Specialty in Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Psychopharmacology
Martha (Martie) P. Fankhauser received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinctions in pharmacy in 1974 from the University of Kansas. In 1982, Ms. Fankhauser completed the Master of Science degree in hospital pharmacy at the University of Arizona and a one-year specialty residency in psychiatry. In 1997, she became a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP) and was Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice (BCPP) in 2000 by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialists.
I thought I might have been crazy when I signed up for two pharmacy rotations in neurology and psychiatry. I knew little to nothing about these fields. Twelve weeks later, I left with a new knowledge base and an everlasting appreciation for neuropsychiatry. During my time at University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) Hospital, I was privileged to work under the direction of Martha (Martie) P. Fankhauser, M.S. Pharm., FASHP, BCPP.
Ms. Fankhauser is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She coordinates six-week rotations for pharmacy students, and in 2009 alone, 40 pharmacy students completed her rotation in neuropsychiatry. Martie has served as faculty advisor to 49 pharmacy students and teaches courses on introduction to mental health, chronic pain management, and clinical pharmacotherapy of mental disorders. From 1995 to 2004, she served as residency director for the ASHP-accredited Neuropsychiatric Specialty Practice Residency Program, which nine pharmacists have completed.
In addition to academia, Martie is a consultant for UPH Hospital, COPE Behavioral Health Services, and La Frontera. In collaboration with the Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department, she offers her expertise on psychopharmacology in the Crisis Intervention Training Program. Ms. Fankhauser has received numerous awards for her service to patients and education. She was awarded the Clinical Pharmacy Educator Award by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 1988, 1993, 1997, and 1999. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance Exemplary Patient Care Award. Despite her heavy schedule, Martie was very gracious to set aside time for an interview.
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