Delesha Carpenter is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Carpenter’s research focuses on interpersonal influences on disease self-management for persons living with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, vasculitis, lupus, diabetes, and asthma. She is particularly interested in how patient-provider communication affects patient quality of life and medication adherence. Dr. Carpenter has developed a measure of conflicting medication information to document whether people receive contradictory information about their medicines from different sources like physicians, pharmacists, and the Internet. Her goal is to develop mHealth interventions to improve clinical outcomes for children with asthma and use the results from her dissertation (ASSIST) and postdoctoral (INFORM) studies to develop an intervention to enhance communication about medication-related issues between patients, their spouses/partners, and their physicians. Her educational background includes both clinical (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and public health (PhD and MSPH) training.