Lawrence J Cohen, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCP

Professor of PharmacotherapyLawrence Cohen 3


Education & Experience:

I have always had an interest in healthcare and behavior. I began my healthcare career at UCLA Medical Center as a Nursing Assistant and later ECG Technician. I received a BA in Biology from UCLA, where I studied animal behavior. I have received a PharmD from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, where I also completed my postdoctoral residency in psychiatric pharmacy at the LA County/USC Medical Center. I have held full-time Pharmacy faculty positions for over 30 years including the University of California at San Francisco, University of Maryland, University of Oklahoma, University of Cincinnati and Washington State University (WSU). I served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy at WSU and have held appointments in Colleges of Medicine at nearly all of my previous institutions. Examples of concurrent service positions are Director of Pharmaceutical Services for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (overseeing pharmacy operations for three large state hospitals and numerous state-operated and contracted private nonprofit community mental health centers), Director of Clinical Pharmacology Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services Division (providing and managing statewide clinical consult services) and Director of the Office of Clinical Trials for the University of Cincinnati.

Teaching Areas & Interests:

I have been involved in both professional, postdoctoral residency education in pharmacy and medicine for more than 25 years. My teaching efforts in PharmD programs have focused mainly on psychiatric and neurological disorders. I have taught in a variety of courses such as Pharmacotherapy, Introduction to Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Skills Laboratory, and Professional Communications as well as some lectures in Pharmaceutical Sciences, such as PK/PD in Drug Development. I have had the opportunity to supervise and mentor students, residents and junior faculty who I am proud to say are now among my professional colleagues. Throughout my career I have been involved in interprofessional education and practice and serve on the UNTHSC Interprofessional Education and Practice Advisory Committee and Curriculum Committee.

Professional Activities & Awards:

I am an active member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, National Academies of Practice, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. I have been elected and served as both President and Regent of the ACCP (Pharmacy) and have served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ACCP (Pharmacy) Research Institute. I have been elected a Fellow of the ASHP, ACCP (Pharmacy) and ACCP (Pharmacology) and appointed Distinguished Practitioner of the Pharmacy Academy of the National Academies of Practice. I served two years as Secretary of the Board of Regents of the ACCP (Pharmacology) and currently serve as Treasurer. I am also a founding Member of the Board of Directors of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. I was appointed to and served for six years as a member of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council and currently serve on the Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Council and the Employer Advisory Committee. 

Scholarly Interests:

My research and scholarly interests include development of new/novel treatments for psychiatric disorders, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications, geriatric psychopharmacology, pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, health disparities and emergency preparedness (specifically, access and affordability of healthcare during times of crisis).

Select Publications:

Cohen LJ, Donnenberg VS, Wiernik PH, Newman WC, Amankulor N; Core Entrustable Professional Activities in Clinical Pharmacology for Entering Residency: Value of Interprofessional Health-Care Teams in Medication Prescribing and Medication Error Prevention. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2018.  S8(7) 843-848

Warnock JK, Cohen, LJ, Blumenthal H, Hammond JE; Hormone-related Migraine Headaches and Mood Disorders: Treatment with Estrogen Stabilization. Pharmacotherapy 2017 37(1); 120-128

Donnenberg VS, Burris JF, Wiernik PH, Cohen LJ, Korth-Bradley JM; How to Fix the Dangerous Lack of Clinical Pharmacology Education in the Medical Profession: The Generation of Core Entrustable Professional Activities in Clinical Pharmacology for Entering Residency. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2016. S6(10) 1177-1179

Tsai MT, Erickson SR, Cohen LJ, Wu CH. 2016. The Association between Comorbid Anxiety Disorders and the Risk of Stroke among Patients with Diabetes: An 11-year Population-based Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of Affective Disorders 202 (2016) 178-186

Jann, MW, Penzak SR, Cohen, LJ (ed.). Applied Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Psychopharmacological Agents. Adis; 2016

Page RL, Hume, AL, Trujillo JM, Leader WG, Vardeny O, Neuhauser MM, Dang D, Nesbit S, Cohen LJ 2009. Interprofessional Education: Principles and Application: A Framework for Clinical Pharmacy. Pharmacotherapy 29(3): 145e-164e.

Link to Dr. Cohen’s University Profile

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