Professor Jeff Harrison

PhD GradCertClinEd DipClinPharm BSc(Hons)


I am a hospital pharmacist by training, latterly specialising in cardiovascular and intensive care medicine. After completing my clinical training and undertaking a clinical trials based PhD in England I trained in Evidence-based Medicine at McMaster University and became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in the US.

My current research is centred on pharmacoepidemiology and medicines-related health outcomes research. I also have interests in health services research as it relates to pharmacy services, and in medication safety. My research requires the application of a variety of methodological approaches including randomised controlled trials, observational studies using routinely collected administrative health data, quantitative surveys and a range of qualitative research methods. My research is cited in influential evidence-based international guidelines (American College of Chest Physicians) and has influenced a number of areas of policy and practice both in New Zealand and internationally.

More recently I have become interested in the intersection of mental and physcial health, disparities in health outcomes and the contribution that health system and health professional behaviours that support and maintain these.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Computerised decision support
  • Rational use of medicines
  • Medication safety
  • Chronic disease management
  • Pharmaceutical care services
  • Ethics in healthcare
  • Professionalism
  • Organisational performance

Postgraduate supervision

Doctorate Student Research

  • Shane Scahill: PhD [2007 – 2011, Part-time converted to Full-time] Exploring the nature of the relationship between organisational culture and effectiveness within a selection of community pharmacies in New Zealand. Shane is the recipient of a competitive Senior Health Research Fellowship.Co-supervisior: Dr Peter Carswell, Health Systems
  • Amy Chan; PhD [2009 – 2014, Part-time]Improving adherence and asthma outcomes in individuals with poorly controlled asthma. Amy is the recipient of a Lottery Health Research Scholarship Co-supervisior: Professor Ed Mitchell, Medicine (Paediatrics)
  • Jerome Ng; PhD [2010 – 2013] An Exploratory Study into Measuring Medication Safety in New Zealand Hospitals. Jerome is the recipient of a competitive Senior Health Research Fellowship. Co-supervisor: Shane Scahill (Massey University). Advisor: Professor Alan Merry, Medicine (Anaesthesiology)
  • Primal Singh, PhD [2011 – 2014] The use of HMG Co-A enzyme inhibitors (statins) to reduce morbidity after colorectal surgery. Parry is the recipient of the Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship. Supervised with Associate Prof Andrew Hill, Medicine (Surgery)
  • Prabhat Bhusal [2013 – 2016] Development of a Modifiable, Recoverable, Controlled Release Drug Delivery System for Implantation. Supervised with Dr Darren Svirskis and Prof A Hill.
  • Aleksandra Milosavljevic [2015-2018] Evaluation of patient outcomes in people enrolled in the Long Term Conditions (LTC) service under the new community pharmacy contract: a matched cohort data linkage study.Co-supervisior: Dr Trudi Aspden. Alex is the recipient of a Vernon Tews Foundation PhD Scholarship.
  • Robert Haua [2016 – 2019] Evaluating Models of Pharmacist Integration into General Practice in New Zealand. Supervised with Dr Trudi Aspden. Robert is the recipient of the Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship PhD Scholarship.
  • E Lyn Lee [2019-2023] Towards a comprehensive natural health products and medicines census for New Zealand. Supervised with A/Prof Jo Barnes.
  • Guangda Ma [2019-2023] Contributions to Clinical Dose Individualisation. Prof Nick Holford is the primary supervisor, Dr Jacqui Hanham is co-supervisor.
  • Sundos Al-Ebrahem [2020-2024] Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Medicines Related Burden. Dr Mohammed A Mohammed is the primary supervisor.


  • 2010 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Fulbright New Zealand
  • 2007 Butland Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching, FMHS

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Milosavljevic, A., Aspden, T., & Harrison, J. (2020). The impact of a community pharmacy service on patients' medication adherence and ambulatory sensitive hospitalizations. Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP, 16 (7), 904-913. 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.09.059
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trudi Aspden, Aleksandra Milosavljevic
  • Haua, R., Harrison, J., & Aspden, T. (2019). Pharmacist integration into general practice in New Zealand. Journal of primary health care, 11 (2), 159-169. 10.1071/hc18103
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trudi Aspden, Robert Haua
  • Mohammed, M. A., Moles, R. J., Harrison, J., & Chen, T. F. (2019). Health outcomes and quality of life. In Z. Babar (Ed.) Encyclopedia of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy (pp. 59-72). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Mohammed
  • Metcalfe, S., Beyene, K. A., Urlich, J., Jones, R., Proffitt, C., Harrison, J., & Andrews, A. (2018). Te Wero tonu—the challenge continues: Māori access to medicines 2006/07–2012/13 update. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1485), 27-47. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kebede Beyene, Rhys Jones
  • Ng, J., Andrew, P., Muir, P., Greene, M., Mohan, S., Knight, J., ... Scahill, S. (2018). Feasibility and reliability of clinical coding surveillance for the routine monitoring of adverse drug events in New Zealand hospitals. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1484), 46-60. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Peter Davis, Joanna Broad, Shane Scahill
  • Milosavljevic, A., Aspden, T., & Harrison, J. (2018). Community pharmacist-led interventions and their impact on patients’ medication adherence and other health outcomes: a systematic review. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 26 (5), 387-397. 10.1111/ijpp.12462
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trudi Aspden
  • Beyene, K., Metcalfe, S., Jones, R., Urlich, J., Andrews, A., Proffitt, C., & Harrison, J. (2018). Variation in medicines use by ethnicity: A comparison between 2006/2007 and 2012/2013. PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY AND DRUG SAFETY. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kebede Beyene
  • Harrison, J., & Bye, L. (2018). Community pharmacy: only innovation will deflect the disruptor beam. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 48 (3), 200-202. 10.1002/jppr.1463
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynne Bye

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 329B
New Zealand