PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy


This ASHP-accredited specialty residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy is a one year post-doctoral training program that fosters the development of expert skills and competencies in the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. The resident will gain experience in clinical, teaching, and research activities in an inpatient and outpatient setting servicing psychiatric patients.

Intended Outcomes:

  1. Provide pharmaceutical care to patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic disorders across patient care settings.
  2. Function and serve as an integral member of the treatment team
  3. Apply critical thinking and evaluative skills to solve practice related problems
  4. Provide education to other health care professionals, students, patients, and the community
  5. Develop an ability to honestly critique and evaluate your skills and abilities
  6. Assume responsibility and demonstrate professional development and leadership skills

Staffing Component

Three 1-week staffing blocks over the course of the residency year and every third weekend. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, verifying medication orders, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours pharmacy clinical on-call program.

Seminars/Professional Meetings

Each resident is expected to attend the Annual Meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) in April. ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (December) is optional and dependent upon the needs of the resident and program. Financial compensation may be provided for these educational experiences. Participation in resident poster sessions is encouraged at these meetings.

The resident is expected to liaise with the local student chapter of CPNP via presentations, outreach and attendance at chapter meetings.

Additional Requirements

Each resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Instructor.

Required Teaching:
  • Pharmaceutical Skills Laboratory, Teaching Assistant for Neurology / Psychiatry therapeutics module for UNC, and Psychiatry Elective at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Co-precept for students and pharmacy practice residents
  • Present a didactic lecture to pharmacy students via the Psychiatry/Neurology Module
Other Opportunities:
  • Facilitate recitation sessions
  • Participate in the Psychiatry Intern Lecture Series

Community Outreach

Several opportunities for service-based learning are available through the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and Interfaith Council Homeless Shelter (IFC.) SHAC is a student-led organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local underserved individuals and communities, partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs, and create an interdisciplinary service learning environment for students in the health science programs at UNC.

Research and Publications: Each resident is required to complete one research project that includes IRB submission and approval, data analysis, presentation of results at a national meeting, and writing a manuscript of project. One publication submission is required during the residency year; however, it does not have to be the same project manuscript.

Lindsey Kennedy

M. Lindsey Hedgepeth Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Residency Program Director - PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry
Department of Pharmacy
UNC Medical Center

Patient Care

Practice Areas:

The primary site for the residency is the UNC Neurosciences Hospital with 76 inpatient psychiatric beds that comprise several different patient populations as follows:

  • Acute Psychotic Unit
  • Geropsychiatry Unit
  • Eating Disorders Unit
  • Crisis Unit
  • Child Psychiatry Unit
  • Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
  • Peripartum Unit

Additional inpatient opportunities exist with other outside institutions in the area. The ambulatory experience will be obtained longitudinally through rotations based upon resident preference and career goals. Past residents have completed clinic rotations in the Women’s Mood Disorder Clinic and STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program.) The interdisciplinary team includes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and social work.

The residency program is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident. The resident’s rotation schedule is determined at the beginning of the year with a core program consisting of the following:

  • Adult Psychotic Disorders
  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Consult Liaison
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • State Hospital
  • Neurology

Three elective rotations are permitted or the resident may choose to repeat any extra months of the core rotations listed above. Elective rotations are listed below:

  • Crisis/Substance Abuse
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Academia
  • Pain/Primary Care Clinic

Our Team

The pharmacists on our psychiatric teams:

Shauna Garris, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Shauna Garris, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist - Psychiatry / Neurology


  • PharmD – University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • PGY1 – MUSC
  • PGY2 - MUSC

Preceptor for: Behavioral Health Emergency, Geropsychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry

Rotation Description:

The acute care rotation in the geropsychiatry unit provides a clinical setting appropriate for the resident to participate in management of the geriatric psychiatry and the perinatal patient. Primary objectives are to demonstrate proficiency in psychiatric drug therapy, including clinical manifestations, treatment and monitoring parameters, and how to effectively communicate with the psychiatric patient and the health care team.

