Dr. Kavookjian’s research areas include behavior sciences and outcomes research in chronic disease management (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease) and prevention. She studies patient-reported psycho/social variables, health behaviors, and humanistic outcomes (satisfaction and quality of life). She also studies behavior interventions and their impact on patient outcomes, with a particular expertise in evidence-based Motivational Interviewing training (has trained over 3,000 interprofessional practitioners); she also has a central focus on behavioral intervention research assessing patient and practitioner outcomes from MI-based behavioral intervention strategies.

Dr. Kavookjian’s expertise in Motivational Interviewing training as an intervention has been applied in various projects to impact patient behavior changes (MI-trained pharmacists talking with persons with diabetes about medication taking), and provider behavior changes (recent projects focused on provider-based opioid abuse prevention strategies).


  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Socio-Behavioral Pharmacy
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, School of Pharmacy, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University (past)

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Harrison College of Pharmacy, Auburn University

Health Services Administration, Pharmacy
PhD, Auburn University, Pharmacy, 2001
MBA, Auburn University, Marketing and Strategic Planning, 1989
BS, Auburn University, Aviation Management, 1985
pharmacy & pharmacology chronic illness diabetes

Top 10 Outstanding Auburn University Doctoral Candidate, Auburn University, 1999-2000

AFPE Fellow (Pre-doctoral Fellowship), American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, 1997-2000

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Diabetes Association
American Pharmacists Association