College of Pharmacy

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Celia MacDonnell, Pharm.D.

  • Clinical Professor
  • Office: 295C
  • Phone: 401.874.9290
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  • Office Location: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. MacDonnell’s teaching and research interests focus on Inter-professional Education pedagogy. She has been at the forefront of the development and advancement of inter-professional education in the state of Rhode Island. She has helped to establish a collection of cooperative educational coursework, conducted with the University’s College of Nursing and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. . In April 2011 she presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s annual meeting about her work in the area of inter-professional education. Dr. MacDonnell also has aided in the development and implementation various student learning exercises utilizing high-fidelity human patient simulation.

Dr. MacDonnell’s teaching, practice and research interests are in diseases of the eye and skin. She is the coordinator for the College’s Laboratory Curriculum as well as teaching both P3 Practice Labortories.  Dr. MacDonnell also precepts fourth professional year Doctor of Pharmacy students on an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Elective in Academic Teaching.

She has served on the University on the University’s Admissions Advisory Board since 2006 and has served as the Chair for the past 3 years. She volunteers much of her free time with the various Student Organizations within the College of Pharmacy, having just completed 14 years as the faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Sigma.  She was recently promoted to the rank of Clinical Full Professor at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. MacDonnell is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. This was awarded to her in 1997 for the development and implementation of a patient pocket prescription profile. This early method of medication reconciliation is now standardly distributed to patients receiving services throughout all of Navy Healthcare. She has also garnered such accolades as: twice being selected as Teacher of the Year and the 2009 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia. She was Dr. MacDonnell also holds the honor as being selected as the 2012 recipient of the Rufus Lyman Award.


The pedagogy of Interprofessional Education, medication therapy management, and diseases of the eyes and skin.


Clinical Associate Professor, Integrated Pharmacy Practice Laboratory
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island. 2000

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, 1975


MacDonnell, C, Rege, S, Misto, K, Dollase, GP. Evaluating healthcare students’ response to a first interprofessional exercise and their team dynamics. AJPE. 2012;76(8) Article 154. Pages 1-6 (2012).

MacDonnell C, Jackson, A, Lavin, MD, Cohen, L, Cohen, SA. Impact of an Interdisciplinary Practice Laboratory on Pharmacy and Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Health Care Roles. International Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice. ISSN 1557-1017:Vol 7(1) (2011).

Carr, S, MacDonnell, CP, Lavin, M, Jackson, A, Palm, M. The Utilization of High Fidelity Simulation in an Interdisciplinary Learning Project: Nursing and Pharmacy Students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Rathemacher, A, MacDonnell, C, Bonn, C, Libutti, D, Miles, L, Miller, J, Quina, K, Richmond, J, Stewart, K , Williams, G. The Campus Visit Experience: Improving Student Recruitment at the University of Rhode Island. Report of the Admissions Advisory Committee. Washington, DC: Education Resources Information Center, 7 pp. ERIC Document ED 517 964 (2011). Available:

Rathemacher, A, Bonn, C, Amador, MacDonnell, C, Miles L, Miller J, Quina K, Richmond, J, Smith, K, Williams, G. Departmental Web Sites: Best Practices for Improving Student Recruitment — A report of the Admissions Advisory Committee. Washington, DC: Education Resources Information Center, 18pp. ERIC Document ED 509 724 (2010). Available:

MacDonnell, CP, DeAngelis-Chichester, A, Chichester, CO. The Role of Human Patient Simulation in Pharmacy Education. ICERI Proceedings. ISBN: 978-84-614-2439-90036-11. Nov. (2010).

DeAngelis-Chichester, AM, Chichester, CO, MacDonnell, CP. Integration of High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulation into an Inter-professional Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Nursing Laboratory Curriculum. ICERI Proceedings. ISBN: 978-84-613-2955-7. Nov. (2009).

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