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Dr. Charles Caley Selected to Receive the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award

Published: November 01, 2022 | Categories: Faculty, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, All News
Dr. Charles Caley

Western New England University Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Professor Dr. Charles Caley has been selected to receive the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award by the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP).

This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and represents the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, a passion for optimizing patient care, and continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy.

Dr. Caley's scholarship has targeted three areas – movement disorders associated with antidepressant treatment, metabolic effects of second-generation antipsychotics, and mental illness stigma in healthcare. He has in turn published peer-reviewed scholarship and delivered platform presentations of related topics.

Those who nominated Dr. Caley had this to say:

  • Charlie has provided significant academic contributions to enhance the knowledge, and the career growth of so many of us. He is well deserving of the Saklad award.
  • His dedication and passion are incomparable to others.
  • He epitomizes the type of psychiatric pharmacist that we desire in our organization.
  • Charlie is always generous and gracious in his conversations. He is also honest about the challenges and doesn't sugar coat things so that people can develop real world plans that will work.

Charles Caley received his BS Pharm and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to pursuing his PharmD, he practiced community pharmacy on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Following his PharmD, he completed a two-year specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacotherapy. Year one was completed at the Institute of Mental Health in Cranston, Rhode Island, and year two at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington. He has been board certified in psychiatric pharmacy since 1996.

The bulk of Dr. Caley's psychiatric pharmacy career was spent as a clinical faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy with the Institute of Living (IOL) in Hartford as his practice site. For more than 20 years he provided outpatient psychopharmacology consultations, was a treatment team member for the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, precepted more than 350 PharmD students, taught in the IOL psychiatry residency training programs, directed a psychiatric pharmacy residency, and contributed to research and scholarship as a member of the Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education.

During his academic career he has been recognized for his experiential teaching, innovations of practice, and clinical psychopharmacology teaching. Currently he is a consultant for the IOL's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency training program and Post-Graduate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. As a department chair at WNE, he has been leading and supporting a group of talented faculty who are improving treatment outcomes of citizens in western Massachusetts.

Dr. Caley is a founding member of AAPP and a founding circle member of the AAPP Foundation. Since its inception he has served in several capacities including program committee chair, public and professional relations committee chair, at-large board member, President, and CPNP Foundation President – currently he is a member of the Employer Resource Center Task Force and a chapter author for the Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Book. Beyond AAPP, he has also chaired the psychiatric pharmacy specialty council for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Saklad Memorial Award is named after the late Judith J. Saklad and will be presented in April 2023 at the AAPP Annual Meeting.