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POST-DOCTORAL MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FACULTY

John Bolter, PhD., MP.John Bolter, PhD, MP
Dr. Bolter received his PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Memphis. He is Director of the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Louisiana State University. Dr. Bolter's research interests include neuropsychological dysfunction in adults and children, neuropsychological assessment procedures, and the consequences of head trauma. Dr. Bolter has taught in the Alliant International University Postdoctoral Masters of Science Programs in Louisiana, Texas, California, and Maryland. Dr. Bolter was the prime mover for psychologists in Louisiana winning prescriptive authority, and is the first psychologist to write a prescription based on this legislation.

John Bolter, PhD., MP. CSPP Faculty Thomas Brady, MD
Dr. Brady is a Board Certified physician in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He also has special certification in addictionology with the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as a Masters in Business Administration. Dr. Brady conducted a 19-year private practice in psychiatry in San Francisco until 2004 when he became Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for CRC Health Corp., the largest addiction and related behavioral health disorder treatment provider in the U.S. For seven years prior to that, he was a Regional Medical Director with MHN, Inc., the behavioral health/substance abuse division of Health Net, Inc. Dr. Brady graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1982. He has held numerous medical director positions in inpatient hospital, residential treatment, and day treatment settings. Dr. Brady is past president of the Northern California Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, and currently serves on the Professional Relations and Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Medical Society. Dr. Brady teaches courses on child and adolescent psychopharmacology and ethical/legal issues related to psychopharmacology and prescriptive authority.

Susana Galle, PhDSusana Galle, PhD, MSCP, CCN, CCH, RYT
Dr. Galle attended U.C. Berkeley and Yale University. She is a graduate of the CSPP Postdoctoral Master of Science program in Clinical Psychopharmacology and currently teaches in the program. A licensed psychologist in Washington, DC, New Mexico, and California, she also holds an unrestricted prescription license in New Mexico. Being multicultural and multilingual enriches the psychosocial context of her work. Dr. Galle’s focus on psychosomatics led her to integrate psychotherapy and pharmacology with naturopathic approaches to health and disease. This is reflected in her post graduate teaching at CSPP and major medical schools (Georgetown & George Washington University Pediatrics), as well as in her publications. Dr. Galle has postgraduate degrees in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, and advanced certifications as a yoga teacher and therapist. She is a student of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) with Advanced Standing at Bastyr University, San Diego.

Merrill Norton, PharmD, DPh, CSPP Faculty Merrill Norton, PharmD, DPh, ICCDP-D 
Dr. Norton is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with specialty areas including psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy. He has previously been a faculty member of the Fairleigh-Dickinson University Postdoctoral Training Program in the Masters of Psychopharmacology, University of Georgia School of Continuing Education, and Berry College in the areas of psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy. His area of specialty in addiction pharmacy is the management of chronic pain in the addicted patient. Dr. Norton is the 2009 recipient of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies (GSAS) Excellence in Addiction Treatment Individual Achievement Award “for his unselfish dedication to the treatment of addicted families, not only in the state of Georgia, but nationally.” 

Matthew Philpott, PhDMatthew Philpott, PhD
Matthew Philpott is currently a member of the Professional Faculty at Oregon State University where he serves as the institutional Biological Safety Officer and Responsible Official, a position he has held since 2006.  Prior to joining OSU, he was at Louisiana State University where he held a variety of positions, including Instructor and Research Assistant Professor.  At Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Matthew served as Associate Professor of Biological Sciences for seven years.  Dr. Philpott’s research areas are in the biochemistry and molecular biology of infectious diseases caused by viruses; he has extensive instructional experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Philpott has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in Oncology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught Clinical Biochemistry in our psychopharmacology program since 1998.  

John D. Preston, PsyDJohn D. Preston, PsyD
Dr. Preston is Professor Emeritus at Alliant International University, Sacramento and formerly on the faculty of UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of twenty-one books addressing psychotherapy, mood disorders, PTSD, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and spiritual aspects of emotional healing and psychotherapy. His books have been translated into 14 foreign languages. He has presented talks in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Russia. Dr. Preston received the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health community.

