Yen-Ming Huang, a graduate student working under the guidance of Olayinka Shiyanbola, assistant professor in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division, was awarded a 2017 Phi Tau Phi (PTP) Mid America Scholarship from the PTP Scholastic Society of America. The scholarship was established to recognize the achievements of outstanding full-time students of Chinese descent who are enrolled in either an undergraduate or a graduate program at a four-year college or university in the United States.
Huang was among many considered in the competitive application process. The selection committee specified Huang’s GPA, academic focus in the psychosocial factors associated with a patient’s medication behaviors, and his academic scholarship as factors in choosing him for the award.
Yen-Ming’s current research focuses on patient perception, attitude, and behaviors towards medications adherence. His goal is to tailor current pharmaceutical services of patient care to improve patients’ medication adherence as well as their health outcomes. Understanding which psychosocial factors may influence patients’ decision of medication-taking and self-care may give healthcare providers with relevant information to offer appropriate interventions for improved patients’ outcomes.