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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

The Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship is a 2- to 3-year training program with particular emphases on community pharmacy practice-based research and prescription drug abuse research. The program fosters practice-related research skills through multiple avenues, including: completion of coursework across ETSU's Academic Health Sciences Center colleges; participation in interprofessional, externally funded, practice-based prescription drug abuse research projects; advancement of patient care skills through community pharmacy practice experiences; and development of teaching skills through active participation in the Gatton College of Pharmacy professional curriculum. The Fellow has the opportunity to complete a public health certificate program or MPH degree through the College of Public Health, and a Teaching and Learning Certificate through the College of Pharmacy. The length of the fellowship is fellow-dependent and is based primarily on certificate and/or MPH degree selection. The fellowship is designed in a manner to meet ACCP's Guidelines for Research Fellowship Training Programs.

Fellows are based at the Gatton College of Pharmacy with a primary practice site at the Johnson City Community Health Clinic (ETSU Charitable Pharmacy). The fellows have access to ETSU's rural practice-based research network (AppNET) through which practice-based research can be conducted. Fellows are mentored by the fellowship director, Dr. Nick Hagemeier, and additional successful practice-based researchers and clinicians across multiple disciplines. Fellows are expected to play an integral role in advancing ETSU's efforts to formally establish a Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Research. Specific research skills to be developed align with the National Postdoctoral Association's Core Competencies.

The overall aims of the Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship Program in the Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU are:

  1. To provide an analytic, integrative, and authentic practice-focused training program of such scope and quality that trainees will develop the background, confidence, and capacity to undertake creative and independent practice-based research
  2. To equip pharmacists with a breadth of knowledge and skills to enable them to function in a teaching capacity in social and behavioral pharmaceutical sciences disciplines
  3. To develop the ability to evaluate research endeavors critically and to communicate scientific thought effectively in verbal and written form
  4. To advance practice-related knowledge, with particular emphasis placed on prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment
  5. To develop projects and new approaches which demonstrate and evaluate health care effectiveness and systems effectiveness in providing pharmacy services as an integral component of overall patient care

2014-2016 Fellows


Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD

Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in May 2013 and completed a Community Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency with the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and Kroger in June 2014. As a community pharmacy resident, Dr. Ventricelli's focus was on medication therapy management, clinical program development, and teaching at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, where he held an adjunct faculty appointment. Dr. Ventricelli was also a member of the clinical treatment team on the Dual Diagnostic Unit at the Chestnut Ridge Center for Mental Health Services in Morgantown, West Virginia. While working on the Dual Diagnostic Unit he played an integral role in the treatment of patients struggling with substance use disorders. His practice interests include addiction services, diabetes care and medication therapy management. Dr. Ventricelli is currently completing a research fellowship with the East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy where his research focuses on prescription drug abuse and misuse. Upon completion of his fellowship he plans to become a faculty member with a school of pharmacy and continue to pursue research focusing in prescription drug abuse.


Rajkumar Sevak, MS, PhD, RPh

Dr. Sevak earned a bachelors in pharmacy and masters in pharmacology in India. During the masters program, Dr. Sevak developed a strong interest in the impact of drugs on brain and behavior, and joined the Ph.D. program in pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During graduate school, Dr. Sevak received rigorous training on the principles of pharmacology and behavioral analysis in the context of drug abuse. Dr. Sevak earned his Ph.D. in 2006 and completed postdoctoral research training on the abuse of prescription stimulants and methamphetamine at the University of Kentucky in 2009. Dr. Sevak has published several articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals including, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and he has presented research at numerous scientific conferences. He has received several awards, including the Graduate Student of the Year from the University of Texas, Young Scientist Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the Early Career Investigator award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Dr. Sevak joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a faculty member in 2009. At UCLA, Dr. Sevak continued his research on abuse of stimulant medications that are prescribed in clinics and abused on the streets and was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in research funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and private sources. His work at UCLA was recognized nationally in the receipt of honors and awards from reputed organizations, such as the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Sevak joined the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Gatton College of Pharmacy as a fellow and adjunct faculty member in July 2014. At ETSU, he will conduct research on prescription drug abuse, and provide services as a pharmacist and educator.


Individuals interested in fellowship opportunities are encouraged to contact Dr. Hagemeier at or 423-439-6239.

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