The American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP) is pleased to announce the selection of Charles Caley, PharmD, BCPP, as the recipient of the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award. Dr. Caley is a Clinical Professor and Chair at Western New England University in Springfield, MA.

This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and represents the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, a passion for optimizing patient care, and continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. The Saklad Memorial Award is named after the late Judith J. Saklad and will be presented at the 2023 AAPP Annual Meeting.

Those who nominated Dr. Caley had this to say:

  • Charlie has provided significant academic contributions to enhance the knowledge, and the career growth of so many of us. He is well deserving of the Saklad award.
  • His dedication and passion are incomparable to others.
  • He epitomizes the type of psychiatric pharmacist that we desire in our organization.
  • Charlie is always generous and gracious in his conversations. He is also honest about the challenges and doesn't sugar coat things so that people can develop real world plans that will work.

Charles Caley received his BS Pharm and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to pursuing his PharmD, he practiced community pharmacy on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Following his PharmD, he completed a two-year specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacotherapy. Year one was completed at the Institute of Mental Health in Cranston, Rhode Island, and year two at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington. He has been board certified in psychiatric pharmacy since 1996.

The bulk of Dr. Caley’s psychiatric pharmacy career has been spent as a clinical faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy with the Institute of Living in Hartford as his practice site. For the more than 20 years he provided outpatient psychopharmacology consultations, was a treatment team member for the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, precepted more than 350 PharmD students, taught in the psychiatry residency training programs, directed a psychiatric pharmacy residency, and contributed to research and scholarship as a member of the Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education. During his academic career he has been recognized for his experiential teaching, innovations of practice, and clinical psychopharmacology teaching. Currently he is a consultant for the IOL’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency training program and Post-Graduate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. As a department chair at WNE, he has been leading and supporting a group of talented faculty who are improving treatment outcomes of citizens in Western Massachusetts.

Dr. Caley’s scholarship has targeted three areas – movement disorders associated with antidepressant treatment, metabolic effects of second-generation antipsychotics, and mental illness stigma in healthcare. He has in turn published peer-reviewed scholarship and delivered platform presentations of related topics.

Dr. Caley is a founding member of CPNP/AAPP and a founding circle member of the CPNP/AAPP Foundation. Since its inception he has served in several capacities including program committee chair, public and professional relations committee chair, at-large board member, President, and CPNP Foundation President – currently he is a member of the Employer Resource Center Task Force and a chapter author for the Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Book. Beyond CPNP/AAPP, he has also chaired the psychiatric pharmacy specialty council for BPS and completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Finally, and most importantly, Dr. Caley has been married to his wonderful wife Linda for more than 30 years. Together they have three grown children: daughters Rachel and Sarah, and son Jonathan.

Congratulations to Dr. Caley!