Teresa O’Sullivan

Associate Professor and Director of Experiential Education, Advanced Practice

Department of Pharmacy, Office of Professional Pharmacy Education, Pharmacy Faculty, School Faculty

Telephone: (206) 543-3324

Email: terrio@uw.edu

Office Location: Room 248, South Campus Center


  • BS Pharmacy, University Washington (1984)
  • PharmD, University of Minnesota (1990)

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning in the practice setting
  • Assessment of national experiential education practices

Courses Taught

  • PHARM 509 Medical Literature Evaluation
  • PHARMP 541 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in Clinic Skills
  • PHRMCY 511 Introduction to Evidence-based Practice


Teresa O’Sullivan obtained her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1984, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. After completion of a research fellowship in clinical pharmacokinetics, she became the Director of Experiential Education at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She was board-certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist in 1993. Her teaching topics include medical literature evaluation, drug allergy, and practice-based education. She interacts regularly with the over 400 volunteer faculty and preceptors who teach the University of Washington Doctor of Pharmacy students. She conducts qualitative research in the area of practice-based learning, precepts pharmacy students in the Dental Clinics of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


Selected Publications

  • O’Sullivan TA, Sy E, Bacci J. Essential attributes for the community pharmacist as care provider. Am J Pharm Educ (in press; currently available at: https://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7125).
  • O’Sullivan TA, Jefferson. Strategies for enhancing clarity and reader accessibility of qualitative research results. Am J Pharm Educ (in press; currently available at: https://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7124).
  • O’Sullivan TA, Sullivan L, Webber K, Weber SS. A pilot comparison of student outcomes between longitudinally- and traditionally-placed advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Am J Pharm Educ (in press; currently available at: https://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7143)
  • Assemi M, DiVall MV, Lee K, Sy E, O’Sullivan TA. Quality assurance and improvement practices of experiential education programs within US schools of pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ 2019;83(3): Article 6582.
  • Christensen E, Webber K, Kelly JL, Weber SS, O’Sullivan TA. Quality improvement evaluation of a longitudinal institutional advanced pharmacy practice model. Innov Pharm 2018;9(3): Article 2.
  • O’Sullivan TA, Sy E. A qualitative study identifying key components to standardize across inpatient general medicine advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Am J Pharm Educ 2018;82(2): Article 6215.
  • Danielson J, Kraus C, Jefferson CG, Cleven AJ, Rice LE, O’Sullivan TA. Third party onboarding organizations as gatekeepers for student placement decisions. Am J Pharm Educ 2018;82(1): Article 6275.
  • O’Sullivan TA, Sy E, Bacci J. A qualitative study designed to build an experiential education curriculum for practice-ready community pharmacy-bound students. Am J Pharm Educ 2017;81(10): Article 6055.
  • O’Sullivan TA, Lau C, Sy E, Moogk H, Weber SS, Danielson J. Analysis of the student experience in an attending pharmacist model general medicine advanced pharmacy practice experience. Am J Pharm Educ 2017;81(4): Article 66.
  • O’Sullivan TA, Phillips J, Demaris K. Medical literature evaluation in US schools of pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ 2016;80(1): Article 5.
    O’Sullivan TA, Lau C, Patel M, Mac C, Krueger J, Danielson J, Weber SS. Identifying measurable behaviors of exemplary pharmacy preceptors. Am J Pharm Educ 2015;79(10): Article 151.
  • Danielson J, Craddick K, Eccles D, Kwasnik A, O’Sullivan TA. Challenges facing pharmacy experiential education: a qualitative analysis of common concerns. Am J Pharm Educ 2015;79(1): Article 6.
  • O’Sullivan TA, Danielson J, Weber SW. Qualitative analysis of common definitions for core advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Am J Pharm Educ 2014;78(5): Article 91.