Auburn pharmacy professor named top educator

AUBURN – An Auburn University pharmacy professor has been honored as one of the nation’s top pharmacy educators.

Bruce Berger, head of the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems in Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s 2009 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award. The honor, given to one professor in the United States each year, will be presented in July at the association’s annual meeting in Boston.

“Dr. Berger uses his background in pharmacy and psychology and his concern for health behavior change to create instruction for students, pharmacists and health professionals alike,” said Lee Evans, Auburn pharmacy dean. “He has dedicated his career to helping health care professionals develop better patient-care skills through better communication.”

The award, named for the late Robert K. Chalmers, former association president, is based on instruction, research and scholarly activities; public service and outreach; and impact on pharmacy education.

“This is a tribute to pharmacy educators who have mentored me throughout my career,” said Berger, who joined the Auburn faculty in 1982. “I am very humbled to receive the Chalmers Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.”

Berger conducts research and workshops on health behavior change, patients’ treatment adherence and new service roles for the pharmacist. He also specializes in workshops on leadership, interpersonal effectiveness and managing angry or difficult people. Berger, who has been a consultant to companies such as Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble, has presented more than 800 papers and seminars and has attracted more than $4 million in research funding. In 2006 he developed the Auburn University Motivational Interviewing Training Institute, or AU MITI.

His many awards include the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association’s 2007 Wierderholt Prize for the best research publication in social, behavioral and administrative sciences in pharmacy. American Druggist magazine in 1997 called Berger one of the 50 most influential people in U.S. pharmacy. In 1996, Auburn University named Berger an Alumni Professor for outstanding teaching, research and service.

Berger has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and master’s and doctorate degrees in social and behavioral pharmacy, all from The Ohio State University.

(Contributed by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Bruce Berger, (334) 844-8302 (bergeba@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)

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