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Norma Owens, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP

  • Associate Dean and Professor
  • Office: 215C
  • Phone: 401.874.2964
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  • Office Location: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Owens has been active in the field of geriatric pharmacotherapy for over 20 years. She has published extensively in the field of geriatric assessment and pharmacotherapy and is a reviewer for The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Owens is involved in many not-for-profits agencies in Rhode Island to support quality care for older adults including Steere House Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, The Seasons Assisted Living, and The PACE program for Rhode Island. She is co-investigator of the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center and precepts students and residents on geriatric medicine rotations. She is a member of the cluster hire initiative in health and wellness: Aging of Society – Lifespan Health Focus. Dr. Owens also serves as Chair of the College Assessment Committee.


Analysis of pharmacotherapy regimens in older patients with complex diseases; Education of health care professionals in the appropriate use of medications in older people; Interdisciplinary team based provision of health care


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Pharmacy, Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut

Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science

B.S., Pharmacy, University of Arizona


Owens, NJ, Padula, C, Hume, AL. Developing and using interdisciplinary case studies in teaching geriatrics to practicing health care professionals. Journal Educational Gerontology 28:473-489 (2002).

Burbank ,PM, Owens, NJ, Stoukides, J, Evans, EB, Leinhaas, MM, Evans, JM. Developing an interdisciplinary geriatric curriculum: The perils and payoffs of collaboration. Journal Educational Gerontology 28:451-472 (2002).

Owens, NJ. Anti-Aging Therapies and Cosmeceuticals: An Evidence-Based Update. In: Dunsworth, T, Richardson, M, Chant, C, Cheng, JWM, Chessman, KH, Hume, AL, et al. Pharmacotherapy Self Assessment Program 6th edition. Lenexa, DS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy 127-138 (2008).

Owens, NJ, Forinash, A, Matson, K. Sex and Gender Differences. In Hansen, LB, O’Connell , MB, Smith, J, Calis, K (eds) Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: A Pharmacotherapeutic Approach. American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Bethesda, MD (2010).

Clark, PG, Burbank, PM, Greene, G, Owens, N, Riebe, D. What Do We Know About Resilience in Older Adults? An Exploration of Some Facts, Factors, and Facets. In Resnick, B, Gwyther, LP, Roberto, KA. (eds) Resilience in Aging. Concepts, Research and Outcomes. Springer, New York (2010).

Owens, NJ, Estus, EL. Renal and Urologic Disorders In: Hutchison LC and Sleeper RB, eds. Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: An Evidence Based Approach. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 191-225 (2010).

Estus, E, Hume, AL, Owens, N. Pharmacotherapy in geriatrics: Improving student perception and knowledge through an active learning course model. AJPE 74(3):Article 38 (2010).

Estus, EL, Owens, NJ. Nutrition and Exercise in the Older Person. In: Richardson, M, Chant, C, Chessman, KH, Finks, SW, Hemstreet, B, Hume, AL, et al, eds. Pharmacotherapy Self Assessment Program. 7th ed. Geriatrics. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 155-174 (2011).

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