Dr. Kelly C. Lee

Psychiatry, MTM, Burnout and Suicide Prevention, Pharmacogenomics

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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

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 UC San Diego and is Vice-Chair 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 assessment and prevention of burnout and suicide among students and professionals.  She practices in the General Psychiatry clinic at UCSD with emphasis on mood and anxiety disorders and adult ADHD. She established the first pharmacist-run outpatient psychiatric clinic at UCSD and practices under a Collaborative PracticeShe 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 is currently an Editor for Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice textbook. Dr. Lee is involved professionally in organizations such as American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). 

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, )
  • Pharmacogenomics (SPPS 219)
Key Contributions
  • Effective use of psychotropic medications among patients with severe mental illness.
  • Established Pharmacist-Psychiatrist Collaborative MTM, Adult ADHD and General Psychiatry clinics at UC San Diego.
  • Evaluate shared curriculum in applications of pharmacogenomics (PharmGenEd™).
Selected Publications

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