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Profile: J. Douglas Thornton

James Thornton
J. Douglas Thornton, Ph.D., Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy
Co-Director, The Prescription Drug Misuse Education and Research (PREMIER) Center

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University of Houston College of Pharmacy
4849 Calhoun Road, Room 4053
Houston, TX 77204-5047

Education

Ph.D., Health Services and Outcomes Research, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Certificate of Advanced Study in Healthcare Administration, Department of Public Administration, West Virginia University John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy & Politics, Morgantown, WV

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV

Pharm.D., Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Research Interests

Dr. Thornton is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy and Co-Director of the Prescription Drug Misuse Education and Research (PREMIER) Center at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Dr. Thornton practiced as a board-certified, clinical pharmacist while completing his Ph.D. in Health Services and Outcomes Research at West Virginia University.

Before finishing the Ph.D. in 2017, he graduated from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy with a professional pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) and completed a post-graduate year-1 pharmacy practice residency at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, W.V., where he saw opioid abuse destroying lives and families first-hand. His research focuses on optimizing the management of pain and opioid use disorder though the effective use of medications and related health care services. Through his opioid-related research projects, he has worked with patients, pharmacists, public health organizations, and faculty as well as undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.

He is currently working with multiple funders including NIDA, SAMHSA, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to prevent prescription drug misuse in Texas and beyond. During my relatively short time as the Co-Director of the PREMIER Center, we have quickly become a valuable source of research expertise and professional education in our state and region. This was reflected in 2019 by being awarded the designation of "Excellence in Research" by my peers in the College of Pharmacy.

Awards

1R03DA047597-01
Thornton (PI)
09/30/19-08/31/21
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Title: Chronic Opioid Therapy-associated Productivity Losses In Us Working Older Adults
Role: PI


SP023001-02
Thornton (PI)
09/01/16-08/31/21
Funder: Texas Health and Human Services Commission via SAMHSA
Title: Texas Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx)
Role: Sub-award PI as of January 2019


TI081729-01
Thornton (PI)
10/01/18-09/30/22
Funder: Texas Health and Human Services Commission via SAMHSA
Title: Texas Targeted Opioid Response: Texas Improved Dissemination and Evaluation of Single-use Disposal Systems (TIDES) Project
Role: Sub-award PI

Certifications

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)
  • Registered Pharmacist, West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
  • Certificate in Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Publications

See complete list of publications at ORCID

Select Presentations

  • 2019 Lead Presenter: “Establishing the Community Pharmacist’s Role in Prescription Opioid Misuse Prevention," 2019 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
  • 2019 Invited Presenter, “Four Ways to Make you Feel Good about your Opioid Prescription", Texas Department of State Health Services Grand Rounds
  • 2020 Lead Presenter, “Searching for an Answer: Identifying Disparities by Analyzing Linked PDMP Query and Fill Data," 2020 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
  • 2020 Presenter, “Untangling the Web of Clinical Decision Making Using PDMPs: A Vignette-Based Learning Experience," 2020 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Memberships

  • Member, American Pharmacists Association, 2016 – Present 
  • Member, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2016 – Present 
  • Member, AcademyHealth, 2016 – Present 
  • Member, Texas Prevention Priorities Workgroup – Prescription Drug Misuse Committee, 2017 – Present
  • Member, Texas Health Region 6 State of Texas Epidemiological Workgroup, 2017 – Present 
  • Member, University of Houston Wellness Committee, 2017 – Present 
  • Faculty Senator, University of Houston Faculty Senate, Community and Government Relations Committee, 2019 – Present 
  • Chair, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Social and Administrative Sciences Graduate Education Committee, 2019 - 2020