Clinical Psychopharmacology (Postdoctoral MS) Faculty
Omar Alhassoon, PhD
Dr. Omar Alhassoon is a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and an associate research scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed his PhD under the supervision of Igor Grant, M.D. (SDSU/UCSD joint doctoral program in clinical psychology) and specialized in neuropsychology and neuroimaging of substance use disorders. As a graduate student he focused on the use of variety of imaging techniques such as Proton and Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and single-photon emission computed tomography to aid our understanding the neuroscience of substance abuse and dependence. He has published in the areas of multimodal imaging; CNS changes associated with alcohol, methamphatmine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin; and the use of meta-analytical techniques in neuroimaging and neuropsychology. He is a clinical psychologist who focuses on the assessment of neuropsychological deficits associated with substance use, late-life depression, and dementia. He teaches the Neuroscience Series in our psychopharmacology program, and teaches Biological Basis of behavior and Neuropsychology at CSPP.
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, 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.
Alan J. Lincoln, PhD
Dr. Lincoln is the Director of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Program at the California School of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD in 1980 as well as his MSCP in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2004 from the California School of Professional Psychology. His research interests are in early childhood psychopathology, biological and neuropsychological basis of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodevelopmental effects of child abuse, attention deficit/hyperactivity and severe language disorders, assessment of children, differential diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychopathology.
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, 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, 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.
Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, APB
Dr. Sammons is 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, 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.
Judith L. Steinman, PhD
Dr. Steinman is currently a faculty member at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She received her PhD in Psychobiology from Rutgers University in 1982. Her research was in the field of neuroscience and her specialty was in spinal cord and brain control of behavior. Dr. Steinman conducted postdoctoral research at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as well as at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She performed extensive research in the fields of behavioral reproduction, analgesia processing and neural control of feeding. In the early 1990s, Dr. Steinman served as the Managing Editor of the journal, Restorative Neurology & Neuroscience.
Randall 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.