The Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy
Full Name: Mara N. Poulakos
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
B.S., New York University; B. Pharm., Pharm. D., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Prior to starting her pharmacy education, Dr. Poulakos studied chemistry at New York University where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1993 and received the Lillian Lindhardt/Solotoroff Award for demonstrated excellence in chemistry. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in pharmacy and summa cum laude with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Poulakos then completed an American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Rhode Island College Of Pharmacy. Dr. Poulakos started her academic career in 2001 as an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy. Her didactic responsibilities included teaching and coordinating in the disease and therapeutics courses and in clinical pharmacokinetics. During this time, Dr. Poulakos was appointed as a clinical coordinator at Broward General Medical Center and as a clinical pharmacist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. She served as the preceptor for 28 clerkship students annually in the advanced practice experiential rotation in internal medicine. Dr. Poulakos received the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Faculty Advisor Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2003 and was inducted in United Who's Who Society in 2005. Her service activities at NSU included providing community service to asthmatic children attending elementary schools with the Open Airways Program sponsored by the American Lung Association, to the elderly with brown bag medication counseling, and to residents of assisted living facilities with the NSU Health and Wellness lecture program. Dr. Poulakos was the recipient of the Commitment to Service Award in 2007, and the NSU President's Faculty Research Grant and the Health Profession Division Grant in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Poulakos joined the faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy. Her teaching responsibilities include coordinating and lecturing in four pharmacotherapy courses and case studies in pharmacotherapy. Dr. Poulakos received the Preceptor of Distinction award in 2011 and the Teacher of the Year award in 2012. She was appointed in 2010 as a clinical pharmacist at Boca Raton Regional Hospital where she serves as a preceptor for 22 clerkship students annually on introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Her research interests are in cardiology and infectious disease. Dr. Poulakos has published several articles in peer-reviewed pharmacy journals including Pharmacotherapy, American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, and U.S. Pharmacist. These articles have been cited in well-respected peer-reviewed U.S. and international journals. Dr. Poulakos has been invited as a speaker at key pharmacy conferences. Her community service at PBA included leading medical mission trips to the Amazon and the Dominican Republic, and providing health screenings to patients of underserved areas in West Palm Beach. Dr. Poulakos is an active member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), and the Pharmacist Servant Leadership of Christ (PSLC).