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M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCCP
Dean • The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

M. Lynn Crismon is Dean of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and holder of the James T. Doluisio Regents Chair and the Behrens Centennial Professor in Pharmacy at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Crismon received his BS degree in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a joint program of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He completed residencies in pharmacy practice at the USPHS Gallup Indian Medical Center and in psychiatric pharmacy practice at The University of Texas and San Antonio State Hospital, and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded summer fellowship in biomedical ethics at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics, at Georgetown University.  He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, and board certified in psychiatric pharmacy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Prior to becoming dean his research and practice focused on evidence-based psychiatry and the development and evaluation of strategies to improve the pharmacotherapy and health outcomes of adults and children with severe and persistent mental disorders.  He continues to work on efforts to improve the quality of mental health care for children and adolescents, including active collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the REACH Institute in New York.  He is passionate about teaching and teaches clinical psychopharmacology and therapeutics to UT Southwestern – Austin psychiatry residents as well as Pharm.D. students.

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Linda Albrecht, MBA, RPh.
Regional Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Internship Program, The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Linda Albrecht received a BS degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed a residency in pharmacy practice at Rhode Island Hospital. From 1984 to 1994, Linda was Education Coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System. Currently, Linda serves Instructor and Internship Coordinator in the pharmacy technician training program at Richland College in Dallas, Texas and as a Regional Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth internship program for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. She also works as a consultant pharmacist in ambulatory surgery centers.

Linda is Past President of the Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she has also served as Secretary, Director and Annual Seminar Chairperson. Linda has served the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Secretary, Co-Chair for the 1992 and 1995 Annual Seminars, Membership Group Chair, and Awards Group Chair. Since 1998 she has served as Executive Secretary for Alcalde, The Southwest Leadership Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. Linda was the first recipient of the Pharmacist Recognition Award presented by the Technician Section of TSHP and received the Individual Educational Excellence Award presented by the Texas Pharmacy Association. In May of 2004, she received the NISOD Excellence Award given by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Community College Leadership Program. Linda was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Other memberships include the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians. Linda and her husband Jon, have been married for 25 years and have a 3 daughters, Natalie, Rosemary and Christy. In her spare time, Linda enjoys showing dogs, cross-stitching, walking and attending professional sporting events.

Todd W. Canada, Pharm.D., BCNSP, FASHP, FTSHP
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Todd Canada is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he is a member of the ICU/critical care service and nutrition support team that participates in the care and education of hospitalized as well as home patients.

He received his BS in pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and completed his PharmD from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. He also completed a specialized residency in Nutrition Support / Critical Care at the University of Tennessee-Memphis in 1994. He became board certified in nutrition support in 1995 and recertified in 2003.

He is an active member of ASHP, TSHP, ACCP, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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Patrick J. Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean-Academic Affairs • The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

Dr. Davis received the B.S. in Pharmacy “with distinction” in 1973 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  During his undergraduate studies, he participated in the NSF Undergraduate Research Program, and was awarded the CRC Achievement Award in Chemistry, the Merck Award in Pharmaceutics, and the National Kilmer Prize for his research in natural products chemistry.  He continued his education in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the University of Iowa, and received the Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1976.  During his graduate studies, he served as a teaching assistant, NIH sponsored research assistant, and Lilly Foundation Fellow.

In 1976, Dr. Davis accepted a position as a Welch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Drug Dynamics Institute at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  In 1978, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  In 1982, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1986 was promoted to Full Professor and was appointed as Head of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry (serving until 1996).  In January 1993, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas, and in 2007 as Senior Associate Dean, and has principal responsibilities in faculty development, curriculum implementation, and accreditation.  He holds the Eckerd Centennial Professorship in Pharmacy.

Dr. Davis’ administrative and service responsibilities have included participation on numerous standing and ad hoc committees.  He has served on the Curriculum Committee every year since joining the Faculty in 1978, served as Chairman from 1982-1985 during the development of the differentiated professional program, and currently serves ex officio as Sr. Assoc. Dean.  He has chaired the Program Assessment Team and the Academic Support Committee since their inception.  Dr. Davis has been extensively involved at the University level in representing faculty in governance, education, and technology-related issues.  He served as Chair of the University Council (the primary faculty governance body) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of that body.  He has served on numerous university committees that focus on education technology, and currently chairs the Research & Education Technology Committee for the campus.  At the National Level, Dr. Davis is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where he has served as Chair of the Chemistry Section, as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as numerous standing and ad hoc committees.  Dr. Davis has served as a site-team accreditation reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) for over a decade.  He is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society (Pharmacy), the Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society (Chemistry), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and is a member and Faculty Advisor to Phi Lambda Sigma (the Pharmacy Leadership Society).

Dr. Davis’ teaching activities include required pharmacy coursework in antibiotics, metabolism, and pharmacogenomics; P4 internships focusing on academic preparation; elective courses in antibiotics and on emerging infections; a Freshman Signature Course on “Really Bad Bugs: Twelve Diseases that Changed the World”; and graduate courses in metabolism, antibiotics, and advanced medicinal chemistry concepts.  He was the recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award (TETA Award) in 1983 and 2000, and was also presented the University of Texas James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising in 1994.  Dr. Davis was elected to the University of Texas “Academy of Distinguished Teachers” in 1995, which carries the lifetime title of “Distinguished University Teaching Professor.”  He was the inaugural recipient of the University of Texas DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment) “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2006.  In 2010, he was selected for a “Regents Outstanding Teaching Award” by the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, and in 2012 he as selected for the University of Texas “President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.”  In 2013 he was elected as an inaugural member of the University of Texas System’s Academic of Distinguished Teachers.