Ruth Roa-Navarrete, PsyD CSPP Faculty Ruth Roa-Navarrete, PsyD
Dr. Roa-Navarrete received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Alliant International University, San Francisco and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and currently works as one of a handful of uniformed prescribing psychologists in the Department of Defense in her role as department head of Eglin’s Mental Health Clinic. She has previously functioned as a staff psychologist, chief of mental health services and director of alcohol and substance abuse services at different clinics throughout the Air Force. She teaches courses in Gender and Psychopharmacology as well as Ethnicity and Psychopharmacology.

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, APBMorgan T. Sammons, PhD, APB
Dr. Sammons is Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and a Retired Navy Captain. In his 20 year naval career, he served as the Navy’s Clinical Psychology Specialty Leader and Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Sammons received his PhD from Arizona State University,and is one of the original group of psychologists trained in a three-year postdoctoral Psychopharmacology Fellowship program offered by the Department of Defense at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a frequent lecturer in Psychopharmacology, and has over 20 publications on psychological and psychopharmacological treatments. Dr. Sammons exemplifies the newly developing field of pharmacotherapeutics, and models an integrative approach of the practicing psychologist who is trained and licensed to include pharmacotherapy among existing psychotherapeutic interventions. Dr. Sammons teaches courses in Psychopharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics.

E. Alessandra Strada, PhDE. Alessandra Strada, PhD
Dr. Strada is adjunct associate professor of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco; adjunct professor in the post-doctoral psychopharmacology program at CSPP in San Francisco, and clinical psychologist at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital and North Coast Family Health Clinic in Northern California. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a PhD in East-West Psychology, and a Postdoctoral Master’s in Psychopharmacology. Formerly an attending psychologist in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Israel Medical Center in New York City and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Strada is a Fellow in Thanatology and Treasurer of Division 55 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Strada is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and her clinical and research interests focus on psycho-oncology, pain management and palliative care, grief and bereavement, integrative psychological treatments, and staff stress and burnout prevention. Dr. Strada is the author of “Grief in Bereavement in the Adult Palliative Care Setting” published by Oxford University Press, and “The Helping Professional’s Guide to End of Life Care”, published by New Harbinger. She teaches courses on Geriatric Psychopharmacology and Pain Management.

Randall Trackett, PhDRandall Tackett, PhD
Dr. Tackett received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Georgia in 1979, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1981. He has been on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at University of Georgia since 1981, and has served as Professor and Department Head in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, as well as Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Services. Dr. Tackett has over 80 publications in refereed journals. His major research focuses on pathophysiological changes that occur in the development of cardiovascular diseases and the impact of drug therapy. He teaches courses on Pathophysiology/Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology/Clinical Pharmacology, and Special Populations.

Steven R. Tulkin, PhD, Program DirectorSteven R. Tulkin, PhD, MS, Program Director
Dr. Tulkin received his PhD at Harvard University, and taught in the graduate program in clinical/community psychology at State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1978 he was appointed as Program Director of Behavioral Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, where he worked extensively on the integration of psychology and primary care. His work included developing programs to teach physicians about psychology, and to teach psychologists about psychopharmacology and primary care health psychology. Dr. Tulkin was awarded two Senior Fulbright Fellowships to teach in Ghana and in Thailand. He has over 50 professional publications. Dr. Tulkin has been Director of the Postdoctoral Master of Science Program at Alliant International University since 1999, and received his Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2002. "We strive to exemplify the ‘Psychological Model of Pharmacotherapy’ that recognizes the unique importance of the therapeutic alliance, and in which medication is integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that places it within the context of personal, relational, systemic, and social change." Dr. Tulkin has received awards from APA Division 55 (Pharmacotherapy) and from California Psychological Association Division 5 (Psychopharmacology).