambulatory care at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health. Dr. Miller began her academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in 2008. During her time at Sullivan, during her time there she earned her Masters of Business Administration, was the Residency Program Director (RPD) for a program she started at Baptist Health Floyd and was also the RPD for a residency program at the Center for Health and Wellness. At Sullivan, she served as the Director of Student Affairs, a role in which she was responsible for creating and implementing the co-curriculum. The focus of Dr. Miller’s clinical practice is on anticoagulation management in the ambulatory care setting. Dr. Miller is a member of the American Pharmacy Association (APhA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). For ASHP, Dr. Miller is a Residency Program Accreditation Surveyor. Dr. Miller joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 2019 as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education. In that role, she plays a prominent role in overseeing the quality of experiential programs, developing innovative approaches in experiential education, and leading pre-and post-residency placement activities in the college.

Carol A Motycka

Carol A Motycka Pharm.D., BCACP

Assistant Dean For The Jacksonville Campus; Clinical Associate Professor

Carol Motycka, graduated from the University of Florida with her Pharm.D. and completed a residency in Ambulatory Care at Florida Hospital in Orlando. After practicing at Florida Hospital for several years, Motycka joined the University of Florida to help build the College of Pharmacy program in Jacksonville. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care has completed fellowships in both leadership and education. Motycka has been published in multiple academic and clinical journals and has provided over 100 presentations in the field. She has received awards on the state and national level for her teaching, research, and leadership. Motycka is a strong advocate of the profession of pharmacy and serves the profession through public relations events in her community and professional organizations where she has served in multiple capacities including Speaker of the House for the Florida Pharmacy Association and President of Duval County Pharmacy Association. As assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Jacksonville Campus, Motycka spends her time teaching, completing research, advising and administrating.

Erin L St. Onge

Erin L St. Onge Pharm.D.

Assistant Dean For The Orlando Campus; Clinical Associate Professor

Erin St. Onge, Pharm.D., joined the faculty in July 2002 to help start the University of Florida College of Pharmacy program in Orlando. As the assistant dean for the Orlando campus, she devotes her time to her various roles as teacher, advisor and administrator.

St. Onge graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors in 1999. Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Community Clinical Pharmacy with St. Louis College of Pharmacy/Walgreens. Dr. St. Onge accepted her first faculty position with Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy at their Lubbock campus. During her two years with Texas Tech, she gained valuable experience with their 3-campus (Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas) distance education program. Also, she developed a community site for 3rd and 4th year students, as well as a residency program in Community Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. St. Onge and her family moved to Orlando in summer of 2002 at which time she accepted the position as Campus Director for Orlando. Dr. St. Onge has practiced ambulatory care in a variety of settings. She currently holds a joint appointment with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine where she provides clinical pharmacy services to patients at UCF Health. Additionally, Dr. St. Onge is very involved with interprofessional education initiatives with several schools/colleges within the University of Central Florida (Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Physical Therapy, etc). The group was recently awarded the inaugural IPEC/USPHS National Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education for their efforts at a student/faculty run clinic in Apopka, Florida. In addition to her current position with UF College of Pharmacy, she is very active in national pharmacy organizations and has held numerous leadership positions in state and local pharmacy organizations. Dr. St. Onge’s interests include diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and women’s health.

Karen Whalen

Karen Whalen Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA

Assistant Dean For Curricular Affairs; Clinical Professor

Karen Whalen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with highest honors from the University of Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Moses Cone Health System followed by a Primary Care Residency at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Following residency training, Dr. Whalen was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for 12 years. While at NSU College of Pharmacy, she was an eight-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2008, Dr. Whalen joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as assistant director of the St. Petersburg Campus. In 2010, she transitioned to the main campus in Gainesville. She now serves as the Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Her excellence in teaching has been recognized with the Faculty Recognition Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.

Dr. Whalen is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She has practiced ambulatory care pharmacy in a variety of settings including an academic family medicine center, community pharmacy practice, and a Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Whalen is active in local, state and national pharmacy organizations, and is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and a past president of the Florida Pharmacy Association. She is a past recipient of the National Community Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Leadership Award, and the Florida Pharmacy Association Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award.

Executive Director of Administration and Finance

Kelly Sharp

Kelly Sharp M.B.A., C.P.A., C.M.A.

Executive Director, Finance And Administration

Kelly Sharp joined the College of Pharmacy in May 2016 and serves as the executive director of administration and finance. He is responsible for the daily administrative operations for the college and leads the fiscal team in managing financial operations. Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, he served as director of finance and administration for the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. During his tenure at the institute, he oversaw finance, administration, operations and facilities for the research institute. He directed the institute’s day-to-day operations and provided fiscal oversight for strategic and resource planning. Prior to joining UF, Sharp worked as an accounting consultant and served more than a decade as executive vice president of a national retail chain. He is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

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