Post-Pharm.D. Education and Training

Post Pharm.D. Education & Training

Post Pharm.D. Studies Leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Pharmacy Practice & Administration (with an emphasis in mental health outcomes research) Concurrent with a Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice
Psychiatric Pharmacy Program
Divisions of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration
The University of Texas at Austin and Affiliated Practice Institutions

The goal of The University of Texas post-Pharm.D. studies program in psychiatric pharmacy and mental health outcomes is to prepare individuals to become skilled both as mental health outcomes researchers and as clinicians in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and practice. Critical to the core values of our program is the philosophy that quality and meaningful outcomes research in psychiatry and mental health is facilitated by knowledge and skills in the care of individuals with mental disorders, and in understanding the unique characteristics of mental healthcare systems.

Our graduate degree program in mental health outcomes with a concurrent residency in psychiatric pharmacy is a challenging but achievable advanced program of study. [NOTE: If the individual has previously completed a residency in psychiatric pharmacy or is a BCPP, the residency requirement is satisfied.] Individuals successfully completing this program will be prepared for a variety of exciting and challenging career opportunities in academia, professional practice, managed mental health care, or the pharmaceutical industry. Recommended coursework for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees includes the following.

Current ongoing research efforts include development, implementation, and evaluation of: evidence based practices, including treatment algorithms and disease management programs for severely mentally ill adults and children; web based interventions to modify prescribing behavior; disease management for depression in diabetics in primary care; point of care laboratory monitoring of antipsychotic metabolic adverse effects, pharmacoepidemiology of psychotropic medication use; mental health care of foster children; mental health services for children and adolescents in primary care; Markov modeling of outcomes with VNS in treatment-resistant depression, and evaluation of the pharmacoeconomics of treating different mental disorders.

The UT Psychiatric Pharmacy Program has active collaborations with multiple other entities for conducting research or developing psychiatric pharmacy practice skills, including: Austin State Hospital, UT Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies, Texas Department of State Health Services, Seton Health Network, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Department of Veteran's Affairs Health Care System, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Texas Neurorehabilitation Center, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Department of Psychiatry, UTHSC at San Antonio Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Neuropsychiatry, and the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health at Columbia University. The UT Psychiatric Pharmacy Program is also a member of the Mental Health Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Additionally, the faculty collaborate with numerous faculty in other academic centers across the country.

Drs. Karen Rascati and Jamie Barner are the primary mentors for graduate research in mental health outcomes. A host of other outstanding faculty are available through the Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administrations Divisions and the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies.

Primary contact:
Tawny Smith, Pharm.D., BCPP
Director of Pharmacy
Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
Phone: 512-324-2027
FAX: 512-324-2125

Additional information about applying to the College's Pharmacy Practice & Administration graduate program can be accessed at:

Information about Dr. Crismon's research can be accessed at:

Information about Dr. Mican's research can be accessed at:

Information about the Texas collaborative mental health outcomes consortium and their research and experience with medication algorithms (TMAP/TIMA/CMAP) can be accessed at:

Information about the UT Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies can be accessed at:

Additional information about the residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice can be accessed at:

Last Reviewed: November 18, 2009

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmacy


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