Karen S. Hudmon, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.Ph., is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and a Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She is a licensed pharmacist and a cancer prevention researcher. She has nearly 20 years of tobacco research experience, 22 years of experience in studying patient behavior, and has personally provided tobacco cessation training to nearly 20,000 health professionals (students and licensed clinicians) in the US and abroad. Dr. Hudmon’s career goals are directed toward expanding the preventive medicine component of health care delivery and utilization and broadening the clinician’s role as an advocate for positive health outcomes through disease prevention, as well as treatment.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Hudmon’s primary clinical and research focus has been tobacco cessation. In 1999, she collaborated with a small group of faculty to develop Rx for Change, a shared tobacco cessation training program for health professional students and licensed clinicians. Since then, she has led its dissemination and has conducted numerous research projects focused on advancing the role of pharmacists’ and other clinicians’ role in tobacco cessation. In addition, she is involved in a variety of research projects related to medication safety and adherence.