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Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP - USC School of Pharmacy. Los Angeles, CA, US

Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP Julie Ann Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy | USC School of Pharmacy


Expert in psychopharmacology, particulary pediatric psychopharmacology and the treatment of mood disorders

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Dr. Dopheide is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist who provides clinical service for adults and children with psychiatric illness at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Her research has included assessing the tolerability of valproate loading doses, and expanding direct patient care roles for psychiatric pharmacists. She is USC’s PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency program director and supervises pharmacy residents and students in the provision of comprehensive medication management on the inpatient psychiatry service and in clinics. She is actively involved in teaching pharmacy students, medical students, allied health, and psychiatry residents in both the classroom and clinical settings.

Professor Dopheide's excellence as an educator is recognized nationally and internationally. She has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, and educational resources. She has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and twice served as a Healthcare Manpower Development Expert for the Ministry of Health in Singapore. She serves as an invited speaker for several national pharmacy organizations including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). She is currently vice-chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Psychiatric Specialty Council and served as President of CPNP in 2013-2014.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Eating Disorders

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd)

Comprehensive Medication Managment

Accomplishments (4)

Recipient of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

2020 Judith J. Saklad Memorial award for achieving a level of professional distinction as a senior psychiatric pharmacist

Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experience Preceptor of the Year

2017 - 2018 2001 - 2002

Professor of the Year


President of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

2013 - 2014

Education (2)

University of Southern California: Residency, Psychiatric Pharmacy 1989

University of Nebraska: Pharm.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences 1988

Affiliations (7)

  • Vice-chair Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Psychiatric Specialty Council: 2019-2021
  • American Society of Hospital Pharmacists : Member
  • American Pharmacists Association : Member
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy : Member
  • NAMI : Member
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists: Member
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Foundation: Founding Member

Selected Media Appearances (2)

Empathy, tech combine to improve autism awareness and research

USC News  


“Thanks to improved public health education on autism spectrum disorder, most parents and providers now recognize that vaccines do not cause ASD. Potential causes are many and include genetics and toxins in the environment"...

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Counseling Points for Treating Patients with Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia

Pharmacy Times  


Julie Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, outlines several counseling points for treating patients with depression, anxiety and insomnia...

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Research Focus (1)

Tolerability of Psychotropics

Dr. Dopheide's research includes investigating the tolerability of psychotropics and expanding roles for board certified psychiatric pharmacists to improve patient's health outcomes

Research Grants (2)

PGY2 Resident Research

Board of Pharmacy Specialties $5,000


Support an additional PGY2 resident

AMGEN $40,000


Selected Articles (8)

Do pharmacist employers prefer or require board certification?

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Fay Goldenshteyn, Julie Ann Dopheide, Mimi Lou

2019 The pharmacy profession has promoted the value of board certification, yet the impact of board certification on employment opportunities for pharmacists is largely unknown. This study aims to report employer preferences for board certification as indicated on job listings.

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Pharmacy resident teaching in psychiatry and neurology for pharmacy programs in the United States

The Mental Health Clinician

Julie Ann Dopheide

2018 The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Postgraduate Year 1 and Year 2 Residency Accreditation Standards require that residents demonstrate effective teaching skills. The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists' survey of pharmacy program curricula assessed resident teaching in psychiatry and neurology, however, results were not published. The objective of this article is to describe resident teaching in psychiatry and neurology curricula as reported by responses to the college's survey.

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Curriculum in Psychiatry and Neurology for Pharmacy Programs

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Julie Ann Dopheide; Lisa W Goldstone

2017 To describe pharmacy curricula in psychiatry and neurology and to report on neuropsychiatric pharmacy specialists' views on optimal curriculum. Design and administer one electronic survey to accredited pharmacy programs asking them to report information on curricula in psychiatry and neurology for the 2014-2015 academic year. Design and administer a separate electronic survey to board certified pharmacists with an academic affiliation who are members of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) asking about their teaching activities and their opinion on optimal curricula. Fifty-six percent of pharmacy programs and 65% of CPNP members responded to the surveys. The program survey revealed greater than 80% of topics were taught by full-time faculty. Didactic lecturing, team-based learning, and case studies were the most common teaching methods. Programs dedicated the most didactics (3 to 5+ hours) to epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and pain. Autism, traumatic brain injury, personality, and eating disorders were either not taught or given ≤ 1 hour of didactics in most programs. Inpatient psychiatry had the most APPE placements with a mean of 19.6, range 0-83. APPE electives in psychiatry outnumbered those in neurology 5 to 1. CPNP member survey results showed 2 out of 3 members agreed that curriculum could be improved with additional APPEs in psychiatry and neurology. Didactic hour distribution in psychiatry and neurology could be improved to better align with board certification in psychiatric pharmacy (BCPP) recommendations and disorder prevalence and complexity. Specialists recommend an experiential component in neurology and psychiatry to combat stigma and improve pharmacist knowledge and skills.

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Antipsychotic Selection for Acute Agitation and Time to Repeat Use in a Psychiatric Emergency Department

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

Julie Ann Dopheide

2016 Early recognition and treatment of agitated patients is essential to avoid violence in the psychiatric emergency department (ED). Antipsychotics have established efficacy in managing agitation, yet little is known about how the choice of initial antipsychotic impacts time to repeat use and length of stay (LOS) in the psychiatric ED.

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Acetylcysteine for treatment of autism spectrum disorder symptoms

Am J Health Syst Pharm

2015 A 17-year-old Hispanic male with ASD and intellectual disability was hospitalized for inpatient psychiatric treatment due to impulsive and violent behavior. Despite receiving various medications in the initial weeks of hospitalization, including intramuscular lorazepam and diphenhydramine injections (four days a week on average), the patient continued to exhibit aggressive and unpredictable behaviors.

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Nonpsychiatric medication interventions initiated by a postgraduate year 2 psychiatric pharmacy resident in a patient-centered medical home.

The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders

Williams AM, Dopheide JA

2014 Studies have demonstrated the benefits of incorporating comprehensive medication management into primary care, but no study describes the types of nonpsychiatric medication-related interventions provided by a psychiatric pharmacist while providing comprehensive medication management.

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Psychiatric pharmacist management of depression in patients with diabetes.

The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders

Nazarian PK, Dopheide JA


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Depression Screening in a University Campus Pharmacy: A Pilot Project

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

2006 To evaluate the usefulness of a depression screening tool in a university campus pharmacy.

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