Judith Garrard, PhD, is a research psychologist with postgraduate training in epidemiology. She is has been a professor at the University of Minnesota since 1971.She is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the School of Public Health and Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health. Dr. Garrard teaches graduate courses in research methods and program evaluation in health and mental health programs. Her research specialty is pharmacoepidemiology and patient outcomes, with a focus on prescription drug use by elderly people in the community, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Her peer reviewed publications include papers on psychotropic drug use, including antipsychotics, antidepressants, and antianxiety drugs. Over the past 10 years, she has led a team of colleagues in pharmacy, neurology, and biostatistics in NIH funded research on the use of antiepileptic drug use by nursing home residents. Her past research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, AHRQ, HCFA, and private foundations including the AARP-Andrus Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, and the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists. In 1989, Dr. Garrard received the Leonard M. Schuman Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 1991 a Career Research Award in social and behavioral geriatrics from the National Institute on Aging, NIH. In 1999, her book, Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, was published by Aspen Publications, Inc.; 2nd edition: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2007; and 3rd edition: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2010.