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Kari L. Franson, PharmD, PhD

Associate Dean for Professional Education, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Professor

Mailing address:

University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
Mail Stop C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (V20)
Fourth Floor, Dean's Suite
Room 4132N


Voice: 303-724-4734
Fax: 303-724-2627

Training and Education:

Kari L. Franson PharmD, PhD, BCPP is the associate dean for professional education, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Franson received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, trained at the University of Illinois, Chicago Hospital and Clinics as a resident in adult internal medicine and a fellow in clinical research/drug development, and received her PhD in Medical Education from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Dr. Franson is educator with more than 25 years of experience. Throughout her career she has focused on two areas: practice development in health professions education and psychopharmacology.

Her educational expertise is in campus and distance-based curriculum development, technology-enhanced assessment / learning, interprofessional practice / education and healthcare workforce development to address health disparities in both the US and abroad.

Dr. Franson is also a US Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and Dutch-Certified Clinical Pharmacologist. She worked with geriatric psychiatric patients for 10 years and has performed a variety of clinical studies spanning those in early-phase clinical pharmacology to post-marketing clinical efficacy studies. She is interested in cannabinoid clinical pharmacologic effects in healthy volunteers. She has guided national and international professional, legislative, media and commercial groups on the wise study and use of cannabis.

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