Molly Downing

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Molly Downing, PhD

Assistant Professor
Unit / Department / Division
Pharmacy Education and Innovation
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Professional Interests

Professional Interests

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, Molly has taught pharmacology and other drug-related courses to undergraduate, graduate, and professional pharmacy students. She has also designed four asynchronous distance learning courses. She currently serves as course director and instructor for two distance learning courses in the undergraduate GE curriculum. In addition, she holds a teaching endorsement in Teaching Online and enjoys engaging in scholarly teaching projects focused on designing distance learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Since 2010, Molly’s outreach and engagement efforts have 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, Molly supports all educational initiatives, including co-designing the Generation Rx educational toolkits and Ambassador training programs. In addition, she also serves as project faculty for the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and other Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD).


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


  • 2021 - Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
  • 2019 - Teaching Online Endorsement, Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning


  • Pilot Evaluation of Generation Rx Ambassadors Virtual Training to Prepare Students for Medication Safety Outreach., American journal of pharmaceutical education. 2022 May | journal-article. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8945.
  • The Impact of a Short-Term Pharmaceutical Science Enrichment Program on Knowledge and Science Attitudes in Precollege Students, Innovations in Pharmacy. 2016 Jan | journal-article. .