Betsy Sleath, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Regional Associate Dean, Eastern North Carolina
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor
Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Betsy Sleath, PhD is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and the Regional Associate Dean for Eastern North Carolina, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also director of the Child and Adolescent Health program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

She has been principal investigator on over 25 grants and contracts and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. Her work has been funded by several National Institute of Health agencies, the Bayer Institute for Health Communication, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her work focuses on improving provider-patient communication about medications and improving patient adherence to medications through educational interventions.

She is on the editorial boards of Patient Education and Counseling and the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. She served as chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

She was an original member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) risk communication expert advisory committee and continues to serve as a guest member on the committee at different points in time.


  • BA, Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1988
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Connecticut, 1988
  • MS, Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990
  • PhD, Pharmacy and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993