Karen Moeller

Karen Moeller

  • Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice
Wescoe Room 6009L
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS: 4047
Office 2
School of Pharmacy
University of Kansas
2010 Becker Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • PGY 2 - Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • PGY 1 - Pharmacy Residency, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Pharm.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond VA
  • B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN


Karen E. Moeller

Karen E. Moeller is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her hospital pharmacy practice residency and psychiatric pharmacy practice residency at West Virginia University. She is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy and provides clinical services in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at the University of Kansas Health Systems.

Moeller is active in teaching, service and research. She provides didactic and experiential education for pharmacy students, medical students and psychiatry residents. She has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work locally, statewide and nationally. She is active in the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and serves on the board of directors. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse, schizophrenia and pharmacy education.

Selected Publications

Moeller, K. E., Kissack, J. C., Atayee, R. S., & Lee, K. C. (2017). Clinical Interpretation of Urine Drug Tests: What Clinicians Need to Know About Urine Drug Screens. MAYO CLINIC PROCEEDINGS, 92(5), 774-796. DOI:10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.12.007

Wolfe, M. E., Moeller, K. E., & Woods, B. (2017). Medical Students' Perceptions on the Role of Pharmacists. Journal of pharmacy practice, 897190017734764. DOI:10.1177/0897190017734764

Moeller, K. E., Sager, N. Mekles, T. Din, A. Genovese, A. Naveed, S. & Demo, A. (2016). Bad Weed: A Case of Prolonged Psychosis Secondary to Synthetic Cannabinoids. Kansas Medical Journal, 9(2), 43-44.

Moeller, K. E., Din, A. Wolfe, M. & Holmes, G. (2016). Psychotropic medication use in hospitalized patients with borderline personality disorder. Ment Health Clin , 6(2), 68-74.

Moeller, K. E., & Woods, B. (2015). Pharmacy Students' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Medical Marijuana. American journal of pharmaceutical education, 79(6), 85. DOI:10.5688/ajpe79685

Moeller, K. E. (2013). Favorable Pregnancy Outcomes Following Continual Intramuscular Lorazepam use in Late Pregnancy. Mental Health Clinician, 3(2), 92.

Moeller, K. E., Rigler, S. K., Mayorga, A. Nazir, N. & Shireman, T. I. (2011). Quality of monitoring for metabolic effects associated with second generation antipsychotics in patients with schizophrenia on public insurance. Schizophrenia research, 126(1-3), 117-23. DOI:10.1016/j.schres.2010.11.015

Moeller, K. E., Shireman, T. I., Generali, J. Rigler, S. & Mayorga, A. (2010). Pharmacy students' knowledge of black box warnings. American journal of pharmaceutical education, 74(1), 5.

Selected Presentations

Moeller, K. E. (10/31/2017). Rx Pharmaceuticals versus Impairment. Joint Law Enforcement Officer/Prosecutor Impaired Driving Seminar. Wichita, KS.

Moeller, K. E. & Shin, T. . (10/31/2017). The Opioid Epidemic: Review of New Pain Management Guidelines and the Role of Naloxone. Kansas Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Wichita, Kansas

Moeller, K. E. (03/23/2017). Overview of Psychotropic Medications: What first responders need to know. Crisis Intervention Training. National Alliance of Mental Illness.. Kansas City, Kansas

Moeller, K. E. (07/31/2016). The Growing Use of Antipsychotics: An update on indications, monitoring and counseling. Kansas Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Wichita, Kansas

Moeller, K. E. & Underwood, B. . (07/31/2015). Technology and Medications: Making Technology a Snap to Enhance Medication Outcomes. National Alliance on Mental Illness Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA

Moeller, K. E. (02/29/2012). Urine Drug Testing: How to Interpret and When to Order. The University of Kansas Medical Center, Grand Rounds. Kansas City, KS

Moeller, K.E (11/2018). Update on Psychopharmacology and Controversial Issues with Alternative Treatments. 2018 Mental Health  Symposium.  Hays, KS. 

Moeller, K.E (7/2018). Drug Use and Abuse in the United States.  Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Pre-Academic Program, The University of Kansas.  Lawrence, KS. 

Moeller, K.E. (4/2018). Struggles with Urine Drug Screens.  College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacist Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. April 2018

Awards & Honors

  • Chapter of the Year, Phi Lambda Sigma, Faculty Advisor. (2016)
  • Annual Teaching Scholarship for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Wal-Mart. (2015)
  • Chapter of the Year, Phi Lambda Sigma, Faculty Co-advisor. (2014)

  • Preceptor of the Year, University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy (2011)
  • Original Research Award, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (2010)
  • First Place, Encore Poster Presentation, Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacist (2010)
  • Distinguished Teacher of the Year, University of Kansas (2008)

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Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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