Faculty Moves

February 2019

Erin Trish Joins Faculty

Erin Trish, PhD, has joined USC Mann faculty as assistant professor of pharmaceutical and health economics.

Dr. Trish is the associate director of health policy at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and has held the position of assistant research professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy since 2015. Her research focuses on the impact of public policy on health care markets. Her recent work has evaluated the impact of insurer and hospital market concentration on health insurance premiums, the effects of rating regulations in the small group health insurance market, provider payment in Medicare Advantage, specialty drug spending, and risk adjustment.

Dr. Trish is the 2018 recipient of the American Journal of Managed Care‘s Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award, which recognizes young professionals who are making strides in the field of managed care research.

She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013 with a doctorate in health policy and economics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Seth Seabury Joins Faculty

Seth Seabury, PhD, has joined the faculty of USC Mann as associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics.  Additionally, starting January 1, 2019, he will serve as director of graduate studies for the pharmaceutical economics and policy program.

Dr. Seabury, who since 2016 has served as the director of the Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health at the USC Schaeffer Center and associate professor of ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, brings a wealth of experience to USC Mann. His work examines the impact of legal and regulatory policy on healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, with a particular focus on at-risk and underserved populations. He has served as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and an associate editor of the International Review of Law and Economics.

Prior to coming to USC in 2013, Dr. Seabury was a senior economist and associate director of the Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace at the RAND Corporation and professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He completed his PhD in economics at Columbia University.

Terry David Church Joins Faculty

Terry David Church, DRSc, MA, MS, joined the faculty as assistant professor in the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences, and lecturer for the undergraduate program.

He is teaching the general education course RXRS-201: History and Geography of Drugs, the largest class in the School’s Pharmacology and Drug Development program. His research interests include: biorepository regulation and ethics; drug addiction and regulation of controlled substances; regulatory practices for continuity and disaster planning; and policies and ethics of academic research.

Dr. Church holds a Doctor of Science and Master of Science in regulatory science from USC, a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

Melissa Durham Promoted to Associate Professor

Melissa Durham, PharmD, has been promoted to associate professor in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy. She has been a USC faculty member since 2010 and contributed significantly to the recent PharmD curriculum revision, in particular with the development of the Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism course series that spans six semesters in the PharmD curriculum. She also serves as an integral coordinator and developer of the USC Health Sciences Interprofessional Education program.

Dr. Durham developed the clinical pharmacy service in the USC Pain Center by working closely with the multidisciplinary care team at the USC Pain Center demonstrating the critical role of the pharmacist in this chronic care population. She has developed and revised pain management protocols at the USC Pain Center and trained multiple students and residents in pain management.

Eunjoo Pacifici Promoted to Associate Professor

Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD, director of the International Center for Regulatory Science since 2017, has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences.

In her current role, Dr. Pacifici is working to provide the next generation of regulatory scientists and pharmacy professionals with knowledge, tools and skills to expedite the development and delivery of innovative, safe and effective biomedical products. To this end, she published the textbook “An Overview of FDA Regulated Products” with co-author Susan Bain, assistant professor of regulatory and quality sciences. Additionally, she currently serves as president of the Pharmacy Faculty Council.