Kelly Karpa, PhD

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    Research interests

    Dr. Kelly Karpa is a licensed pharmacist and a pharmacologist. Her early research interests involved molecular modifications that alter dopamine receptor cell targeting and health benefits of probiotic ingestion. Recently, her focus has revolved around medical and health professions education.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Kelly Karpa focuses on her role as Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education at the College of Medicine. Much of her time is spent developing, implementing, administering and disseminating inter-institutional interprofessional endeavors through student engagement in classroom, simulation and clinical environments. These activities include students from a variety of healthcare programs representing a wide range of local colleges.

    These educational experiences give interprofessional groups of students opportunities to learn, with, and about each other with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

    Currently, Dr. Karpa is exploring new interprofessional education/practice and teleconsulting opportunities in clinical environments. She is also working with an interprofessional, inter-institutional team of faculty to develop a web-based interprofessional education game around patient scenarios that will train students to effectively manage patients with chronic pain and opioid dependency.

    Dr. Karpa works with an interprofessional team of educators to deliver a day-long faculty development course titled "Getting Started: An Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice Workshop for Health Care Educators and Providers" to faculty at Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses to facilitate further development of interprofessional education initiatives across the state of Pennsylvania.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Pharmacology, PhD, Penn State College of Medicine

    … → 2000

    Pharmacy, BS, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science

    … → 1994

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  • Research Output

    Geriatric Assessment in a Primary Care Environment: A Standardized Patient Case Activity for Interprofessional Students

    Karpa, K., Graveno, M., Brightbill, M., Fox, G., Kelly, S., Lehman, E., Salvadia, A., Shaw, T., Smith, D., Walko, M. & Sherwood, L., Oct 18 2019, In : MedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources. 15, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Big Ten IPE Academic Alliance: A regional approach to developing Interprofessional Education and practice

    Ascione, F. J., Sick, B., Karpa, K., McAuley, J., Nickol, D. R., Weber, Z. A. & Pfeifle, A. L., Jun 1 2019, In : Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 15, p. 9-14 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2017 Meeting of the national directors of graduate studies in pharmacology and physiology

    Victor, T. R., Thompson, K. K., Barnett, J. V. & Karpa, K. D., Jun 1 2018, In : Advances in Physiology Education. 42, 2, p. 396-403 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Discovering interprofessional competencies within a clinical pharmacology curriculum

    Karpa, K., Lehman, E., Iskandarani, K. & Haidet, P., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 12, p. 17-24 8 p.

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  • Examining student perceptions of an inter-institutional interprofessional stroke simulation activity

    Pinto, C., Possanza, A. & Karpa, K., May 4 2018, In : Journal of Interprofessional Care. 32, 3, p. 391-394 4 p.

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