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Edward Chou

C. Edward Chou

Associate Professor
Unit: Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Auburn University
Harrison College of Pharmacy
4306e Walker Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-8304
Fax: 334-844-8307

Not currently accepting new members to research team


  • B.S., Pharmacy - National Taiwan University
  • M.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences - National Taiwan University
  • M.S., Biostatistics - Michigan
  • Ph.D., Social & Administrative Sciences - Wisconsin

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Research Interests

Dr. Chou’s research focuses on evaluating the disease burden and impact of health-related policies or programs on healthcare access, utilization, and outcomes among vulnerable populations. He conducts outcomes research using health care administrative claims databases, national health survey databases, and hospital accounting data. His current project also applies implementation science in community-based participatory research.

Dr. Chou’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, New York State Health Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His research has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Psychiatric Services, Journal of General Internal Medicine, etc.

Recent Funded Research

Title: Racial Disparities in Glucose-lowering Therapies Use and Survival Outcomes among Breast Cancer Patients with Co-existing Type 2 Diabetes
Source: Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC)
Role: PI
Date: 10/01/17 – 09/30/18

Title: The Impact of A Pharmacist-led Transitional Care Program on Health Outcomes of Uninsured Populations
Source: The NACDS Foundation
Role: PI
Date: 07/01/18 – 06/30/19

Title: Machine Learning for Adverse Drug Events
Role: Co-I
Date: 07/01/16 – 06/30/20

Title: Barriers and Facilitators to Medication Access for Uninsured Populations in Alabama
Source: Alabama Pharmacy Association Research and Education Foundation
Role: Co-PI
Date: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2021

Student Research: Improving Care Transitions among Patients with Diabetes: Development of an Understanding and Alternative Approach to Mitigate Hospital Readmissions through a Mixed Methods Study
Source: Pre-doctoral Fellowship, UAB CCTS (TL1TR003106, National Institutes of Health)
Investigators: McDaniel (Fellow/Trainee PI), Chou (Mentor/Advisor)
Date: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2021

Student Research: Improving Access to Quality Care for Rural Residents with Diabetes: Developing a Framework for Care Transitions and Policy Implications
Source: Pre-doctoral Fellowship, The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE)
Investigators: McDaniel (PI), Chou (Mentor/Advisor)
Date: 09/01/2020 – 08/31/2022

Student Research: Unpacking the Complexity of Diabetes Care through Investigating Disease Control and Therapeutic Inertia among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Source: Predoctoral Fellowship, The PhRMA Foundation
Investigators: McDaniel (PI), Chou (Mentor/Advisor)
Date: 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2023

