Sharon Phares, PhD, MPH

Senior Vice President - Research

Sharon is the Senior Vice President of Research. In this role, she oversees the strategy and execution of research and educational initiatives. These include primary and sponsored research as well as client projects for PBMs and pharmaceutical manufacturers. She also serves as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine with Washington University in St. Louis.

Sharon’s expertise is at the intersection of best-in-class research and marketing—educating the market with scientifically valid yet understandable and actionable insights. Sample projects include:

  • Creating a market analysis and report for a pharma manufacturer bringing an opioid addiction recovery drug to market
  • Conducting a national survey on customer satisfaction for PBMs
  • Discovering the impact of a drug manufacturer’s specialty patient support program through statistical analysis

Sharon earned a doctorate in Sociology from North Carolina State University and an MPH from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

She was named as one of the Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM in 2012. Her areas of expertise include survey design, prescription drug benefit design, health outcomes research, health and wellness program development and outcomes, developing epidemiologic and population-based models of healthcare costs and utilization, behavioral economics, statistics, research methods, predictive modeling, and program evaluation. Sharon has authored or coauthored over 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters and white papers on healthcare, research methods, and human behavior.