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