Dr. Kavookjian’s research areas include behavior sciences and outcomes research in chronic disease management (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer 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 Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision-Making as patient-centered health behavior change intervention strategies.

Dr. Kavookjian’s expertise in Motivational Interviewing training as an intervention has been applied in various projects to impact patient behavior changes and provider behaviors changes, including recent projects focused on provider-based opioid abuse prevention strategies.

Research Focus:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Socio-Behavioral Pharmacy

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

Executive MBA Program

Physicians Executive MBA

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 School 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