Kirkwood selected as CPNP’s 17th annual Saklad Award recipient

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
By: Cynthia McMullen


Cynthia K. Kirkwood

Cynthia K. Kirkwood

VCU School of Pharmacy professor Cynthia Kirkwood was selected to receive the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists’ 2014 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award.

“This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Kirkwood and the VCU School of Pharmacy,” says Don Brophy, chairman of the school’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

“Dr. Kirkwood has dedicated herself professionally to the care of patients with mental health disorders, and to teaching the next generation of pharmacists about caring for this vulnerable population. On behalf of the department faculty, we are so proud of her accomplishment.”

The Saklad Award was presented to Kirkwood during the CPNP 2014 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The award celebrates the life and work of the late Judith J. Saklad, a founding member of CPNP. Saklad was an innovator of pharmaceutical care for children and adults with serious mental disorders, developmental disabilities and mental retardation.

This is the 17th year the award has been presented to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and demonstrates continuing dedication to the practice. “Like Dr. Saklad,” states CPNP award criteria, “this practitioner will represent the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, in addition to possessing a passion for optimizing patient care.”

Kirkwood in the classroom

Kirkwood in the classroom

Kirkwood earned both her bachelor’s and Pharm.D. degrees at VCU School of Pharmacy, where she also completed an ASHP Research and Education Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice. VCU Health System’s adult inpatient psychiatry unit serves as her primary practice and teaching site for students and residents. She is vice chairwoman for graduate education in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

Her research interests have included pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics  and outcomes of psychiatric drugs, and the assessment of learning outcomes, interprofessional education  and team work in pharmacy students.

She has been a consultant for Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy, the Department of Medical Assistance Services Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and Richmond Psychiatric Institute for Children and Adolescents.  She is a member of AACP, ACCP, ASHP, VSHP, CPNP and the Team-based Learning Collaborative.

Since 2007, Kirkwood has served as Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists recertification director for CPNP, and she works with the editorial boards for recertification and review course products. In 1999, and again in 2007, she was awarded the VCU School of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award. She has served as a reviewer for Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, Annals of Pharmacotherapy  and the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

In addition, she has provided invited lectures and authored book chapters and articles on anxiety and sleep disorders as well as active learning.