Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

High Demand,
Real Impact

The Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy unites patient-centered care with health-system insights and analysis. Our faculty represent a wide range of clinical and research specialties—from community pharmacy and geriatrics to oncology and psychiatry.

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The Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy is home to recognized leaders in pharmacy education, practice and research. Our faculty’s nation-leading expertise addresses some of the most challenging and complex issues of our time—from managing chronic diseases, polypharmacy and addictive disorders to addressing health inequities and approaches to stopping the spread of COVID-19. We attract students who share our commitment to innovation and our desire to solve intractable health issues, shape the future of the profession and improve the lives of people everywhere.

Paul Beringer, PharmD

Chair, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

The department’s mission is three-fold:

Meet the Faculty

Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM, APh, BCACP

Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM, APh, BCACP

Melissa Durham's expertise includes ambulatory care practice, community pharmacy-based patient care programs and pain management.
Houda Alachkar, PharmD, PhD

Houda Alachkar, PharmD, PhD

Houda Alachkar focuses on the identification and functional characterization of therapeutic targets in acute myeloid leukemia.
Steven W. Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP

Steven W. Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP

Steven Chen is a national leader on expanding the scope of pharmacy practice to improve patient outcomes and save health care dollars.
Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP

Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP

Expert in psychopharmacology, particulary pediatric psychopharmacology and the treatment of mood disorders
Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Leader in eliminating pharmacy deserts and promoting access to, and safe use of, medications
Carla Blieden, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP

Carla Blieden, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP

Carla Blieden is an expert in clinical management of HIV and public health within the pharmacy realm.

Department News

When Donna Keissami, PharmD ’08, published "Maddie Visits the Pharmacist," she fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a children’s book. Here, she talks about how the book helps children understand prescribed medications and encourages students to use their pharmacy knowledge to "branch out" within the field.
Meet third-year PharmD student Jafar Essayli, whose experience working with elementary school students with special needs inspired him to pursue pharmacy. Here, the Cypress, Calif. native shares why he chose to attend the USC School of Pharmacy and how his past experiences with mentorship and teaching encouraged him to pursue an area of concentration in education.