WSU professor to lead clinical pharmacy group

photo of Lawrence j. CohenPharmacy Professor Lawrence J. Cohen was installed as president-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in October 2010 at the group’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Next year he will be president of the organization and the following year, he will serve as past president.

Cohen first worked in clinical pharmacy 30 years ago while doing a postgraduate residency in psychiatric pharmacy at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. He has continued to work and teach in the field of psychopharmacy since that time. Cohen has been a professor at WSU since 2002.

He previously held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, the University of Oklahoma Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, the University of California-San Francisco School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  He also was director of pharmaceutical services for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and director of clinical pharmacology services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services/Developmental Disabilities Services Division.

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy was founded in 1979 and is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research.