The perinatal focus allows the resident to follow women in the first 1-5 beds. The resident is expected to follow those patients daily, attend treatment team once weekly, and round with the team twice weekly.

The geriatric piece of the rotation is fulfilled by attending treatment team 4xweek, and round with the team 3x week.

Special focus is given to major depressive disorder, personality disorders, dementias, and chronic medication conditions like hypertension. Additionally, the resident is encouraged to identify and manage medication access issues.

Suzanne C. Harris, PharmD, BCPP

Suzanne C. Harris, PharmD, BCPP

Region Experiential Director - UNC Medical Center

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist – Psychiatry

Clinical Assistant Professor – UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • PGY1
  • PGY2 – Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region

Preceptor for: Ambulatory Care – Psychosomatic/Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic

Rotation Description:

UNC Psychosomatic/Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic, is an ambulatory care clinic which cares for patients with psychiatric disorders possibly caused or complicated by a serious medical condition. Patients seen at the UNC Psychosomatic Clinic by Gary J. Gala, MD, Psychiatry residents under his supervision, or another attending psychiatric physician may be referred to the Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, the Attending pharmacist for drug therapy management of psychiatric conditions. The physician will determine the medical diagnosis and initiate the appropriate drug product selection; Attending pharmacist may modify the drug therapy to reach therapeutic goals in accordance with clinical practice guidelines and approved disease state protocols.

J. Cameron Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

J. Cameron Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist – Psychiatry, Wakebrook


    • PharmD – University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • PGY1 – UNC Medical Center
    • PGY2 Residency

Preceptor for: Acute Adult Psychotic Disorders (Wakebrook Hospital)

Rotation Description:

The Acute Psychotic one month rotation is designed to provide the resident with experience and knowledge of pharmacy practice in the acute psychiatric adult patient, including but not limited to patients who have schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar disorder and/or severe, persistent mental illness. Primary objectives are to learn about psychiatric drug therapy in this population, including clinical manifestations, treatment and monitoring parameters, and how to effectively communicate with the psychiatric patient, their caregivers, and the health care team.


Instructions for the application process:

Step 1

All applicants to ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residencies must participate in the match process sponsored by the National Matching Service. Applicants must submit match agreements to the National Matching Service to obtain a match number.

Applications and Deadlines

Step 2

The UNC Hospitals will be participating in PhORCAS, the new ASHP residency online application tool. More information can be found at PhORCAS.

Step 3

A complete application will have the following information found through PhORCAS:

  • General information about the applicant
  • Cover letter
  • Response to essay questions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy School Transcript
  • Three (3) references. Reference writers should complete the standardized Phorcas reference form only.
  • Current photograph (optional)

Application Deadline is January 1st.

Applicants must submit all required materials as well as uploading a document with answers to UNC-specific essay questions (see supplemental information above).


What types of positions have residents moved on to?

Our residents have moved onto a variety of positions, all within the psychiatry field. Some are clinical specialists, faculty, and split faculty with clinical practice all in a variety of settings both inpatient, outpatient and state hospital.

Overall, we find our program will prepare a resident for a variety of practice settings.

How much will I get to teach?

Our answer to that is “how much do you want to teach?” Our close relationship with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy allows for a teaching assistant position both fall and spring semester during the Psychiatry elective and Psychiatry/Neurology pharmacotherapy module. We offer may other teaching opportunities, individualized to the resident’s long-term goals.

Your program is huge! How do you keep track of everyone?

While we do have a lot of residents, we still have a lot of individualized attention to give. As the sole psychiatric pharmacy resident, the RPD and preceptors are virtually always available to guide and mentor. Additionally, we have a solid infrastructure that prevents any resident from falling through the cracks, namely our formal mentorship program. At UNC, a psychiatric pharmacy PGY2 resident gets the best of both worlds: small family feel with many different opportunities only a large program can provide.

For more information, contact:

Lindsey Kennedy

M. Lindsey Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Residency Program Director - PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Clinical Specialist, UNC Medical Center