Dr. Davis’ research has focused on (1) drug metabolism and biopharmaceutical analysis, and (2) the impact of technology (including instructional, informational, and distance technologies) on pharmacy education.  He has over seventy-five publications and over one hundred fifty abstracts to meetings of learned societies.

Bryson Duhon, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy • The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Dr. Duhon practices in the Adult Internal Medicine setting, where he is involved with the medical management of the adult hospitalized patient. His principal interests include infectious diseases, diabetes, and innovative pedagogical techniques.

April Hinds, Pharm.D.

April Hinds is from Little Rock, AR. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with her PharmD in 2013. She completed her PGY1 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville, Arkansas and completed a specialty PGY2 in ambulatory care at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. She works as a clinical ambulatory care pharmacist at CommUnityCare in Austin, Texas and serves as the ambulatory care regional experiential coordinator for Austin/Temple/Waco at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.

Julia Janich, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

Julia Janich is currently Director of Pharmacy at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (Texas Health Resources). Prior professional experiences include managerial and educational roles in institutional settings; practice interests include diabetes mellitus, outcomes demonstration, and adult education. Julia received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ferris State University, her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her PharmD from the University of Texas at Austin. Professional memberships: ASHP, TSHP, MSHP, AIHP. TSHP appointments: ACPE Coordinator (6/93 - 4/97); Director, R & E Foundation (6/93 - 4/97); regional coordinator for technician certification examination (Spring, 1993); 1992 Annual Seminar program committee. Other activities: Richland Community College Pharmacy Technology Advisory Committee (1993 - 2001), Texas State Board of Pharmacy Internship Task Force (1994-5).

Sara Linedecker, Pharm.D.

Sara Linedecker graduated from the Purdue University College of Pharmacy (PharmD 2013).  She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Indiana University Health and recently completed a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and CommUnityCare. Her practice interests include: diabetes, hypertension, anticoagulation, and dyslipidemia.

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Debra A. Lopez, Pharm.D.
Adjunct Clinical Professor, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and
Regional Medical Liaison, Sanofi US

Debra Lopez received her PharmD from the University of Texas.  She completed an ambulatory care residency at the University of Texas and Blackstock Family Practice.  She worked at UT for 14 years with her last her as Clinical Professor and offered an ambulatory care student rotation for several students and residents.  She also had previous roles as a clinical coordinator, ambulatory care coordinator and regional director for Austin/Temple/Waco.  She’s currently a cardiovascular regional medical liaison with Sanofi US with a role in both education and research.  

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William J. McIntyre, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Programs Clinical Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice

Dr. McIntyre earned his B.S. in pharmacy (1982) and his Pharm.D. (1988) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He completed a pharmacy residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. (1982-83), a clinical residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center (1987-1989), and a fellowship in cancer immunology from the UT Austin College of Pharmacy and University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (1991-1993).

McIntyre provides leadership for clinical and pharmacy practice program development, post-Pharm.D. clinical training programs, and the Pharm.D. experiential program. In addition, he serves as the administrative liaison to the cooperative pharmacy programs with UTPA and the University of Texas at El Paso. He also serves as a critical administrative liaison in interactions with other academic health units on the UT Austin, UTHSCSA, and UT Southwestern campuses as well as with major health care provider institutions.

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Jennifer Ridings-Myhra, B.S.
Assistant Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs • The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Jennifer Ridings-Myhra has worked at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy since June 1986, first as Associate Director of Professional Affairs and since 1995 as Assistant Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs. Her responsibilities at the College include serving as director of the College's state-wide experiential program, other curriculum responsibilities, lecturer in several pharmacy courses, coordinator of the P3 Professional Development Convocation, secretary to the Texas Pharmacy Congress and student affairs-related activities. She also serves as the College’s liaison to the TSBP and NABP on internship and examination matters, and coordinates activities of the Texas Consortium on Experiential Programs..

Sharon Rush, R.Ph.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice • The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Sharon Rush received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986.  Sharon Rush practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor during her 23 years with a large community pharmacy chain.  She has been involved with different patient care programs such as pharmacy-based immunizations, health screenings, Medication Therapy Management and Disease State Management. 

She is a certified instructor for the APhA “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” certficate program, the APhA “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community” certificate program and is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor.  She was honored with the “Friend of UT-APhA-ASP” award in 2010 and 2011 for her involvement with their health screening events. 

Professor Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice in July 2010.  Her focus is on the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in the P3 year where she coordinates the Clinical Skills: Community Care course.  She teaches the undergraduate course “Drugs in Our Society” and the signature course “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer”.   She serves as an advisor for three student organizations:  UT-APhA-ASP, Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine.

Sharon Rush is a member of several national, state and local organizations such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists’ Association.   She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2012 and is the current Secretary on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.  She serves on the Seton SW Hospital Advisory Council.

Sharon Rush's areas of interest include the clinical and direct patient care aspects of community practice and their impact on improving the health outcomes of her patients.  These aspects include Medication Therapy Management, immunizations and health screenings.


Last Reviewed: July 14, 2015

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