Dr. Irwin received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Biophysics from Oregon State University and both a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. Subsequently, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and a fellowship in ambulatory care & practice-based research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She is board-certified ambulatory care specialist.
Dr. Irwin is active in a vareity of professional organizations at the local, state, and national level. She is a former Trustee of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and National President of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists. Recent professional involvement has focused on developing research skills for pharmacist and includes serving as the Chair for the ACCP Ambulatory Care Research & Scholarship Committee (2014 – 2015) and participation on the ACCP Taskforce for Collaborative Research Opportunities (2015 – 2016) and AACP Pharmacy Practice SIG Research Committee (2016 – current).
Dr. Irwin is trained in pharmacy practice research and has an interest in methods to justify clinical pharmacy services including quality measures and various evolving payment models. Her work has been funded by multiple organizations and she has contributed over 20 peer-reviewed publications.