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Dr. Kelly C. Lee

Psychiatry, Medication Therapy Management, Pharmacogenomics

Kelly C. Lee

Kelly C. Lee, Pharm.D., M.A.S., BCPP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


(858) 822-3462

Research Summary: Psychiatry, MTM, Burnout and Suicide Prevention, Pharmacogenomics

Dr. Lee’s specialty area is psychiatric pharmacy and she is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. She is currently the Residency Program Director of the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at UCSD and is a member of the Specialty Council for Psychiatric Pharmacy for Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Dr. Lee’s research program involves the effective utilization of psychotropic medications within diverse patient populations, establishing innovative psychiatric practice models and prevention of burnout and suicide among students and professionals. Her specific clinical practices relate to mood disorders and ADHD; she established innovative pharmacist-run models of Medication Therapy Management. She has also served as the Director of the PharmGenEd Training for Health Professional Schools.

Dr. Lee served as an expert consultant to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, MedImpact HealthCare Systems, Inc., and California Mental Health Care Management Program. Dr. Lee has published in numerous peer- reviewed journals and textbooks and served as the Section Co-Editor for Applied Therapeutics: Clinical Use of Drugs. Dr. Lee is involved professionally in organizations such as American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), and SD County Suicide Prevention Council. 

Academic Achievements


B.S. in Biology (1996) UCLA; Pharm.D. (2000) UCSF; M.A.S. (2012) UCSD; ASHP- Accredited Residency in Pharmacy Practice and Fellowship in Behavioral Health Sciences (2000- 2003) UCSF; Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy (re-certified 2011) (BCPP). 

Awards and Honors:

Fellow, ACCP (2011), Career Development Research award, ACCP (2008); Dorfman Original Research Award, (2007); Preceptor of the Year, (2006); Rho Chi Honor Society (2004); Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (2000). 

Leadership Experience:

Director, PGY2 Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy (2012 – present); Chair, Subcommittee on APPE/IPPE Course Committee (2012-2015); Chair, CNS PRN of ACCP (2009-2010) 


  • Therapeutics (SPPS 212C, SPPS 212B)
  • Pharmacy Practice (SPPS 201, 202)
  • Pharmacogenomics (SPPS 219)
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Physiology (SPPS 248)

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Effective use of psychotropic medications among patients with severe mental illness.
  • Established Pharmacist-Psychiatrist Collaborative MTM and Adult ADHD clinics at UCSD.
  • Evaluate shared curriculum in applications of pharmacogenomics (PharmGenEd™).

Selected Recent Publications (view more)

  • Lee et al. (2010). Pharmacogenomics: Bridging the gap between science and practice. JAPhA. 50e:e1- e17.
  • Tallian KB et al. (2012). Development of a pharmacist-psychiatrist collaborative Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in a mental health clinic. JAPhA 52:e252–e258.
  • Lee KC et al. (2012). Train-the-trainer approach for a shared pharmacogenomics curriculum. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 76(10): Article 193
  • Kuo GM et al. (2013). Implementation and outcomes of a live continuing education program on pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics 14:885-895.
  • McKee JR et al. (2013). Psychiatric pharmacist integration into the medical home. Position statement on behalf of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Primary Care Companion. 15(4).
  • Lee KC et al. (2015). Evaluation of a shared pharmacogenomics curriculum for pharmacy students. Pharmacogenomics 16(4):315-22
  • Martinez S et al. (2016) Alcohol use in an academic medical school environment: A UCSD UC San Diego Healer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR). Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 28(2):85-94.