The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has awarded the first-ever Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship to Michelle Campbell, a fifth-year student from Have de Grace, Md.
The award supports the training and development of a graduate student whose work focuses on social justice, pharmacy advocacy, or public health.
Campbell credits her parents with introducing her to the field of public health. As a child, she assisted her mother, a nurse, in health clinics and watched her father, a volunteer firefighter, to rescue people from burning buildings.
She attended Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she majored in biology. She served as an intern for the Harford County Health Department and Upper Chesapeake Health’s HealthLink program.
She first came to the School of Pharmacy in 2004, working with faculty in the former Office of Substance Abuse Studies.
In 2008, following a position at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where she had her first experiences with clinical research, she was admitted to the School’s Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) graduate program. Her current research project, a statewide evaluation of the Maryland Strategic Planning Framework, has brought her public health career full circle and allows her to work with the same individuals she first met during her internship at the health department.
“As Michelle’s mentor, I know she has learned a lot about public health, patient-centered pharmacy, and behavioral research. I am very proud of her dedication,” said Francoise Pradel, PhD, associate professor and director of the PHSR graduate program. “Her future contributions to public health, particularly to the most vulnerable populations across the nation, will be significant, making her the perfect student to start this award.”
The Fedder Fellowship was established in honor of Donald Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, a public health pharmacist and long-time School of Pharmacy faculty member who passed away in August 2010. His scholarly work paved the trail for the role of professional pharmacy in public health and brought national attention to the importance of patient behaviors and chronic disease management. During his time at the School, Fedder mentored more than 20 graduate students, many of whom obtained leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry and academia.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Donald’s wife Michaeline Fedder and his son Ira Fedder.