Specialty Council on Psychiatric Pharmacy

2023 Members

Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP {Chair}
Gable is a Professor and the Director of Well-being and Resilience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and PharmD from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She completed a specialty residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She is a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She currently practices as a behavioral health consultant at a Federally Qualified Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri, with focus areas that include treatment of substance use, mood, anxiety, personality, and psychosis-related disorders. She routinely provides trainings in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and harm reduction.

Emma Palmer, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP {Vice Chair}
Emma PalmerPalmer is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development. She received her PharmD at MCPHS University, completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts and a PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare system. Her current practice is focused on treatment of adults at a UC Health partnered free-standing non-profit psychiatric treatment center in greater Cincinnati.

Elayne D. Ansara, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Ansara is a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner in Mental Health within the VISN23 Clinical Resource Hub through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her primary practice is within the geropsychiatry consult team. She received her PharmD from Purdue University, completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Indiana University Health and her PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at Eskenazi Health/Purdue University, both in Indianapolis. Her current practice interests include neurocognitive disorders, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. She maintains board certification in both Pharmacotherapy and Psychiatry.

Lindsey N. Binns, PharmD, MS, BCPP 
Binns is a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner practicing in mental health at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her BS in biology and chemistry at Western Kentucky University, her MS in chemistry at Vanderbilt University, and PharmD from University of Cincinnati. She completed her PGY1 residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, KY and PGY2 Psychiatric pharmacy residency at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. Binns serves as a subject matter expert in both mental health and mental health/pharmacogenomics at the VA.

Michelle Chu, PharmD, BCACP, APh
Dr. Michelle Chu is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at USC School of pharmacy. She went to the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Pharmacy and completed postgraduate residency training in ambulatory care pharmacy practice at the USC School of Pharmacy. She has developed several clinical pharmacy services at various health systems, including telehealth. She is currently a director of PGY1 + PGY2 pharmacy residency in ambulatory care and practices at a primary care clinic at a county medical center, training pharmacy residents.

Calvin Daniels, PharmD, PhD, BCPPS, DPLA
CDanielsDaniels is a Clinical Pharmacist in Medication Safety and Informatics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He received his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his PharmD from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Children’s of Alabama and a PGY2 Medication-Use Safety Residency at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His practice and research focus on improving the safety of clinical decision support within medication-use systems.

Amber R. Douglass, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Douglass is a Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System / VISN 1 Clinical Resource Hub. She provides virtual care for Veterans with various mental health and substance use disorders in the outpatient setting in the New England states. Douglass is also engaged in teaching activities for Belmont University College of Pharmacy and the Meharry Medical College Psychiatry Residency Program. She received her PharmD from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency with Sullivan University / Central State Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Farah Khorassani, PharmD, BCPP
Khorassani is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. She received her PharmD from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA. She completed a PGY1 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a PGY2 in Psychiatric Practice at University of North Carolina. She previously served on faculty at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Currently, she practices as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at UCI Health and is a certified mental health first aid instructor. Her research interests include long-acting injectable antipsychotics and student mental health.

CDR Anna Santoro, PharmD, MA, BCPP, BCGP, NCPS    
CDR Anna SantoroCDR Santoro is an officer in the US Public Health Service, assigned to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In the BOP, CDR Santoro is a Clinical Psychiatric Specialist at Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens in Ayer, MA and serves as a Regional Psychiatric Consultant. She developed the BOP’s first Psychiatric Pharmacy Program, and assisted with the national expansion of pharmacy mental health services, including the Mental Health Consultant program, serving 122 institutions. Additionally, CDR Santoro is the lead consultant for pain management and for the Memory Disorder Unit at Devens, the BOP’s only dedicated unit for inmates with dementia.

Richard J. Silvia, PharmD, BCPP
Silvia is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the MCPHS School of Pharmacy in Boston and Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist. He also practices at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA, maintaining a busy collaborative practice in integrated behavioral health within the center’s primary care clinics. Silvia earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island and completed a two-year residency/fellowship in psychiatric pharmacy through the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT and the University of Connecticut.

Sheryl Thedford, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, BCPP
SThedfordThedford is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP). She received her BA from Grinnell College, her Doctorate in Physiology from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and her PharmD from UMSOP. She completed ASHP-accredited residencies at Shenandoah University (PGY-1) and UMSOP (PGY-2 Psychiatry). She serves adult inpatients of all ages in acute and continuing care at a large Maryland State Psychiatric Hospital. She is a preceptor for the ASHP-accredited PGY-2 in Psychiatric Pharmacy for UMSOP in Geriatric and Continuing care rotations. Dr. Thedford maintains Board Certification in both Pharmacotherapy and Psychiatry.