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Lena McDowell

Assistant Clinical Professor
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences Coordinator
Ambulatory Care Clinician, AU Employee Pharmacy
Units: Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Affairs and Outreach
Auburn University
Harrison College of Pharmacy
2137 Walker Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: mcdowld@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-7164
Fax: 334-844-4346

Curriculum Vitae



  • B.S., Biomedical Sciences - Auburn, 2010
  • Pharm.D. - Auburn, 2016

Areas of Interest:

  • Experiential education
  • Community pharmacy practice transformation

Lena McDowell is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Originally from Snowdoun, Alabama, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from Auburn University and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Harrison College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed an ASHP-accredited community pharmacy post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) residency at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Oxford, Mississippi.

Dr. McDowell serves as HCOP’s Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Coordinator and oversees the college’s five IPPEs: community, health and wellness, health-system, clinical, and population health. In her position, she teaches within the Practice Ready Curriculum in both the didactic and experiential settings. She serves as a preceptor for PGY-1 residents for a longitudinal experiential education rotation. Her primary areas of research and scholarship are focused on experiential education and community pharmacy practice transformation.

Dr. McDowell is actively involved in several state, regional, and national pharmacy organizations, including the Alabama Pharmacy Association, Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Practice Site

Dr. McDowell maintains a clinical practice site at the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy, located within HCOP. The Auburn University Employee Pharmacy offers services for Auburn University employees and their dependents to ensure their medications are safe, effective, affordable, and conveniently available. Dr. McDowell oversees the pharmacy’s clinical pharmacy services, including the medication synchronization program and comprehensive medication review program. She precepts students for Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the site.

Last Updated: October 13, 2023