In addition to the degrees listed in the Education section above, Dr. Alvarez holds the following credentials: BCPS and FAPhA. Dr. Nancy A. Alvarez is the Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Development and Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Pharmacy where she will be responsible for identifying practice sites and supporting preceptors who will deliver practical education and training for student pharmacists.
Prior to joining the CUSP team, Dr. Alvarez was Sr. Director, Medical Information in the Clinical Development and Medical Sciences Department at Endo Health Solutions for 12 years. She maintained a community pharmacy practice and a hospice/ palliative care practice at other points in her career. Dr. Alvarez earned a PharmD degree from The University of Arizona in 1992 and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist
Dr. Alvarez has a long service record with the American Pharmacists Association, ranging from a student national officer to current Board of Trustees member. She endowed an APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship in 2013. She sits on the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute Board and participates in leader development education. She is a member of the California Pharmacists Association. She is a former Phi Lambda Sigma National President, Phi Delta Chi Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certification Council member and chair.
Her teaching interests are pain medicine and advocacy for appropriate use of opioids, including opioid conversion; medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry and appropriate dissemination of off-label information and risk information; leader development, personal assessment and communication, leadership and professional advocacy; cultural competency and diversity.
The Arizona Pharmacy Association recognized Dr. Alvarez in 1994 and 1995 awarding the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year and Employee Pharmacist of the Year, respectively. National recognition consists of the 1997 PLEI Prescott Leadership Award for outstanding leadership by a pharmacist with = 10 years career experience, 1998 APhA Good Government Pharmacist of the Year and the 2007 APhA-APPM Distinguished Award in Administrative Practice. She was named an APhA Fellow in 2004. The UA College of Pharmacy Jack R. Cole Distinguished Alumnus Award was awarded to her in 2012.