Clinical Pharmacy Training and Specialty
in Psychiatry and Neurology
With a 40+ year career in pharmacy, I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings (e.g., retail, hospital, outpatient, academia, research, consultation for mental health agencies and developmental disabilities) and as an expert witness in pharmacology and toxicology.
Major Fields of Interest - Psychiatry and Neurology (Neuropsychiatry) Pharmacy Practice
My primary clinical interests are the care of neuropsychiatric patients and in consulting on difficult-to-treat patients and those with co-morbid medical and psychiatric disorders. My clinical and research interests include autistic disorder, Tourette's disorder, eating disorders, women's mental health, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perimenopause and menopausal mood disorders, geriatric psychopharmacology, pain management, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Currently, my special interests include the relationship of nutrition, exercise, sleep and hormonal changes on neuropsychiatric disorders and the impact on neurotransmitter activity; polypharmacy of psychotropic agents; pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic drug interactions; gender differences in prescribing classes of psychotropic agents; the impact of folate and vitamin D deficiency on health; and tobacco cessation intervention programs.
University of Kansas: B.A. Biology, 1972; B.S. Pharmacy, 1974
University of Arizona: M.S. Pharmacy, 1982; Residency in Psychiatry, 1982