Research & Teaching Interests

Health care costs and patient outcomes continue to be important topics for patients, healthcare providers, plan sponsors, governmental agencies, and other organizations. Interest often centers on controlling healthcare services utilization and expenditures and improving quality of care and patient outcomes.

Dr. Lawson’s primary teaching interests include health care systems, community pharmacy management, and contemporary issues in pharmacy in the Pharm.D. program and health care systems, research methods, and data analysis in the graduate program.


His current research activities focus on factors related to the utilization and costs of prescription medications and other healthcare services. Selected publications include:

Park H, Rascati KL, Lawson KA, Barner JC, Richards KM, and Malone DC, “Health Costs and Outcomes Associated with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Cost Sharing in Beneficiaries on Dialysis,” Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, October 2015; 21(10): 956-964.

Campbell AH, Scalo JF, Crismon ML, Barner JC, Argo TR, Lawson KA, and Miller AL, “Attitudes toward Medications and the Relationship to Outcomes in Patients with Schizophrenia,” Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses, in press, July 28, 2015, Epub ahead of print, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3371/CSRP.CASC.070415

Shcherbakova N, Rascati K, Brown C, Lawson K, Novak S, Richards KM, and Yoder L, “Factors Associated with Seizure Recurrence in Epilepsy Patients Treated with Antiepileptic Monotherapy: A Retrospective Observational Cohort Study using US Administrative Insurance Claims,” CNS Drugs, November 2014; 28(11): 1047-1058.

Park H, Rascati KL, Lawson KA, Barner JC, Richards KM, and Malone DC, “Adherence and Persistence to Prescribed Medication Therapy among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries on Dialysis: Comparisons of Benefit Type and Benefit Phase,” Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, August 2014; 20(8): 862-876.

Oladapo A, Barner JC, Lawson KA, Novak S, Rascati KL, Richards KM, and Harrison DJ, “Medication Effectiveness with the Use of Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors among Texas Medicaid Patients Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, July 2014; 20(7): 657-667.

Olotu BS, Brown CM, Barner JC, and Lawson KA, “Factors Associated with Hospices’ Provision of Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, June 2014; 31(4): 385-391.

Olotu BS, Brown CM, Lawson KA, and Barner JC, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Utilization in Texas Hospices: Prevalence, Importance, and Challenges, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, May 2014; 31(3): 254-259.

Cochran G, Field C, and Lawson KA, “Pharmacists Who Screen and Discuss Opioid Misuse with Patients: Future Directions for Research and Practice,” Journal of Pharmacy Practice, published online, DOI: 10.1177/0897190014522064; February 13, 2014.

Park C, Jiang S, and Lawson KA, “Efficacy and Safety of Telaprevir and Boceprevir in Patients with Hepatitis C Genotype 1: A Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, February 2014; 39(1): 14-24.

Desai PR, Adeyemi AO, Richards KM, and Lawson KA, “Adherence to Oral Anti-Diabetic Medications in Antipsychotic Medication Users and Non-Users,” Psychiatric Services, February 2014; 65(2): 215-220.

Lee GC, Reveles KR, Attridge RT, Lawson KA, Mansi IA, Lewis II JS, and Frei CR, “Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing in the United States: 2000 to 2010,” BMC Medicine, DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-96; January 2014; 12(1): 96.

Desai PR, Lawson KA, Barner JC, and Rascati KL, “Estimating the Direct and Indirect Costs for Community-Dwelling Patients with Schizophrenia,” Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, published on-line July 16, 2013, doi: 10.1111/jphs.12027; December 2013; 4(4): 187-194.

Lee GC, Lawson KA, and Burgess D, “Clinical Epidemiology of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Community Hospitals: A Case-Case-Control Study,” The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, September 2013; 47(9): 1115-1121.

Chandwani HS, Strassels SA, Rascati KL, Lawson KA, and Wilson JP, “Estimates of Charges Associated with Emergency Department and Hospital Inpatient Care for Opioid Abuse-related Events,” Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, August 2013; 27(3): 206-213.

Desai PR, Lawson KA, Barner JC, and Rascati KL, “Identifying Patient Characteristics Associated with High Schizophrenia-related Direct Medical Costs in Community-Dwelling Patients,” Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, July-August 2013; 19(6): 468-477.