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Dr. Souhiela Fawaz

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Pharmacists; Pharmacies; Community Pharmacy; Women's Health; Healthcare Disparities
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 264
Phone: 714-516-5415
Monash University, Bachelor of Pharmacy
Monash University, Ph.D.


Dr. Fawaz received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with first class honors at Monash University in Australia. She then practiced as a hospital and community pharmacist before undertaking her graduate studies in Pharmacy Practice at Monash University. Her dissertation focused on women’s health, weight management and the potential role pharmacies can have in this area. Throughout her graduate studies she also conducted a collaborative research project with the University of Nottingham in the UK. She received her PhD in 2014.

Prior to joining Chapman University in 2015, Dr. Fawaz was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, School of Pharmacy – Ann Arbor for 18 months. During that time, she worked on a number of research projects investigating women’s health, including increasing access to contraception from community pharmacies and improving adherence to aromatase inhibitors, a medication used in the treatment of breast cancer. She is also currently exploring the role of pharmacists in Patient Centered Medical Homes and identifying their role in women’s health. 

Throughout her doctoral and post-doctoral work Dr. Fawaz was actively involved in teaching pharmacy students in various courses including communication, health-systems pharmacy, therapeutics and community pharmacy. Dr. Fawaz has also been involved in supervising Pharm.D. students in their Pharm.D. research investigation projects, which is something that she thoroughly enjoys.

Research Interests

Dr. Fawaz’s research interests include women’s health, increasing access to health care and investigating cultural differences in health and medication management.


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Salgado T, Davis E, Farris KB, Fawaz S, Batra P, Henry NL. Identifying socio-demographic and clinical characteristics associated with medication beliefs about aromatase inhibitors among postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 2017; Jun;163(2):311-319
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Hussainy SY Employing the nominal group technique to explore the views of pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and women on community pharmacy weight management services and educational resources. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice; 2016; 24(2):86-96
Fakih S, Batra P, Gatny H, Kusunoki Y, Barber J, Farris K. Young women’s perceptions and experiences with contraception supply in community pharmacies. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2015, 55(3): 255-64
Fakih S, Hussainy SY, Marriott JL. Exploring weight management recommendations across Australian community pharmacies using case vignettes. Health Education Research; August 2014 DOI: 10.1093/her/cyu045
Fakih S, Hussainy SY, Boardman H, Anderson C, Marriott JL. Comparing women pharmacy consumers’ experiences with weight loss treatment in Victoria and Nottingham: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health; June 2014 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-662
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Hussainy SY. A National Mailed Survey Exploring Weight Management Services across Australian Community Pharmacies. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice; March 2014 DOI: 10.1071/PY13118.
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Hussainy SY. Women pharmacy consumers’ experiences with weight loss treatment in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy; December 2013, 35(6): 1120-1129
Fakih S, Hussainy SY, Marriott JL. Women, pharmacy and the World Wide Web: could they be the answer to the obesity epidemic? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice; January 2013. DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12020.