Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program

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Director: Dr. Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit
Program Coordinator: Dr. Judi Steinman

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy MSCP Program is the traditional mission of academic healthcare—education, research, and service with emphasis on patient care. More specifically, the MSCP mission is:

  • To educate clinical psychology practitioners and leaders.
  • To provide community service, including quality patient care.

The MSCP program is part of the DKICP. The MSCP program is designed to provide didactic and experiential training for licensed psychologists to integrate the medical approach to their patients with mental and behavioral disorders. The program trains clinical psychologists to become competent, skilled Prescribing Psychologists.

The didactic training utilizes online teaching methods, which include live online review sessions and extended workshops with DKICP and other faculty.  The curriculum also requires supervised practicum training, which incorporates didactic training with clinical experience. Capstone courses provide integration of prescribing experience and didactic training with clinical faculty.

The MSCP program is designed to address core competencies/knowledge areas through different courses as follows:

Content Knowledge Areas

Courses

Integrating clinical psychopharmacology with the practice of psychology

Advanced Psychopharmacology I (PHPS 604)

Advanced Psychopharmacology II (PHPS 605)

Psychopharmacology Practicum (PHPS 607)

Neuroscience

The Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics I – Biomolecules
(PHPS 450)

The Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics II ‐ Metabolism
(PHPS 451)

 

Human Physiology (PHPS 606)

 

Integrated Pharmacotherapy II (PHPS 602)

Nervous system pathology

Human Physiology (PHPS 606)

Integrated Pharmacotherapy II (PHPS 602)

Physiology and pathophysiology

Human Physiology (PHPS 606)

Integrated Pharmacotherapy I,II,III (PHPS 601, 602, 603)

Biopsychosocial and pharmacologic assessment and monitoring

Advanced Psychopharmacology I (PHPS 604)

Advanced Psychopharmacology II (PHPS 605)

Psychopharmacology Practicum (PHPS 607)

Differential diagnosis

Integrated Pharmacotherapy II (PHPS 602)

Advanced Psychopharmacology I (PHPS 604)

Advanced Psychopharmacology II (PHPS 605)

Psychopharmacology Practicum (607)

Pharmacology

Integrated Pharmacotherapy I,II,III (PHPS 601, 602, 603)

Clinical psychopharmacology

Advanced Psychopharmacology I (PHPS 604)

Advanced Psychopharmacology II (PHPS 605)

Psychopharmacology Practicum (PHPS 607)

Research

Advanced Psychopharmacology II (PHPS 605)

Professional, legal, ethical and interprofessional issues

Law & Psychopharmacology (PHPS 608)

In addition to these areas, MSCP graduates are expected to demonstrate competency in professional behavior, clinical skills and medical knowledge that can be applied to safe and effective management of patient care.

The MSCP program is geared toward clinical psychologists who are actively engaged in their profession. The training is rigorous and challenging, focusing on medically-oriented instruction. The MSCP staff and faculty understand the demands of studying and working simultaneously and offer flexible scheduling to meet students’ needs. The MSCP program implements the development of critical thinking skills in clinical psychopharmacology through tiered program learning outcomes http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/MSCP/learnOutcomes.php

Program requirements meet or exceed those outlined in the APA Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority (See https://www.apa.org/about/policy/rxp-model-curriculum.pdf).

The vision, mission and goals of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy may be found at http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/dean/vision_and_mission.php

Contact Us

For additional information, please Contact Dr. Judi Steinman.