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Dr. Candis M. Morello

Diabetes & Education

Candis M. Morello

Candis M. Morello, Pharm.D., CDE, FCSHP, FASHP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


(858) 822-5586

Research Summary: Diabetes

Dr. Morello's research program involves exploring both clinical outcomes in diabetes patients and educational outcomes in student pharmacists who attend her diabetes educational programs. Dr. Morello maintains a clinical practice at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health System where she is Director of the Diabetes Intense Medical Management Clinic. She is studying the effect of pharmacist-run diabetes medication management services on the 1) metabolic, 2) quality of life, 3) patient satisfaction 4) adherence rate outcomes in diabetes patients, 5) pharmacoeconomics and 6) medication complexity.

Dr. Morello also conducts research on the effectiveness of the diabetes self-care educational program (DSEP) for 1st year student pharmacists. She is evaluating the DSEP impact on confidence of helping patients with diabetes in areas such as general education, insulin use, glucose monitors, foot exams and other self- care issues, the knowledge gained and retained, as well as the clinical applicability and use following the DSEP training. 

Academic Achievements


B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Socio- cultural Anthropology (1991) UC Davis; Pharm.D. (1996) UC San Francisco; National Board Certification in Diabetes Education (1999) (CDE). 

Awards and Honors:

San Diego Society of Health- System Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year Award (2002); Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award (2003, 2005, 2006); Valedictorian for UCSD National Leadership in Academic Medicine Award (2005); American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice for diabetes clinical outcomes research (2007); American Pharmacist Association Merit Award for diabetes education research (2008), San Diego Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” Award, finalist (2013); American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teaching Award (2015); American Association of Diabetes Educators Pharmacy Community of Interest Pharmacy Best Practices in Diabetes Care Award (2016); CSHP Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award Honorable Mention (2017)

Leadership Experience:

Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society (1995); Fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2003), Fellow of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2013) 


  • Pharmacy: Pharmacy Practice (SPPS 202)
  • Therapeutics (SPPS 212A)
  • Diabetes; pharmacology, electives and various APPEs and IPPEs

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Effective use of diabetes education and clinical treatment to help patients with diabetes achieve metabolic goals.
  • Established the Pharmacist-Run Diabetes Intense Medical Management clinic at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health System.
  • Clinical research in diabetes patients in pharmacist led-ambulatory care clinics at two government facilities (Naval Medical Center and VA).

Selected Recent Publications (view more)

Potential Collaborative Programs with the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Evaluating drug effectiveness or safety in patients with type 2 diabetes
  • Developing service interventions (clinical or educational) that will improve utilization of medications among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Developing novel practice models that will improve the treatment course of diabetes patients