Victoria F. Roche, PhD
Victoria F. Roche, PhD

Victoria F. Roche, PhD

Professor
Director, SPAHP Pre-Matriculation Program
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Pharmacy Sciences

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • School of Medicine

Biography

Victoria F. Roche is Professor of Pharmacy Sciences at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Dr. Roche received the Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1973, and both the Masters and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedicinal Chemistry from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy, the latter in 1981. She joined the Creighton University pharmacy faculty in 1982 and has held numerous administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Development, and Associate Dean for Administration. Throughout her academic career she has been responsible for chemistry instruction in Creighton’s pharmacy program, and has offered courses in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences principles, rational drug design, independent research and Native American cultures and health. She has also developed an elective course that engages pharmacy students in reservation-based health and social service in a Navajo community. Dr. Roche is the Past President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and has served the Association as a member of the Janus Commission, Argus Commission, the Caring for the Underserved Task Force, and Chair of both the Section of Teachers of Chemistry and the Women Faculty Special Interest Group. She was the recipient of the 2007 AACP Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award. With Creighton and/or external colleagues, she was a recipient of AACP Innovations in Teaching Awards in 1997, 1999 and 2007, was recognized with an Honorable Mention for her 2002 and 2005 Innovations portfolios, and received the 2000 AACP Lyman Award. In 2014 she was recognized by the AACP Chemistry Section with the Dr. James E. Wynn Memorial Award. She was the 2012 AACP appointee to the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and was ACPE’s appointee to the 2013 CAPE Advisory Panel. She also served on the ACPE Board Standards Revision Subcommittee that produced Standards 2016. Dr. Roche is also a Past National President and Region V Councilor of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, and has long advised Creighton’s Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Society. She received the national Rho Chi Lecture Award in 2012, and currently serves as the National Historian. Dr. Roche has been the recipient of numerous pharmacy teaching and student service awards at Creighton. In 2010 she received the University’s prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, and she is a past recipient of the University's Distinguished Faculty Administrator Award and the Disability Support Services Director’s Award. Her educational research centers on the effective instruction of medicinal chemistry to professional students, the use of written and computerized case studies in the instruction of practice-oriented medicinal chemistry, and the impact of focused education and mentored immersion experiences on IHS career selection. She is an assistant editor and case study author of Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, author of the Cancer and Chemotherapy chapter in the 6th and 7th editions, co-author of the Central Analgesics chapter for the 7th edition, and a co-author of Essentials of Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Roche is also a case author on the Review of Organic Functional Groups textbook (Lemke), a co-author of The Medicinal Chemistry Case Study Workbook, and a co-author of the Computerized Therapeutic Case Studies in Medicinal Chemistry CD. Dr. Roche’s pedagogical research has been funded by AACP, SmithKline Beecham through the Grant Award to Pharmacy Schools program, and the Midwest Consortium on Service Learning in Higher Education. She has also been funded through the NIH's Academic Research Enhancement Program, and holds a patent on the synthesis and use of bicyclic hexahydroaporphines and octahydroisoquinolines in lowering intraocular pressure.

Education

  • Ph.D. Biomedicinal Chemistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center (12/1981)
  • M.S. Biomedicinal Chemistry, University of Nebraska Lincoln (5/1976)
  • B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Spanish, Nebraska Wesleyan University (5/1973)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University,B.S.(Chem.) B.S.,to 1973
  • University of Nebraska,M.S.,to 1976
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center,Ph.D.,to 1976

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Roche, V.F. and Zito, S.W., Assistant Editors, Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 7th Edition, T.L. Lemke, D.A. Williams, V.F. Roche and S.W. Zito, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. (Case Studies and Clinical Scenario Chemical Justifications), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012
  • Roche, V.F., “Cancer and Chemotherapy” in Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 7th Edition, T.L. Lemke, D.A. Williams, V.F. Roche and S.W. Zito, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012
  • Williams, D.A., Roche, V.F., Roche, E.B. “Central Analgesics” in Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 7th Edition, T.L. Lemke, D.A. Williams, V.F. Roche and S.W. Zito, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012
  • Lemke, T.L, Zito, S.W., Roche, V.F., and Williams, D.A. Essentials of Foye (editors and authors). Anticipated publication date 2016

Articles

  • Roche, V.F. “The Sustained Positive Impact of an Elective Course Experience on Native American Culture and Health on Students’ Education and Practice-Related Choices.” Am J Pharm Educ. 78(9):Article 172 (Invited), American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(9), 2014
  • Medina, M.S., Plaza, C.M., Stowe, C.D., Robinson, E.T., DeLander, G., Beck, D.E., Melchert, R.B., Supernaw, R.B., Roche, V.F., Gleason, B.L., Strong, M.N., Bain, A., Meyer, G.E., Dong, B.J., Rochon, J., Johnson, P. “Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education 2013 Educational Outcomes.” Am J Pharm Educ. 77(8):Article 162., American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(8), 2013
  • Henriksen, B.S., and Roche, V.F. “Medicinal Chemistry Learning Communities Enhanced By Technology and Interdisciplinary Collaboration.” Am J Pharm Educ. 76(8):Article 158 (Invited), American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 76(8), 2012
  • Roche, V.F., Limpach, A.L. “Teaching for Tomorrow: A Collaborative and Reflective Academic Rotation Experience.” Am J Pharm Educ. 75(6):Article 120. (Invited), American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75(6), 2011
  • Alsharif, N.A., Roche, V.F., Qi, Y. “Students’ Perception of Self-Efficacy Following a Medicinal Chemistry Skills Lab Exercise.” Am J Pharm Ed (in press), American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Presentations

  • Roche, V.F., “Positive Impact of Elective Courses in Native American Cultures and Health on Career-Related Choices” AACP Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX July 27-30., 2014
  • Alsharif, N.A., Roche, V.F. “Reinforcing the Relevance of Medicinal Chemistry to Contemporary Pharmacy Practice in Pharmacy Skills Lab” AACP Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX July 27-30., 2014
  • Delta Iota of Rho Chi (April 19, 2013) University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy “Listen Up! Five Important Lessons for Rho Chi Compliments of the USMC”, 2013
  • Alpha Epsilon of Rho Chi (April 12, 2012) University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy “Reflecting on the Fine Print: The “So What?” of Rho Chi”, 2012
  • Roche, V.F., Augustine, S.C., Limpach, A.L., Alsharif, N.A., DeSimone, E.M., Wilson, A.F., Puhl, A.N. “Integrating Basic and Clinical Sciences Education: From Philosophy & Process to Implementation & Assessment" AACP Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX July 9-13., 2011
  • Western University of New England School of Pharmacy: Faculty Development Day (April 14) “What + So What?: Integrating Rigor and Relevance to Engage & Empower”, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award, Creighton University Committee on the Status of Women, 2016
  • Dr. James E. Wynn Memorial Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry Section , 2015
  • Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation, Creighton University, 2015
  • Outstanding Pharmacy Educator Award, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2014
  • Dr. Pete Ellerbeck Memorial Award, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2013
  • National Rho Chi Lecture Award Recipient, Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, 2012
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Excellence in Leadership Award, Creighton University, 2011