Karen Moeller

Karen Moeller

  • Clinical Professor
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice
Wescoe Room 6009L
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS: 4047
Kansas City, KS 66160
Secondary Office
School of Pharmacy
University of Kansas
2010 Becker Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • ASHP Hospital Pharmacy Practice and Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice, West Virginia University, Morgantown, VW 
  • Pharm.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
  • B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN


Clinical Professor Karen E. Moeller has appointments in both the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Her primary practice site is in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at The University of Kansas Hospitals. Moeller is active in both teaching and research. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse and schizophrenia.

Professional Leadership & Service

  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists - Consumer Relations Committee, Chair 2012, Consumer Relations Committee, Vice-chair (2011), Communications Committee, Chair (2006-2007)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - Faculty Delegate, (2012), Faculty Delegate, Alternate (2010, 2011)
  • Mental Health Prescription Drug Advisory Committee - Kansas Health Policy Authority (2009-2011)


Courses Taught

  • PHPR 647 – Pharmacotherapy II (Coordinator)
  • PHPR 510 – Medical Terminology (Co-coordinator)
  • PHPR 513 – Chemical Dependency (Co–coordinator)


  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Advanced Clerkship (Preceptor)
  • Advance Teaching Clerkship (Preceptor)


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

Awards & Honors

  • 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)

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
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.
—U.S. News & World Report
$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