The CPNP Foundation supports the Defining the Future Grant Program designed specifically for students/CPNP student chapters, residents, and fellows interested in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. This is an excellent opportunity to receive funding for a research project that will help define the future of neuropsychiatric pharmacy practice and improve the care of patients with psychiatric and neurologic disorders.


To create a competitive selection process challenging students and residents to research innovative and cutting-edge practices that will impact the care of patients into the future, to share this work within the field of pharmacy, and to provide financial support to achieve these outcomes.

Grant Award

Grant applications are accepted annually May-August. For the 2019 grant cycle, up to four applicants will awarded up to $1500 each to fund their research project and poster presentation. Depending on the number of suitable applications, not all the grants may be awarded.

2019 Timeline

  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, August 31, 2019
  • Grants announced October 1, 2019
  • Poster abstract must be submitted to CPNP by the published January 2020 deadline
  • Accepted posters will be displayed at the CPNP Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX, April 26-29, 2020

View Grant Criteria and the Online Application Portal

2018 Grant Recipients

Four research teams were awarded Defining the Future grants. There were many applicants who submitted exciting and important project proposals, and we thank everyone who applied. 

Destiny Boutain, Pharmacy Student, Xavier University of Louisiana: Assessing Mental Health Knowledge Amongst HBCU Students

Abby MacCauley*, Pharmacy Student, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Pharmacist and Pharmacy Student Wellness and Mental Health Analysis

Sarah Piccuirro, Pharmacy Student, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy: Incorporating Mental Health First Aid into Pharmacies and Pharmacy Schools: A Description of Methodology and Screening Results

Lusi Zhang**, Pharmacy Student, University of Minnesota: BDNF Val66Met Polymorphisms, Antidepressant Use, and Cognitive Performance: A Moderation Analysis in Patients with Psychotic Disorders

* CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award Runner-up

** Research Trainee Award Runner-up

2017 Grant Recipient Posters

Grantees were required to submit an abstract of their research for poster consideration at the 2018 CPNP Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. All three abstracts were accepted, and Amanda Colistro's project was the winner of the 2018 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award. The PDF of each poster is available to view by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Amanda Colistro*, PharmD Student, Midwestern University: Safe Opioid Prescribing Course Effect on Opioid Overdose Knowledge and Attitude Scales Across Multidisciplinary Students

*2018 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award recipient

Andrew Naglich, PharmD, VA North Texas Healthcare System: Association of SSRI/ SNRI Treatment with Substance Use Disorder Symptom Severity in Veterans with PTSD

Deepika Rao, Graduate Student, Duquesne University: Community Pharmacist and Substance Abuse Disorders: Attitudes, Knowledge and Practice.

2016 Grant Recipient Posters

As a requirement of grant, the 2016 grant recipients submitted their research abstracts for poster consideration at the 2017 CPNP annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. All four abstracts were accepted, and a PDF of each poster is available to view.

Andrew Kluemper, PharmD, University of Colorado Health & Anschutz and Lowry Internal Medicine Clinics, conducted a project entitled “Effect of Primary Care Provider Stigma on Appropriate PHQ-9 Administration.”

Jenni Ladutko, PharmD*, Veterans Administration Salt Lake City Healthcare System, will complete her project entitled “Implementation of a PolyphArmacy Clinic in Vulnerable Elders (PAVE Clinic) Within an Integrated Patient Aligned Care Team.”.

*2017 CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award recipient

Samantha Themas, PharmD, Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, will research “Effect of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Intervention on Metabolic Markers in Patients Receiving Long-acting Antipsychotic Injections.

Tu Vuong, PharmD student from University of Southern California, will assess “Incorporating Clinical Pharmacy Service into Depression Management at a Primary Care Clinic.

2015 Grant Recipient Posters

Lauren J. Heath, PharmD: Influence of Patient Stigma on Depression Remission

Carroline P. Lobo, MS: Stigma in Adults with Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Migraine: A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions of Invalidation

Courtney Slough, PharmD: Comprehensive medication management (CMM) provided to veterans in an outpatient traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinic at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Natalie Valentino, PharmD: Assessment of Rationale in Refusal of Take-home Naloxone by Veterans at Risk for Opioid Overdose in the Primary Care Setting