Stephanie James, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Science
How many years have you been in the Pharmacy field?
As a Ph.D., I’ve been doing research since 2011 and teaching pharmacy since 2014.
How many years have you worked at Regis University?
I joined the pharmacy faculty in 2014.
What makes the Regis PharmD program the best in the west?
The instructors at Regis take the time to get to know each student and their strengths and weaknesses. We can focus on where to push students and where to give extra direction. I think this helps us to turn out the best pharmacists in the country.
What do you love most about working at Regis as part of the PharmD program?
I love that I can teach my favorite subjects and also maintain a laboratory where students do research with me. And I like the service component of our education – we are helping students become well-rounded, thoughtful and excellent pharmacists.
Why should a student choose the Regis PharmD program over other competitors?
A student is not just a number at Regis. Our smaller class sizes and Team-Based Learning (TBL) format help them learn how to interact with others on a professional level and how to collaborate with a diverse group of people.
What do you bring to the program that’s unique or influential?
I think most people would say my dog, Raya! Thanks to our students, Raya is a certified therapy dog. Our students help her keep up her therapy skills so she can visit people in hospitals. I also have a research lab that many students use to get research experience during their academic career.
I’m also an advocate of bringing science to the attention of our legislators. Each year, I coordinate a Lunch and Learn at the Colorado Capitol. Select scientists get to present their research and our pharmacy students help sponsor a lunch.
Explain how your students have made an impact while in the program.
Some of my students work at a low-income senior housing complex, answering questions about medications and vaccines. Some volunteer to help with immunization clinics in high-needs schools.
What positive things have students said to you about the program?
Our students all comment that the faculty are the best – which makes me so happy! I think they know we’re really invested in them and want them to succeed.
How would you articulate the difference you’re making in the medical profession?
As a team, we’re helping students recognize how they can be part of a health care community and really contribute to personal and public health, through avenues like policy discussions, research or developing outreach opportunities and programs.