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Kelly Lee, PharmD, MAS, BCPP, FCCP

Have you ever been asked, “What is a psychiatric pharmacist?” How many of us have wished that there was a resource that we can share with our colleagues, students and residents about what psychiatric pharmacists do and their value to patients and health systems?


Great news! CPNP and the Professional Affairs Committee has launched a campaign to promote psychiatric pharmacists to showcase our extensive knowledge and training and how we can improve the lives of the patients we serve. There is an expected shortage of psychiatrists and a growing need for additional qualified mental health clinicians to serve the 45 million adults with mental illness in any given year. Currently, there are more than 1000 board certified psychiatric pharmacists who can help meet the need by improving access and outcomes.

As part of the campaign, there are several new resources available for members to use. To access and download the infographic and Profiles of Psychiatric Pharmacists in Practice Settings, go to

The profiles of psychiatric pharmacists in practice feature our colleagues practicing in the following settings:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • VA Healthcare System
  • Psychiatric Hospital
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Telehealth

For those who are seeking information about the specialty, finding a residency or starting a new practice, go to Click “Practice Settings” for videos.

CPNP has also developed a PowerPoint Slide Deck that includes information about education, training and qualifications of psychiatric pharmacists, their expertise, and practice settings.

We encourage our members to use these resources in your professional activities to promote profession. Potential audience members for the campaign include:

  • Hospital CEO and Chiefs of Pharmacy: Justify the creation or expansion of neuropsychiatric pharmacist positions in the health system
  • State/County Officials: Justify payment for services or creation of pharmacist-driven services for behavioral health programs
  • Legislative policymakers: Justify payment for services by pharmacists
  • Non-pharmacist colleagues: Explain the need for pharmacists within mental health services and establish collaborations
  • CPNP Student Chapters or student-run organizations: Recruit students who have interest in psychiatry/neurology

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