Dr. Crismon is Dean, James T. Doluisio Regents Chair, and Behrens Centennial Professor at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. He also teaches in the clinical psychopharmacology courses for the general and the child and adolescent Psychiatry Residency Programs at UT Southwestern – Austin campus.
Dr. Crismon received his BS degree in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a joint program of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed residencies in pharmacy practice at the USPHS Gallup Indian Medical Center and in psychiatric pharmacy practice at The University of Texas and San Antonio State Hospital, and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded summer fellowship in biomedical ethics, with a focus in cross cultural ethics, at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics, Georgetown University. He served as a visiting professor for the Institute of Mental Health, National Health Group, Singapore, and for the pharmacy program at the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica. He is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology.
His research, scholarship, and practice focus on the development and evaluation of strategies to improve the pharmacotherapy, pharmacoeconomics, and health outcomes of adults and children with severe mental disorders. Dr. Crismon served as Co-Director of the Texas Medication Algorithm Project and as Director of the Children’s Medication Algorithm Project. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the State of Texas, nonprofit foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry. He co-chaired the revisions and updates of the Psychotropic Medication Prescribing Parameters for the treatment of foster children with mental disorders for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and he is a member of the steering committee for the Mini- Fellowship in Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology sponsored by the REACH Institute, NYC, NY. He serves as a member of the Internal Advisory Panel for the Veterans’ Affairs VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans. In addition to over 240 articles, chapters, or handbooks to his credit, he has over 200 abstracts in print or in press, and has delivered more than 400 invited lectures or presentations. He served as associate editor of the APhA Drug Treatment Protocols, 2nd edition, and he is a member of the editorial advisory boards for The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the APhA DrugInfoLine, and is a reviewer for numerous journals.
Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Crismon developed a nationally recognized training program in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and mental health outcomes research. He supervised 39 post Pharm.D. psychiatric pharmacy residents, research fellows, or graduate students. He served as supervisor for the ASHP Foundation Psychiatric Drug Therapy Research Fellowship (twice), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Psychopharmacy Research Fellowship, U.S. Pharmacopoeia Fellowship, and the NIMH F 32 post professional doctorate research training award. Seven of his research trainees were awarded New Investigator Awards by the NIMH at the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Meeting.
Dr. Crismon served as a member of the ACCP Board of Regents, and he is an ACCP fellow. A past chair of the ASHP Specialty Practice Group on Psychopharmacy and the task force to recognize psychiatric pharmacy as a specialty by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS), he was the first chair of the BPS Specialty Council on Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice. He currently serves as chair-elect for the AACP Council of Deans and as a member of the AACP Board of Directors, member of the ACCP Research Institute Board of Trustees, and as a 2011-12 member of the ASHP Commission on Goals. He is a recipient of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Robert G. Leonard Memorial Lecture Award, the Philip C. and Ethyl F. Ashby Endowed Lecture Award, the CPNP Judith K. Saklad Lecture Award, he was the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the UT Southwestern Medical Center - Austin Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program, and a First Tennessee Chair of Excellence Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, April 2011.