Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice



Schnyer, Rosa N., D.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes
& Pharmacy Practice
PHR 3.208F

Research Interests

Depression and anxiety are complex, multifactorial and chronic disorders, with a significant burden to the individual and society. Major depressive disorder (MDD), for example predicts future suicide attempts, interpersonal problems, unemployment, and substance abuse and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. A significant proportion of individuals with depression do not receive adequate treatment and many people do not receive treatment at all. In the United States, only half of those who experienced MDD in the past year received treatment for it, and only 21% of the cases, received adequate treatment. Despite the widespread use of marketed antidepressants, between 19-34% of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) still do not respond to acute antidepressant treatment, 29-46% may fail to achieve and sustain a full remission, and between 15-50% will have a recurrence of depression despite continuous antidepressant treatment. Although non-pharmacological treatment options such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been found to be effective, only 50 - 66% of patients who receive CBT respond to acute treatment.

Dr. Schnyer's research focuses on the use of complementary therapies, especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the management of stress, depression and anxiety disorders, present alone or as part of complex, chronic conditions. Specifically, Dr. Schnyer is interested in evaluating the effect of acupuncture and Chinese herbs on sympathetic and parasympathetic function, inflammatory markers, stress hormones and clinical symptoms in patients with depression and anxiety. Dr. Schnyer is interested in developing novel treatments that can be delivered to large populations at low cost and that encourage and support patients to participate in their own care.

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Last Reviewed: August 24, 2011

Division Information

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

Email Address: pharmacy


Young Cited for Regents Teaching Honor

Dr. Veronica Young is the recipient of a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Barner Cited for Top Teaching Award

Dr. Jamie Barner was named as the recipient of the Educator of the Year at the first College of Pharmacy Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception.
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Brown Named APhA Fellow

Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named an APhA fellow.
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