USC Professor Installed as President of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Dopheide will serve as president for the 2013-2014 term for CPNP, a 1,000-member organization whose mission is to promote excellence in pharmacy practice, education and research to optimize treatment outcomes of individuals affected by psychiatric and neurologic disorders. She previously served on the board of the CPNP and chaired the Resident and New Practitioner committee in addition to active involvement in CPNP’s review course, recertification, and consumer relations committees.

Dr. Dopheide’s clinical practice and research is in line with the goals of the national organization, as it focuses on improving care for people with psychiatric illnesses. Her particular area of expertise includes child/adolescent psychopharmacology and general adult psychopharmacolgoy. She writes and updates pediatric psychotropic guidelines for the department of mental health for Los Angeles County. These guidelines are used across the state by mental health professionals.

In addition to providing service as part of adult and adolescent treatment teams at LAC+USC Medical Center, Dopheide worked with Steven Chen, associate professor and director of the School of Pharmacy ambulatory care residency program, and Paul Gregerson, chief medical officer of the JWCH Institute, to bring previously unavailable psychiatric pharmacy services to the Center for Community Health, a safety-net clinic in Skid Row. Dopheide and psychiatric pharmacy residents working under her direction have been providing comprehensive medication management services at the clinic since 2008.

“Psychiatric pharmacists can be a valuable asset in primary care clinics to help bridge the gap in providing comprehensive health care that includes quality psychiatric services,” she explains.

Aside from her CPNP involvement, Dopheide is also active in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, and educational publications, on topics including ADHD, depression, sleep, insomnia and drug-induced psychiatric disorders. Her upcoming projects include developing a model for collaborative care at Los Angeles County USC Child Guidance Center and working to expand interprofessional education for USC students.