Kelly Matson, Pharm.D., BCPPS

  • Clinical Professor
  • Office: 244M
  • Phone: 401.874.5811
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  • Office Location: Avedisian Hall, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Matson is a board certified pediatric pharmacy specialist with more than 15 years of clinical experience.  She currently is a preceptor for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Dr. Matson is an active member of professional organizations including American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPAG).   She has served as chair of the ACCP Pediatric PRN Education Committee and PPAG Advocacy Committee, and currently sits on the PPAG Board of Directors. 

She coordinates PHP 440: Advanced Pediatric Pharmacotherapy elective course and teaches pediatrics within other pharmacy practice courses. Through the pediatric elective, Dr. Matson has established an outreach initiative that provides pharmacy students an opportunity to teach health education and substance misuse prevention to local schools in Rhode Island. 


Judicious antimicrobial use to prevent and control bacterial resistance, vaccines within the pediatric population, as well as, adolescent substance misuse, childhood nutrition, pediatric obesity and metabolic syndrome; education of pharmacy students.


Pediatric Specialty Residency, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 2001-2002
Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, University of Florida, 1996

Selected Publications

Patry E, Bratberg JP, Buchanan A, Paiva A, Balestrieri S, Matson KL. Rx for Addiction and Medication Safety: An Evaluation of Teen Education for Opioid Misuse Prevention.  Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (2018)

Fiorito TM, Luther MK, Dennehy PH, LaPlante KL, Matson KL.  Nephrotoxicity with vancomycin in the pediatric population: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Pediatr Infect Dis J 37(7): 654-661 (2018).

Matson KL, Horton ER, Capino AC.  Medication Dosing in Overweight and Obese Children. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther 22(1): 81-83 (2017).

Aklaghi F, Matson KL, Mohammadpour AH, Kelly M, Karimani A.  Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Antihyperglycemic Medications in Children and Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Clin Pharmacokinet 56(6):561-571 (2017).

Gittings K, Matson KL.  Establishing Herd Immunity against Ebola through Vaccination. Vaccine 34 (24): 2644-2647 (2016).

Matson KL, Pawasauskas JE, Procopio F.  Reported Behaviors of Prescription Drug Misuse and Medication Safety among Students Attending a Rhode Island University.  RI Med J 98(6): 37-40 (2015).

Matson KL, Shaffer CL, Beck GL, Simonsen KA.  A Multicenter Assessment of Serum Vancomycin Trough Concentrations and the Association with Standard Initial Vancomycin Dosing and Nephrotoxicity in Children.  Pharmacotherapy 35(3):337–343 (2015).

Matson KL and Barnas C.   Jamaican A Difference: A Grassroots Approach by Pharmacy Students to Develop an International Service Learning Experience.  Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 6(6): 856-863. (2014). 

Matson, KL, Fallon, RM. Treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther 17(1) (2012).

Matson, KL, Forinash, A, Owens, NJ. Health and Wellness. In: Borgelt, L, O’Connell, MB, Smith, J, Calis, AC, editors. Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: A Pharmacotherapeutic Approach. Bethesda, MD: ASHP; pg 103-116 (2010).

Owens, NJ, Forinash, A, Matson, KL. Sex and Gender Differences. In: Borgelt, L, O’Connell, MB, Smith, J, Calis, AC, editors. Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: A Pharmacotherapeutic Approach. Bethesda, MD: ASHP; pg 117-132 (2010).

Matson, KL, Fallon, RM. Guidance for antibiotic selection: tissue distribution and target site concentration. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice July 17(4):231-238 (2009).

Lowenhaupt, EA, Matson, K, Qureishi, B, Saitoh, A, Pugatch, D. Psychosis in a twelve-year old HIV-positive girl with elevated serum levels of efavirenz. Clin Infect Dis Nov 15 45:e128-30 (2007).

Alario, AJ, Pugatch, D, Lutterloh, EC, Obaro ,SK, Matson, KL. Infectious Diseases. In: Alario AJ, Birnkrant J, editors. Practical guide to the care of the pediatric patient. 2nd ed. New York: Elsevier pg. 583-689 (2007).

Matson, KL, Miller, SE. Tooth discoloration after treatment with linezolid. Pharmacotherapy 23(5):682-685 (2003).