Specialty Council on Geriatric Pharmacy

2022 Members

Lawrence J. Cohen, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCP, FNAP {Chair}
Cohen is Adjunct Professor of Pharmacotherapy at the UNT College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Professor of Medical Education at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Pharmacotherapy at Washington State University College of Pharmacy. He received his BA in Biology from UCLA, PharmD from the University of Southern California, and completed a Psychiatric Pharmacy residency at the LA County/USC Medical Center. Dr. Cohen’s scholarly interests include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications, geriatric psychopharmacology, pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, and emergency preparedness (specifically, access and affordability of healthcare during times of crisis). Currently he serves as an independent psychopharmacology, legal and healthcare advisor/consultant.

Christopher P. Alderman, PhD, BPharm, Dip Proj Manage, BCPP, BCGPFSHP, FASCP {Vice Chair}
GER_AldermanAlderman has long-standing experience in hospital and community pharmacy, aged-care, and as Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, University of South Australia. He holds certifications as a specialist clinical pharmacist in psychiatry and geriatrics with the US Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. He is a past president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and is a frequently sought speaker at national and international conferences, educational seminars, and symposia. His research interests focus on achieving safe and effective use of psychotropic drugs, and the prevention of drug-related harm amongst vulnerable people.

Tara Bruneski, BPharm, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS 
Bruneski currently works at her full scope of practice with a multidisciplinary Geriatric Consult Team, providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care for older adults in an acute care setting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University. She enjoys precepting students and educating colleagues and other healthcare professionals in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Luigi Brunetti, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP
LBrunettiBrunetti is currently an Associate Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. He received his PharmD at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2006 and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Brunetti is dual Board-Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. His research interests include drug dosing in special populations and the influence of cardiometabolic disease on drug response.

Creaque Charles, PharmD, BCGP
CCharlesCharles has worked as a hospital clinical pharmacy specialist (Geriatrics) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Health Sciences at Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (TSUCOPHS). She received her BS in Biology from Dillard University and earned her PharmD from TSUCOPHS. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY. Her research and scholarly interests include inappropriate medication use in the elderly, management of geriatric syndromes and initiatives aimed at closing health disparity gaps in minority communities.

Jessica B. Emshoff, PharmD, BS, RPh, BCPS, BCGP

Emshoff is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice for Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management and Palliative Care at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. She received her BS in Biology and PharmD from Ohio Northern University and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Emshoff maintains Board Certification in both Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Her practice focuses on optimizing quality of life through interprofessional symptom management for patients with chronic pain or life limiting illnesses.

Donna M. Lisi, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, BCPP
Donna M. Lisi, PharmD, BS Pharmacy, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, BCPP, BCMTMS completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from St. John’s University in New York and a post-doctoral fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Lisi has worked in academia, long term care, acute care, behavioral health, hospice, and medical communications. She has held faculty appointments both in the classroom and remotely and has taught medical and allied health disciplines. She is a preceptor for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutger’s University and for St.John’s University. She is an accomplished medical writer and reviewer for numerous professional journals. She is an active member of numerous professional societies and serves on committees for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP 
Merrey is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care and anticoagulation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina and a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in ambulatory care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Her practice interests include geriatric wellness and preventive health, diabetes, and hypertension.

Dennis Williams, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C, FCCP, FAPhA, FASHP
Dennis Williams is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Specialist at UNC Medical Center. His practice focuses in the areas of pulmonary and infectious diseases. Dennis obtained his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky. He is recognized as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He has been a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1991 and served on the Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Council in the past.