The AAPP Foundation supports the Defining the Future Grant Program designed specifically for students/AAPP student chapters, residents, and fellows interested in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. This is an excellent opportunity to receive funding for a research project that will help define the future of neuropsychiatric pharmacy practice and improve the care of patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

2022 Grant Submissions

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To create a competitive selection process challenging students and residents to research innovative and cutting-edge practices that will impact the care of patients into the future, to share this work within the field of pharmacy, and to provide financial support to achieve these outcomes.

Grant Award

Grant applications are accepted annually May-August 31.

2022 Grant Recipients

Four researchers were selected to receive 2022 grants. Congratulations!

Nisha Bhavsar, PharmD, PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, USC School of Pharmacy: “The Relationship Between Opioid Overdose Death Rates and Buprenorphine Distribution to Retail Pharmacies in California in 2021”

Trisha McHugh, PharmD, PGY-2 Psychiatry Resident, Eskenazi Health: “Gender Health Client Perceptions of Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist Interactions: A Convergent Parallel Mixed Method Study”

Matthew Nuebel, PharmD, PGY1 Resident, Providence St. Patrick Hospital: “Major Adverse Events and Drug Discontinuation of Clozapine Based on Accordance to an International Titration Guideline”

Lusi Zhang, PharmD, MHI, PhD Student, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (ECP): “Real-World Utilization and Impact of Psychiatric Pharmacogenomic Testing in a Large Health System”

2021 Grant Recipient Posters

Grantees were required to submit an abstract of their research for poster consideration at the 2022 CPNP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. All four abstracts were accepted, and Logan Smith's project was the winner of the 2022 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award. Additional information about each project is available by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Kathryn Collins, PharmD, MSPH, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Resident, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center: Improving Documentation and Patient Education on Psychotropic Drug-Drug Interactions

Logan Smith, Pharmacy Student, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy: Prevalence of Impostor Phenomenon Among Graduate Students in Pharmacy and Counseling Psychology(CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award Winner)

Casey M. Tiefenthaler, PharmD, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, UC San Diego Health: Antidepressant Prescribing Patterns in Transgender Individuals Diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria and Mood or Anxiety Disorders(Research Trainee Award Finalist)

Kira Voyer, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center: Effects of a Mindfulness Intervention on Burnout of Pharmacists in a Safety Net Health Care System

2020 Grant Recipient Posters

2020 grant recipients presented their posters virtually during the 2021 CPNP Annual Meeting. View Foundation-funded poster PDFs by clicking the links below.

Madilyn Eberle, Pharmacy Student, Purdue University College of Pharmacy: "Assessing the Need for Gender Diverse Education Amongst Practicing Community Pharmacists"

Zach Krauss, Pharmacy Student, Cedarville University School of Pharmacy: "Analyzing the Effect Art Therapy Interventions and Wellness Programs Have on Graduate Pharmacy Students’ Mental Health"

Aaron Salwan, PharmD, MPH, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Monmouth Medical Center: "Perceptions and Efficacy of Brexanolone for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression: A Mixed Methods Analysis"

Kelsey Reivers, Pharmacy Student, Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences: "Assessing the Impact of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training on Health Profession Students’ Attitudes Towards Mental Health and Mental Health Literacy" (presented at 2022 CPNP Annual Meeting)

Andreea Temelie, PharmD, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital: "Deprescribing in Older Adults during Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization: Impact of Pharmacist Intervention and Interprofessional Collaboration"

2019 Grant Recipient Posters

Four research teams were awarded 2019 Defining the Future grants, and all four recipients had poster abstracts accepted for the CPNP 2020 Annual Meeting. Congratulations!

Josiah Allen, Pharmacy Student, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy:Determining Core Elements of Patient Pharmacogenomic Literacy

Nam Le, Pharmacy Student, Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences: “Comparing Student Pharmacist and Pharmacist Perceived Role in Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention

Jessica Liszka, PharmD, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center: "Implementation of Video Telehealth Clinical Pharmacy Services in a Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program at a VA Health Care System (VAHCS)"

Grace Marielle Singson, Pharmacy Student, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy: “Assessing Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Care Knowledge of USC School of Pharmacy Students

2018 Grant Recipient Posters

Grantees were required to submit an abstract of their research for poster consideration at the 2019 CPNP Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. All four abstracts were accepted, and the authors presented their posters during a scientific poster session.

Destiny Boutain, Pharmacy Student, Xavier University of Louisiana: Assessing Mental Health Knowledge Amongst HBCU Students

Abby MacCauley, Pharmacy Student, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Pharmacist and Pharmacy Student Wellness and Mental Health Analysis

Sarah Piccuirro, Pharmacy Student, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy: Incorporating Mental Health First Aid into Pharmacies and Pharmacy Schools: A Description of Methodology and Screening Results

Lusi Zhang, Pharmacy Student, University of Minnesota: BDNF Val66Met Polymorphisms, Antidepressant Use, and Cognitive Performance: A Moderation Analysis in Patients with Psychotic Disorders

2017 Grant Recipient Posters

Grantees were required to submit an abstract of their research for poster consideration at the 2018 CPNP Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. All three abstracts were accepted, and Amanda Colistro's project was the winner of the 2018 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award. The PDF of each poster is available to view by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Amanda Colistro*, PharmD Student, Midwestern University: Safe Opioid Prescribing Course Effect on Opioid Overdose Knowledge and Attitude Scales Across Multidisciplinary Students

*2018 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award recipient

Andrew Naglich, PharmD, VA North Texas Healthcare System: Association of SSRI/ SNRI Treatment with Substance Use Disorder Symptom Severity in Veterans with PTSD

Deepika Rao, Graduate Student, Duquesne University: Community Pharmacist and Substance Abuse Disorders: Attitudes, Knowledge and Practice.

2016 Grant Recipient Posters

As a requirement of grant, the 2016 grant recipients submitted their research abstracts for poster consideration at the 2017 CPNP annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. All four abstracts were accepted, and a PDF of each poster is available to view.

Andrew Kluemper, PharmD, University of Colorado Health & Anschutz and Lowry Internal Medicine Clinics, conducted a project entitled “Effect of Primary Care Provider Stigma on Appropriate PHQ-9 Administration.”

Jenni Ladutko, PharmD*, Veterans Administration Salt Lake City Healthcare System, will complete her project entitled “Implementation of a PolyphArmacy Clinic in Vulnerable Elders (PAVE Clinic) Within an Integrated Patient Aligned Care Team.”.

*2017 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award recipient

Samantha Themas, PharmD, Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, will research “Effect of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Intervention on Metabolic Markers in Patients Receiving Long-acting Antipsychotic Injections.

Tu Vuong, PharmD student from University of Southern California, will assess “Incorporating Clinical Pharmacy Service into Depression Management at a Primary Care Clinic.

2015 Grant Recipient Posters

Lauren J. Heath, PharmD: Influence of Patient Stigma on Depression Remission

Carroline P. Lobo, MS: Stigma in Adults with Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Migraine: A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions of Invalidation

Courtney Slough, PharmD: Comprehensive medication management (CMM) provided to veterans in an outpatient traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinic at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Natalie Valentino, PharmD: Assessment of Rationale in Refusal of Take-home Naloxone by Veterans at Risk for Opioid Overdose in the Primary Care Setting