Karen Hassell, PhD, MSc, BSc, DipMRS

Karen Hassell, PhD, MSc, BSc, DipMRS
Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Full-time) 


Karen Hassell is a Professor of Social Pharmacy and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy, Elk Grove, California, USA. She earned her PhD in Pharmacy and Sociology from the University of Manchester, in England, UK.

Dr Hassell held a number of key managerial positions at her former institution, including roles as Research Director, Head of the Pharmacy Practice Division, and Deputy Head of School. She was also Director of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, where she was in charge of a major research programme on the pharmacy labor market and workforce behaviour and practice. Her most recent grants before leaving the United Kingdom included government funding to investigate clinical productivity in community pharmacies and the organisational factors associated with its variation, and a study examining the contribution pharmacists make to public health.

Although not a pharmacist Dr Hassell has 23 years’ experience as a pharmacy academic, teaching research methods, social pharmacy, and health and workforce policy to pharmacy students; she has also supervised Masters students and over 10 PhD students, managed and mentored other academics, peer reviewed grants and manuscripts for a wide range of academic journals, and held a number of external advisory roles to government, and within the wider pharmacy profession. She has received national recognition for and been invited to speak at many national and international conferences on her research; most recently she was part of a team collectively awarded the Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award in recognition of work in producing a ‘Road Map’ for the UK pharmacy profession.

So far Dr. Hassell’s research has generated over 120 peer-reviewed publications in scholarly and professional or popular journals; she has also authored 1 book, 5 book chapters, and more than 130 conference papers. Her publications have been cited over 1800 times, and her h-index is currently 23 (GoogleSchloar Citations, October 2015). GoogleScholar

Some recent publications

  1. Elvey R, Hassell K, Lewis P, Schafheutle EI, Willis S, Harrison S. Patient-centred professionalism in pharmacy: values and behaviours. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2015, 29; 3: 413-430
  2. Ziaei Z, Hassell K’, Schafheutle EI. Work experiences of internationally trained pharmacists in Great Britain. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2015, 23: 131-140
  3. Seston E, Fagan T, Hassell K., Schafheutle EI. Black and minority ethnic pharmacists’ treatment in the UK: A systematic review. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2015. Published on-line December 2014: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.12.006
  4. Ziaei Z, Hassell K, Schafheutle EI. Internationally trained pharmacists’ perception of their communicative proficiency and their views on the impact on patient safety. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2015; 11: 428-441
  5. Johnson SI, O’Connor E M, Jacobs S, Hassell K, Ashcroft D M. The relationships among work stress, strain and self-reported errors in UK community pharmacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2014;10,6: 885-895
  6. Jacobs S, Hassell K, Ashcroft D, Johnson S, O’Connor E. Workplace stress in community pharmacy in England: associations with individual, organisational and job characteristics. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy,19; 1: 2014: 27-33
  7. Schafheutle E I, Hassell K, Ashcroft D, Harrison S. Organisational Philosophy as a new perspective on understanding the learning of professionalism. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2013; 77 (10) 214
  8. Seston E, Hassell K. British pharmacists’ work-life balance: is it a problem? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2013; DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12040
  9. Elvey B, Hassell K, Hall J. Who do you think you are? Pharmacists’ perceptions of their professional identity. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2013; DOI:10.1111/ijpp.12019
  10. Jacobs S, Hassell K, Schafheutle EI. Identifying and managing performance concerns in UK community pharmacists. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 2013; 18, 3: 144-150.
  11. Potter H, Hassell K, Noyce P. Pharmacists’ and pharmacy technicians’ views on a process of revalidation of pharmacy professionals in Great Britain. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2013; 9:142-154
  12. Hassell K, Seston E, Schafheutle EI, Wagner A, Eden M. Workload in community pharmacies in the UK and its impact on patient safety and pharmacists’ well-being: a review of the evidence. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2011;19,6: 561-575*
  13. Jacobs S, Ashcroft D. Hassell K. Culture in community pharmacy organisations: what can we glean from the literature? Journal of Health Organisation and Management, 2011, 25; 4: 420-454

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