Alexis Reedy-Cooper, MD, MPH

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    Research interests

    Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper's primary research interests of medication safety and quality of care have been her focal point throughout her career. While working on her MPH at Emory University, she worked as a study coordinator at the CDC in the pediatric HIV division on a multi-center study to improve medication adherence among children with HIV. In medical school, she was primary investigator in a study to identify patient, physician, medical assistant and office factors that influenced the accuracy of medication reconciliation in primary care offices. During residency, she worked on national population health questions, particularly examining the prevalence of multimorbidity in primary care.

    In her faculty role at Penn State College of Medicine, she has focused her research efforts on studying the population of superutilizers empaneled within the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

    In her role as director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.) at Penn State Health St. Joseph, she has begun working with partners in research related to population health, community engagement and health improvement for underserved populations. Additionally, she continues to engage in research and innovations regarding residency education.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper is director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.) at Penn State Health St. Joseph.

    She has taught clinical skills, evidence-based medicine, population health and research to learners at all levels. In her current role, she oversees the curriculum and administration of the family medicine residency program at St. Joseph, working to help create a supportive environment for training the next generation of family medicine physicians to lead, teach and thrive in practice.

    She is involved with the development of curriculum related to population health, research and quality improvement, and regularly lectures on clinical topics. She precepts residents regularly and supervises residents on the inpatient service.

    Dr. Reedy-Cooper has an interest in mentoring students and residents in research. She has served as a research mentor for medical student research projects for multiple students and serves on the Medical Student Research Committee. Additionally, she has served as a research mentor for family medicine residents completing their scholarly activity. Until recently, Dr. Reedy-Cooper served as the research adviser for the LionCare student-run medical clinic and mentors students who are interested in participating in research at LionCare.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper has an interest in complex patient care.

    She completed additional training in addiction management while in residency.

    Until recently, she conducted home visits with home-bound patients about one-half day a week. She now works with the Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.) to create a home-visit curriculum for residents and sees home-bound patients in that capacity. 

    She also has an interest in chronic pain management in primary care.

    It is her interest in complex patient care that has informed her research interests in chronic pain management, group visits, addiction management in primary care and understanding the superutilizer population.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Family Medicine, Residency, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine


    MD, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University


    Epidemiology, MPH, Emory University


    Engineering, BS, Swarthmore College



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