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Connie Remsberg

Connie Remsberg
Director of PharmD/PhD Program  Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences 509-358-7752 PBS 313 Spokane


  • PhD, pharmaceutical sciences, Washington State University
  • PharmD, Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Science in biology, University of Idaho


Registered pharmacist, Washington

Fellowships & Additional Training

2011-2013: Clinical pharmacology post-doctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

About Me

I am an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. I teach within multiple courses in the first year of the doctor of pharmacy program including Pharmacy Calculations (PharDSci 504), where students learn how to accurately calculate dosages, the Pharmaceutics course series (PharDSci 508 and 518), where students learn about dosage forms and ways to deliver medications, and Pharmaceutics lab (PharDSci 519), where students learn how to compound specialized dosage forms for an individual patient. I am also the director of the PharmD/PhD program and serve as a point person for students interested in earning both degrees.

My research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning where I hope to better understand the impact teaching innovations have on student learning. I am also interested in ways to use interprofessional education (learning with and from students of different professions) to improve practice readiness.

I’m originally from southern Idaho where I grew up on my family’s potato farm. My interest in science and entering the health care field led me to University of Idaho where I completed a bachelor’s degree in biology. While an undergraduate student, I applied to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program within the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This summer fellowship sparked my interest in research and led ultimately to me completing my PharmD and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences both at WSU. While completing my PhD, I worked under the guidance of Dr. Neal Davies to study the health benefits and pharmacokinetics (how a drug is absorbed and eliminated from the body) of naturally occurring compounds called polyphenols. Following graduation, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at University of California, San Francisco where I was mentored by Dr. Leslie Benet. While at UCSF, I studied how membrane drug transporters are involved in drug-drug interactions that alter drug disposition. I returned to WSU as a faculty member in 2013. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to fulfill my passion for teaching and mentoring.

In my spare time I like to…

I enjoy spending quality time with family, gardening, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Why WSU?

I’m an alum of the college and want to give back to the students. GO COUGS!

My Favorite Quote

“In order to empathize with someone’s experience, you must be willing to believe them as they see it, and not how you imagine their experience to be.” – Brené Brown


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) T0BHP33106-03-00 (2019-2024)
Rethinking Education on Substance use through inter-Professional Education and Rural Community Training (RESPECT)
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Dawn DeWitt)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1H79FG000075-01 (2020-2022)
Rethinking Education on Substance Use with Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Teams using Medication-Assisted Treatment (RESPECT-MAT)
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Marian Wilson)

Washington State Department of Health / Prevention for States program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant 5 NU17CE002734) (2018, grant renewal 2019)
Interdisciplinary Curricula on Team Review of Patients on Chronic Opioids for Pre-Service Healthcare Students
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Barbara Richardson)


  • 2021: WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PY1 Faculty of the Year Award
  • 2020: WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PY1 Spokane Faculty of the Year Award
  • 2017 Oaks Award for Academic Technology, Academic Outreach and Innovation, Washington State University
  • 2016: WSU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (selected by first year students)
  • 2015: WSU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (selected by first year students)
  • 2014: WSU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (selected by first year students)
  • 2013: American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) Presidential Trainee Award

Selected Publications

Giruzzi NR, McKeirnan KC, Buchman CR, Bertsch T, Miller Z, Remsberg CM. A mixed-methods exploration of the effect of disabling backward navigation on calculations computerized exams. Accepted to American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, December 2021.

Bamfo N, Hosey CM, Benet LZ, Remsberg CM. Examination of Urinary Excretion of Unchanged Drug in Humans and Preclinical Animal Models: Increasing the Predictability of Poor Metabolism in Humans. Pharmaceutical Research, 2021, 38(7): 1139-1156. doi: 10.1007/s11095-021-03076-y.

Wilson ML, Bray BS, Remsberg CM, Kobayashi R, Richardson BA. Interprofessional Education on Opioid Use meets Team-based Learning Needs for Students. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2021, 13(4):429-437.

Ta A, Neumiller JJ, Kim AP, Remsberg CM, Gothard MD. Student Attendance in an Active Learning Teaching Design Affects Therapeutics Examination Performance. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2020, 84(9): 1211-1217.

McKeirnan KC, Colorafi K, Kim AP, Stewart AS, Remsberg CM, Vu M, Bray BS. Student Study Behaviors associated with Success in an Active Classroom Pharmacy Curriculum. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2020, 84(7): 959-969.

Zhang B, Kim S, Xiao Y, Damman C, Kelly K, Fitzpatrick D, Anderson C, Reynoldson M, Bray BS, Stewart AS, Daoud SS, Remsberg CM. A student initiative to implement peer-led study groups for a pharmacogenomics course: Evaluation of student performance and perceptions. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2020, 12: 549-557.

Bray BS, Remsberg CM, Robinson JD, Wright SK, Muller SJ, Maclean LG, Pollack GM. Implementation and Preliminary Evaluation of an Honours-Satisfactory-Fail Competency-based Assessment Model in a Doctor of Pharmacy Programme. FIP Pharmacy Education 2017, 17(1): 143-153.

Remsberg CM, Bray BS, Wright SK, Ashmore J, Kabasenche W, Wang S, Lazarus P, Daoud SS. Design, implementation, and assessment approaches within a pharmacogenomics course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2017, 81(1): 11.

Remsberg CM, Yáñez JA, Ohgami Y, Vega-Villa KR, Rimando AM, Davies NM. Pharmacometrics of Pterostilbene: Pre-Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, and Analgesic Activity. Phytotherapy Research 2008; 22(2): 169-179.

Roupe KA, Remsberg CM, Yáñez JA, Davies NM. Pharmacometrics of Stilbenes: Seguing Towards the Clinic. Current Clinical Pharmacology 2006; 1:81-101. DOI: 10.2174/157488406775268246