Selected Publications

  1. Li C, Ngorsuraches S, Chou C, Chen L, Qian J. Risk Factors of Fluoropyrimidine Induced Cardiotoxicity among Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology. 2021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33930532.
  2. McDaniel CC, Loh FE, Rockwell DM, McDonald CP, Chou C. Economic burden of diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. June 2021;12(2):142-151.
  3. Sewell J, McDaniel CC, Harris SM, Chou C. Implementation of a pharmacist-led transitions of care program in an indigent care clinic: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (2003). 2021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33536154.
  4. Cheng N, Farley JF, Qian J, Zeng P, Chou C, Hansen RA. The Association of continuity of care and risk of mortality in breast cancer patients with cardiometabolic comorbidities. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 2020. (In press)
  5. McDaniel CC, Chou C, Camp CN, Hohmann NS, Hastings TJ, Maciejewski ML, Farley JF, Domino ME, Hansen RA. Primary care physicians’, psychiatrists’, and oncologists’ coordination while prescribing medications for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of Patient Safety. 2020. (In press)
  6. Fahim SM, Hsu CH, Lin FJ, Qian J, Chou C. Association between prior use of antidiabetic medication and breast cancer stage at diagnosis. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety. 2020 Nov 30:1-9. doi: 10.1080/14740338.2021.1853703. Epub ahead of print.
  7. Alatawi Y, Hansen RA, Chou C, Qian J, Suppiramaniam V, Cao G. The impact of cognitive impairment on survival and medication adherence among older women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer. 2020. (In press)
  8. Cao TTB, Wu KC, Hsu JL, Chang CS, Chou C, Lin CY, Liao YM, Lin PC, Yang LY, Lin HW. Effects of non-insulin anti-hyperglycemic agents on gut microbiota: a systematic review on human and animal studies. Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2020;11:573891.
  9. Chou C, McDaniel CC, Abrams JD, Farley JF, Hansen RA. An examination of prescribing responsibilities between psychiatrists and primary care providers. Psychiatry Quarterly. 2020. (In press)
  10. Ekong G, Chou C, Lakin J, Hardin A, Fox BI, Hunt C, Kavookjian J. Pharmacist-led motivational interviewing for diabetes medication adherence in a worksite wellness program. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2020. (In press)
  11. Alatawi Y, Hansen RA, Chou C, Qian J, Suppiramaniam V, Cao G. The Association between antidepressants use and development of cognitive impairment among older women diagnosed with breast cancer. European Geriatric Medicine. 2020 Jun 22. doi: 10.1007/s41999-020-00349-4. (Epub ahead of print)
  12. Cheng CN, Wang CY, Lin HW, Chang TY, Lin HJ, Chou C, Lin FJ. Clinical outcomes of basal insulin and oral antidiabetic agents as an add-on to dual therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Scientific Reports. 2020 Apr 1;10(1):5746. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-62646-z. (Epub ahead of print)
  13. Hohmann NS, McDaniel CC, Mason SW, Cheung WY, Williams MS, Salvador C, Graves EK, Camp CN, Chou C. Healthcare providers’ perspectives on care coordination for adults with cancer and multiple chronic conditions: a systematic review. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. 2020 Jan 16. (Epub ahead of print)
  14. Chou C, Hohmann NS, Hastings TJ, Li C, McDaniel CC, Maciejewski ML, Farley JF, Domino ME, Hansen RA. How comfortable are primary care physicians and oncologists prescribing medications for comorbidities in patients with cancer? Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2020 Aug;16(8):1087-1094.
  15. Hohmann NS, McDaniel CC, Mason SW, Cheung WY, Williams MS, Salvador C, Graves EK, Camp CN, Chou C. Patient perspectives on primary care and oncology care coordination in the context of multiple chronic conditions: a systematic review. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2020 Aug;16(8):1003-1016.
  16. Tung EL, Abramsohn E, Boyd K, Makelarski JA, Beiser DG, Chou C, Huang ES, Ozik J, Kalogotla C, Lindau ST. Impact of a low-intensity resource referral intervention on patients’ knowledge, beliefs, and use of community resources: results from the CommunityRx Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020;35:815-823.
  17. Yao SH, Tsai HT, Lin WL, Chen YC, Chou C, Lin HW. Predicting the serum digoxin concentrations of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit through an artificial neural network. BMC Pediatrics. 2019 Dec 27;19(1):517. doi: 10.1186/s12887-019-1895-7.
  18. Lindau ST, Makelarski JA, Abramssohn E, Beiser DG, Boyd K, Chou C, Giurcanu M, Huang ES, Liao C, Schumm LP, Tung EL. CommunityRx: A real-world controlled clinical trial of a scalable, low-intensity community resource referral intervention. American Journal of Public Health. 2019 Apr;109(4):600-606.

See Chou’s full list of publications online.


  • PYDI 4980: Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Pharmacy
  • PYPD 9320/9326: Longitudinal Learning Experience I
  • PYPD 9330/9336: Longitudinal Learning Experience II
  • PYPD 9370/9376: Longitudinal Learning Experience VI
  • PYPD 9980: Pharmacy Research
  • HORP 7510: Health Services Delivery and Evaluation
  • HORP 7520: Social and Behavioral Theory in Health
  • HORP 7540: Pharmacoepidemiology: Methods and Applications
  • HORP 7820: Research Methods and Design for Health Services I

Graduate Students Advised (as a Major Advisor)

Cassidi C. McDaniel, PhD Program, 2018 - Present

Pharm.D. Students Advised

Stennis Walker Mason ’18, 2017-18

Courtney McDonald ’20, 2018-20

Devan Rockwell ’20, 2018-20

Shelby Harris ’21, 2018-21

Christina Camp ’21, 2018-20

Taylor Byrd ’21, 2019-20

Katherine Davis ’21, 2019-20

Dalton Turner ’22, 2019–Present

John David Abrams ’22, 2019-20

Tiffany Cadwallader ’23, 2019–Present

Colin Mallory ’23, 2021–Present

Undergraduate Student Advised

Hayleigh Hallam ’21 (Honors College), 2019-21

Last Updated: July 28, 2022