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Molly Downing, PhD

Assistant Professor - Practice

Pharmacy Education and Innovation

Professional Interests

Dr. Downing’s professional interests include designing meaningful learning experiences that enhance a learner’s health and well-being. In the classroom, she evaluates the impact of using evidence-based instructional strategies during the course design process on college student well-being measures, such as safe medication practice behaviors and healthcare self-efficacy. Outside the classroom, Dr. Downing supports the design and development of prevention education resources that help teach safe medication practices across the lifespan.


In 2010, Molly Downing joined the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University as a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacy education and outreach. In 2014, she was hired as a lecturer in the college and now holds the position of assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacy Education and Innovation. Her current efforts focus on teaching, service, and outreach and engagement.

Since 2010, Dr. Downing has taught pharmacology and other drug-related courses to undergraduate, graduate, and professional pharmacy students. She has also designed three asynchronous distance learning courses that enroll multiple sections of undergraduates, and currently serves as course director for two of the courses that support the undergraduate GE curriculum. In addition, she holds a teaching endorsement in Teaching Online and Technology-Enhanced Teaching and recently participated in The Drake Institute Online Teaching Learning Community. She enjoys engaging in scholarly research projects focused on evaluating the impact of course design practices, as well as mentoring fellows and new faculty within the teaching and learning space.

Since 2010, Dr. Downing’s outreach and engagement efforts have also focused on STEM enrichment, medication safety outreach, and prescription drug misuse prevention education. She currently serves as assistant director for Generation Rx, a national prevention education program that aims to teach safe medication practices across the lifespan. In this role, Dr. Downing supports all educational initiatives, including co-designing the Generation Rx educational toolkits and Generation Rx Ambassador training programs. In addition, she also serves as the faculty liaison that supports the partnership between the College of Pharmacy and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and other Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD).


  • 2010-2014, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pharmacology Education and Outreach, The Ohio State University
  • 2010, PhD, Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University
  • 2005, BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University


  • 2023, The Ohio State University, Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer
  • 2023, The Ohio State University, Academy of Teaching Inductee
  • 2022, Online Learning Consortium Accelerate National Conference, Best-In-Track Presentation Award – Research, Evaluation, and Learning Analytics
  • 2021, Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
  • 2019, Teaching Online Endorsement, Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning