One of the major pillars of the 2025 AAPP Strategic Plan is to implement the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as core values within AAPP. In addition to forming a DEI Committee and appointing a DEI representative to the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity, one of the first major objectives is to assess the diversity of the AAPP membership.

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As their first order of business, your DEI Committee spent considerable time evaluating what demographic information to collect, as well as updating the practice details collected, to allow AAPP to:

  1. Benchmark the profession of psychiatric pharmacy to pharmacy globally, and to other health professions, as we consider initiatives to diversify our profession.
  2. Adapt or create education, services, tools, and other resources to better serve the unique characteristics of our membership.
  3. Establish future DEI goals and objectives to meet the needs of the membership and the patients we serve.

“We are asking important questions regarding the background of members as a means to continue to advance DEI as a core value in AAPP,” says DEI Committee Chair Ben Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP. “With our current membership application including no demographic information requests, AAPP is limited in understanding the make-up of our membership and how our diversity compares to the whole pharmacy profession, as well as other health professions. This information will also help us to know how we can impact change to better diversify our profession and our association.”

All AAPP members are encouraged to complete both the new demographics and updated practice details pages within their AAPP member profile as soon as possible by clicking on the above button or under My AAPP at Members who do not wish to provide this data, are still asked to complete both membership profile pages where the option to select the “prefer not to respond” option is consistently available. Per AAPP’s privacy policy, this additional information, including demographic information, may be used for internal organizational purposes but will not be shared publicly with any identifiers. As with all member data, AAPP may continue to compile and distribute any information in its database in an aggregated de-identified format.

AAPP President Cindy Gutierrez, PharmD, BCPP lauded the work of the DEI Committee and this forward progress. “Understanding the diversity of our membership is key to our future success as an association as we seek to identify goals that advance the profession, our organization, and our members. The Board thanks the DEI Committee for their diligent research and work on this project. We hope that every member of AAPP will take 5 minutes out of their day to update their AAPP profile as soon as possible.”

Please outreach to with any questions or technical challenges in completing this profile information.



Members of AAPP’s DEI Committee

  • Azita Alipour, PharmD, BCPP
  • Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCACP, BCPP
  • Jeremy Daniel, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS
  • Shadi Doroudgar, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCPP
  • Marcus Ellis, PharmD, BCPP
  • Suzanne C. Harris, PharmD, BCPP
  • Joshua Knebel, PharmD
  • Brenda K. Schimenti, MS
  • Tawny L. Smith, PharmD, BCPP
  • Julie A. Thiel, PharmD, BCPP
  • Carolanne C. Wartman, PharmD, BCPS
  • Mark D. Watanabe, PharmD, BCPP, PhD