CAP Center Leadership

The CAP Center is led by a Director, Operations Director, and Senior Scientist. The CAP Center Director provides guidance and integration of Center activities and functions. The Operational Director is responsible for day-to-day Center activities, working with external partners and stakeholders, and reporting requirements. The Senior Scientist leads the efforts to accelerate the research endeavors of investigators utilizing the Center. They have experience as lead researchers, securing research funding, and authoring publications.  


CAP Center Director 
Elizabeth Skoy, PharmD 

Dr. Skoy serves as the CAP Center Director. She has been instrumental in development of the Center. Dr. Skoy has experience in community pharmacy, grant procurement, and research activities. She has expertise in a delivery of pharmacist provided clinical services including prevention of opioid misuse and overdose, community pharmacist prescribed naloxone, immunization education, and addressing mental health stigma. Dr. Skoy has also been recognized as an innovator in pharmacy education. Her research interests include advancement in pharmacy practice, innovation in pharmacy education, and the impact pharmacists can have on patient populations, specifically at the community pharmacy level.  

In addition to her responsibilities as the CAP Center Director, Dr. Skoy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at North Dakota State University. Dr. Skoy has a clinical site at Thrifty White Pharmacy and is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the North Dakota Pharmacists Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  

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CAP Director of Operations
Lisa Nagel, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Nagel serves as the Director of Operations for the CAP Center at NDSU.  She graduated from NDSU with her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2004 and has remained in the Fargo area.  Her experience has been primarily within the inpatient pharmacy and operations of hospital pharmacy.  Dr. Nagel has worked in the clinical setting including Anticoagulation, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Internal Medicine, Emergency Room, Sterile Compounding and Central Pharmacy Operations.  She moved into a pharmacy leadership role in 2010, and has served in coordinator, supervisory and Director of Pharmacy roles.  Her expertise lies in the planning, education, implementation and follow up of new pharmacy roles, projects, and processes.  She was responsible for the startup of an inpatient rehabilitation hospital pharmacy and led pharmacists, interns and technicians in the transition of a hospital pharmacy in Fargo.

Dr. Nagel is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, North Dakota Pharmacists Association and North Dakota Society of Health System Pharmacists.  She has worked as a preceptor for both pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents.

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CAP Center Senior Scientist 
Mark Strand, PhD, MS, CPH 

Dr. Mark Strand serves as the CAP Center Senior Scientist. He has significant experience in epidemiology research and translational research. He serves as the lead on project design and execution.  His experience in designing and carrying out translational research lends itself to expertise in designing and implementing proposed research that can be upscaled and which improves population health. Dr. Strand has expertise in primary prevention of opioid misuse, application of public health science to pharmacy practice, program evaluation of Maternal and Child Health work in North Dakota, and translational research of the Diabetes Prevention Program into China. 

In addition to his responsibilities as CAP Center Senior Scientist, Dr. Strand is a Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health at North Dakota State University. His affiliations include: Editorial Board Member American Journal of Public Health, Governing Councilor North Dakota Public Health Association, former Associate Editor Preventing Chronic Disease journal. None of these affiliations present a potential conflict of interest. 

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