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

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

Professor of Pharmacotherapy

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, Director of Clinical Pharmacology Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services Division and Director of the Office of Clinical Trials for the University of Cincinnati.

Teaching areas & interests in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences:

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 my professional colleagues.

Professional activities & awards:

I am an active member of many professional organizations that includes 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, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. I have been elected and served as both President and Regent of the ACCP (Pharmacy) and currently also serve as the 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 am also a founding Member of the Board of Directors of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

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).

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