Timothy J. Todd, PharmD, FPPAG

Associate Professor


Midwestern University
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Alumni Hall 385
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-6946
e-mail: mailto:ttoddx@midwestern.edu

EDUCATION

B.S. Biology Evangel University 1991
B.S. Pharmacy Midwestern University 1995
PharmD Pharmacy Midwestern University 1996
Specialty Residency Pediatrics The Children's Hospital at Denver 1999

RESEARCH SUMMARY

The education of doctoral level pharmacy students is complex and evolves as the complexity of patient medication management increases. The focus of my research is to determine the optimal techniques to teach students specific aspects of patient care within the areas of patient adherence and asthma management.  A secondary focus of my research is in pediatric-focused curriculum development.

Research projects

Project I:

Asthma Inhaler Technique and Adherence

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are common respiratory diseases characterized by airway obstruction, inflammation, and remodeling.  Inhalation therapy remains the treatment of choice for these diseases, with inhalers providing good drug deposition in the lungs with low incidence of adverse reactions. The effectiveness of inhalation therapy varies on factors such as:  inspiratory ability, type of inhaler used, correct inhaler technique and education.  In addition, improper inhaler technique has been shown to lead to a lack of control of the disease resulting in poor outcomes.   The focuses of this project are to discover students perceptions about inhaler adherence difficulties and to assess student pharmacist's inhaler technique prior to an immersion project (student acting as patient) and then to assesses changes in each aspect following the immersion.

Project II:

Optimal Adherence Techniques for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus requires not only medication management, but lifestyle changes, and daily monitoring of blood glucose.  Many patients find this combination of changes difficult to maintain so this research is focused on determining the optimal adherence tools to assist patients in being compliant to the entire disease management pathway. Pharmacy students will be assigned to act as patients for a six week time period and will follow a standard treatment plan.  After three weeks student adherence levels will be evaluated and an adherence intervention will be introduced.  Following the completion of the study period, adherence will be re-evaluated and finally differences will be determined between the different tools utilized by sub-groups.

Selected Publications

Eiland LS, Todd TJ, eds. Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics. Lawrence, Ka:Allen Press; 2015.

Todd TJ, Mazan J. Chapter 37 -Depression. In: Eiland LS, Todd TJ, eds. Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics. Lawrence, Ka: Allen Press;2015:362-371.

 Todd TJ, Mazan J, Hogan M. Pharmacy Student Acquisition of Pediatric Over-the-Counter Cost Awareness. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2014;6:143-149.

Grady S, Dennis K, Todd TJ.  The Use of Games to Promote Learning in a Large Classroom Setting. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2013;5:263-268.

Mazan J, Todd TJ. Clinical Practice Conundrum: How to Optimize the Management of the Common Cold in Infants and Young Children.  Illinois Pharmacist. Oct/Nov/Dec 2012; 74(4): 28-30.

Andrukar A, Fjortoft N, Sincak C, Todd TJ.  Development of a Center for Teaching Excellence: One College's Journey. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  2010; 74(7): Article 123.

Cornell S, Todd TJ. Byetta Update: What We've Learned from Experience. Diabetes Self-Management. 2010; 27(2): 28-31.

Reutzel TJ, Desai A, Workman G, Atkin JA, Grady S, Todd TJ et al.  Medication Management in Primary and Secondary Schools: Evaluation of Health Related In-Services in Local Schools.  Journal of School Nursing.  2008 Aug;24(4): 239-248.