Sherilyn HouleSherilyn Houle, BSP, PhD
Co-lead, Pharmacists as immunizers project
Member, Capacity-building team

Sherilyn Houle is a co-lead of OPEN’s Pharmacists as immunizers project and a collaborating member of the Capacity-building team.

On the Pharmacists as immunizers project, Sherilyn is providing research direction as well as generating evidence to support broader legislation that could permit pharmacists to administer a wider range of vaccines and medications. Her role as a member of the Capacity-building team is to develop a training module on pharmacy practice research.

Sherilyn brings to OPEN her experience as a hospital, home care and community pharmacist, as well as experience practicing under an expanded scope in Alberta, having received Additional Prescribing Authority in 2009 and authorization to administer injections in 2012.

Sherilyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. Her research interests include the clinical and economic outcomes of pharmacists’ expanded scope activities, the integration of expanded scope activities into practice, the pharmacist’s role in home care, and remuneration for professional services. Before her appointment at the University of Waterloo, Sherilyn was funded by CIHR, Hypertension Canada, and the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions) for her graduate studies at the University of Alberta, where her work included a randomized controlled trial of pharmacist prescribing for the management of hypertension (the RxACTION study) and modelling of the economic impact of pharmacists’ professional services.

Sherilyn completed her undergraduate pharmacy training at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD from the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta.