Brenda S. Bray, MPH

Master of Public Health, University of Washington
Bachelor of Pharmacy, Washington State University

Additional training
ASHP Pharmacy Practice Residency, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 1985

Registered Pharmacist, Washington
Registered Pharmacy Preceptor, Washington

Brenda Bray teaches pharmacy 559, quality assurance and patient safety, and supports teaching and learning with simulation (manikin-based and standardized patients) in all of the applied patient care labs. In addition to these classes she also precepts fourth-year experiential students and first-year pharmacy residents during an academic rotation. Bray is also involved in interprofessional teaching on campus including the Error Disclosure Workshop and the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) Common Course.

Bray is the director of assessment for the College of Pharmacy. In this role she coordinates and supports the college’s competency-based assessment program including computer-based testing, assessment support for all college units to ensure ACPE accreditation standards are met, and evaluation of the WSU College of Pharmacy strategic plan.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Projects in Progress
Student Learning in Pharmacogenomics: A Course and Perceptions in Pharmacy Practice. Daoud S, Bray BS, Remsberg C, Wright S.

Evaluation of teaching innovations within a pharmacy calculations course. Remsberg C, Bray BS.

Motivation and Learning Strategies of Students within an Honors/Satisfactory/Fail Curriculum. Bray BS, Maclean LG, Adesope O, Anguiano C, Wright SK, Robinson JD.

Validation of a Tool to Assess Student Pharmacist Communication via a Medication Counseling Activity. Schwartz CR, McKeirnan KC, Bray BS, Willson MN

Scholarly interest areas for Bray include teaching and learning with human patient simulation, the pharmacist’s role in public health, particularly inter-professionalism and emergency preparedness, and assessment of teaching and student learning.

Current Grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (OGRD #126000-001) Spokane Teaching Health Center Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Student Training. College of Nursing. Barbara A. Richardson – principal investigator. Brenda S. Bray, co-investigator College of Pharmacy. $779,993. Awarded. 8/19/15 – 8/31/2018.

HHS Grant (OGRD# 120838) for Using Interprofessional Education (IPE) to Improve Care for Patients with MCC Initiative. College of Nursing. Cynthia Fitzgerald, Ph.D. – principal investigator. Brenda Bray, Project Lead for Pharmacy – 25% contribution. $1,102,818. Awarded. 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016.

Additional Information
Professional organizations: She is an active member of the Spokane Pharmacy Association and the Washington State Pharmacy Association. Other professional memberships include American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society.

College Service: Bray has been chair of the Pharmacy Assessment Committee and has directed the college’s assessment program since 2007. She is also a member of the WSU Liaison Council for Undergraduate Assessment. At the WSU Spokane Health Sciences Campus , Bray has been active in inter-professional education efforts and is a member of the Inter-professional Education taskforce. Bray served as the faculty advisor for the College of Pharmacy Professional Student Organization from 2003-2011.

Professional awards
2010: WSU Spokane Advisor of the Year Award
2005: Spokane Pharmacy Association Community Pharmacist of the Year
1990: Spokane Area Society of Hospital Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year

Selected Publications
Bilich LA, Jackson SC, Bray BS, Willson MN. Human High Fidelity Simulation: Preparing Dental Hygiene Students for a Medical Emergency in the Dental Office. Journal of Dental Education. 2015:79(9); 1074-1081.

Bray BS, Willson MN, Robinson JD, Matsuura GT, Schwartz CR, Weeks DL. Validation of a Tool to Assess Student Performance in a Clostridium difficile Infection Simulation Scenario. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2013;77(7) Article 149.

Maldonado AQ, Bray BS, Woodard LJ, Barbosa-Leiker C, Hardinger KL, Wu V, Hayney MS. Pharmacy Students Perceptions of Interprofssional Roles in the Solid Organ Transplant Setting. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2013;77(4) Article 74.

Vyas, Deepti, Bray BS, Willson, MN. Use of Simulation-based Teaching Methodologies in US Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2013; 77(3) Article 53.

Bray BS, Schwartz CR, Odegard PS et al. Assessment of Human Patient Simulation-Based Learning. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2011;75(10) Article 208.

Professional Presentations

Richardson BA, Bray BS, Woodard LJ. Preparing teams for collaborative practice using a series of primary care standardized patient simulations. Collaborating Across Borders V. Roanoke, VA. Abstract ID 572. Sept. 30, 2015.

Richardson BA, Bray BS, Coerver D, Stevens KV, Willson MN. Connecting the Dots: Steps to Creating Successful Interprofessional Simulations. Interprofessional Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. San Francisco, CA. Workshop Session #874. January 29, 2014.

Gortney JS, Bray BS, Salinitri F. Update: Utilization and Implementation of the PCOA at Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. Invited presentation: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy PCOA Forum. Northbrook, IL. April 23, 2015.

Woodard LJ and Bray BS. Healthcare Team Challenge: Menus and Immersion – Innovative Interprofessional Education. Mini-session, AACP Annual Meeting, AACP 2014 Meeting, Grapevine, Texas – July 29, 2014.

Bray BS, Wright S, Stolte SK, Kasmer, RJ, Pollack GM. Pass/Fail Grading in PharmD Education – What Does It Mean?. Special Session, AACP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL – July 15, 2013. ACPE #294-9999-13-100-L04-P.

Ried LD, Bray BS, Doty RE, Douglas CA, Robinson JD, Willson MN. How Goofy are Your Grading Rubrics? Even if We See the Same Words, Do We Rate the Same Way. Special Session, AACP Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL – July 17, 2012. ACPE #294-999-12-153-L04-P.

updated 11/10/2015
photo of Brenda Bray

Interprofessional Education

Clinical Associate Professor
Pharmacotherapy Department
509-358-7744 (fax)

Office: PBS 120 N
P.O. Box 1495
Washington State University
Spokane, WA 99210-1495