Gladys Ekong


B.Pharm, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
PhD, Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Auburn University





Research and Teaching

Dr. Gladys Ekong’s research work focuses on sociocultural and behavioral aspects of chronic disease management and prevention. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals on medication use, behavioral interventions, Motivational Interviewing, health disparities and cultural competence. Her teaching interests include pharmacy practice management, cultural competence, and healthcare communications.

Diabetes Prevention

As a certified lifestyle coach, I am passionate about chronic disease prevention and management. I offer the PreventT2 Lifestyle change program for adults with prediabetes. PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 1-year program is offered at the Western New England College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Big Y Foods, Inc. Consultation and Wellness Center in Springfield, MA.

Scholarly Works

Journal Articles

Echeverri, M., Unni, E., Harpe, S. E., Kavookjian, J., Alkhateeb, F., Ekong, G., & Law, A. (2021 ). Identifying areas of improvement for cultural competence in pharmacy curricula: A multi-school study using the self-assessment of perceived level of cultural competence (SAPLCC) questionnaire. . Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning ,13(10) , 1278-1287.

Blakely, M. L., & Ekong, G. (2021 ). Student pharmacists' perspectives on training, readiness, and confidence to provide transition of care services . Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning ,13(5) , 526-529.

Ekong, G., Chou, C., Lakin, J., Hardin, A., Fox, B., Hunt, C., & Kavookjian, J. (2020 ). Pharmacist-led motivational interviewing for diabetes medication adherence in a worksite wellness program . Journal of the American Pharmacists Association ,60(6) , e224-e229.

Hastings, T. J., Kavookjian, J., & Ekong, G. (2019 ). Associations among student conflict management style and attitudes toward empathy . Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning ,11(1) , 25-32.

Echeverri, M., Unni, E., Harpe, S. E., Kavookjian, J., Alkhateeb, F., Ekong, G., & Law, A. (2019 ). A Multi-School Validation of a Revised Scale for Assessing Cultural Competence in Pharmacy Students . American journal of pharmaceutical education ,83(3) , 6602.

Ekong, G., Kavookjian, J., & Hutchison, A. (2017 ). Predisposition for empathy, intercultural sensitivity, and intentions for using motivational interviewing in first year pharmacy students . American journal of pharmaceutical education ,81(8)

Ekong, G., & Kavookjian, J. (2016 ). Motivational Interviewing and outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review . Patient education and counseling ,99(6) , 944-952.

Alatawi, Y. M., Kavookjian, J., Ekong G., Alrayees, M. M. (2015 ). The association between health beliefs and medication adherence among diabetes patients in Saudi Arabia . Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy ,12(6) , 914-925.

Conference Proceedings

Achiamaa, A., Essieh, J., Ekong, G. (2021 , July ). High Perceived Stress among Pharmacy Students Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic . American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting

Shutov O., Jain R., Spotts H., Galaznik A., Ahmed R, Ekong G. (2020 , November ). Identifying the Baseline Characteristic of Heart Failure Patients that Receive or DO NOT Receive the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: A Study of Three Consecutive Flu Seasons . International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Europe virtual conference,

Ekong G. (2019 , January ). Teaching Entrepreneurship: Student-led Design of Innovative Pharmacy Services . Lilly Conferences on Evidence-based Teaching and Learning , Austin, Texas

Ekong G., Kavookjian J (2018 , March ). Motivational Interviewing-trained Pharmacists: Clinical and Humanistic Outcomes in a Diabetes Worksite Wellness Program . American Pharmacist Association (APhA) annual meeting , Nashville, TN

Kavookjian J., Ekong G., Hardin A. (2017 , August ). Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Diabetes Medication Adherence: Development of Structured MI Conversation Tools for Addressing Adherence Challenges. . Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES)) annual meeting , Indianapolis, IN

Ekong G., Kavookjian J. (2017 , July ). Preference for Cultural Competence Teaching Strategies in First Year Pharmacy Students. . American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting , Nashville, TN

Ekong G., Kavookjian J. (2017 , March ). Pharmacist-delivered Motivational Interviewing for Diabetes Medication Adherence in a Hospital-based Worksite Wellness Program . , San Francisco, CA

Kavookjian J, Ekong G. (2016 , August ). Patient Satisfaction with Diabetes Education (PSDE): Development and validation of a patient satisfaction measure . American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting San Diego , CA,

Ekong G, Kavookjian J. (2016 , July ). Motivational Interviewing Interventions and Outcomes in randomized controlled trials with T2D adults. . American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting , Anaheim, CA