Erika  Cretton-Scott
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
2223 CHS Building 2

Erika Cretton-Scott was drawn to Samford University because of its focus in and dedication to teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at McWhorter School of Pharmacy, she worked for Idenix Pharmaceuticals, a small biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that focused on drug development in the area of antivirals, specifically for HIV, HBV and HCV treatment. In her current role at McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Cretton-Scott teaches pharmacology and sterile compounding; she especially enjoys training students in sterile compounding as it provides great opportunities to interact one-on-one and build relationships with students.

In her spare time, Cretton-Scott enjoys reading and long walks with her husband. One of her favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Health Care Interpretation Certification, Samford University


  • Community of Hope Health Clinic, health care interpreter
    • Service language: Spanish
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Lambda Sigma, National Pharmacy Leadership Society, 2015

Recent Publications 

  • "What Impact Does the Use of Mean versus Median Statistics." Have on Student Grading? Kenneth D. Royal, Erika Cretton Scott, Terri M. Wensel.Education in the Health Professions; August 2020; 3(2) pp. 82-84

  • "Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety among Student Pharmacists." Renee M. DeHart , Pharm. D., BCPS, FCCP; Andrew Smith, Pharm.D. ; Erika Cretton-Scott , Ph.D.; Rachel M. Slaton , Pharm. D., BCPS & Katherine Smith , Pharm.D. International Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy; December 2020; 8(2) pp. 1-8

Research Areas

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Exploring ways to integrate the basic sciences within the pharmacy curriculum through the development of laboratory exercises/elective courses


  • Pharmacology
  • Sterile Compounding