Kaitlyn Watson, B. Pharmacy (Hons), PhD, GradCertAppPharmPrac, FHEA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences


Area of Study / Keywords

Implementation Science Public Health Disaster and Emergency Management Primary Care Pharmacy practice


Dr. Watson is an Assistant Professor of social and administrative pharmacy and public health in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. 

She holds a PhD in Pharmacy Practice and Disaster Management from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her PhD research focused on a mixed methods exploration of pharmacists' roles and responsibilities in natural and anthropogenic disasters and emergencies. Dr Watson has completed two postdoctoral fellowships specializing in clinical trial management and implementation science and focusing on health service research in primary care. 

Kaitlyn is an Australian registered pharmacist and an internationally recognized disaster pharmacist researcher. She is the Founder & CEO of Disaster Pharmacy Solutions and wrote the foundational book 'Disaster and Emergency Pharmacy: A Guide to Preparation and Management' published by Routledge in 2022. 

Her research interests are in public health, health service, and pharmacy practice research, as well as the implementation of clinical guidelines into practice. 


Current projects
  • Women & Hypertension Implementation Science Project (WHISP)
  • Pragmatic Evaluation of Pharmacy Care Clinics in Alberta (PATIO)
  • An International Portrait of Pharmacists’ Professional Role Identities: A Q-Methodology Innovative Study (The FIPP-Q Study)
  • Sick Day Medication Guidance Intervention for Community Pharmacies (PAUSE Study)
  • Navigating Generosity: Exploring Adherence to Donated Medicine Guidelines (MED-GEN Compass Study)

Past projects

  • COVID-19: Bringing the ‘Invisible Layer’ of Pharmacists Professional Identity and Roles to Light (IGNITE)
  • Improving Hypertension Detection and Control Through a Hypertension Certification Program Based Upon the Hypertension Canada Guidelines (RxPATH Trial)


Dr. Watson teaches in the following courses

  • BASE stream of the PharmD program 
  • Leadership elective


Dr. Watson received the 2023 FIP Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section (SAPS) Research Grant Award for the project "An international portrait of pharmacists’ professional role identities: A Q-Methodology innovative study (The FIPP-Q Study)"