Cynthia K. Kirkwood, Pharm.D., BCPP
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dean's Office
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  •   Smith Building, Room 540c
  • School of Pharmacy - Dean's Office
    410 N 12th Street
    Box 980581
    Richmond, VA 23298-0581
  •  (804) 828-8318
    (804) 827-0002
Founding Member, American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (formerly the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists)


  • Pharm.D., Pharmacy (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1985)

Post-Graduate Training

  • Fellowship - ASHP Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1987)

Professional Experience

  • 7/1/85 - 7/1/99. Clinical Assistant Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy
  • 9/16/01 – 6/30/99. Assistant Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy
  • (1999 - 2011) Associate Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy,
  • (2011 - Present) Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy,
  • (2000 - 2016) Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2016 - Present) Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean's Office, School of Pharmacy

Professional and Scholarly Interests

  • Faculty workload
  • Management of insomnia; Anxiety disorders

Research Interests

  • Antipsychotic Use in Children and Adolescents


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Recent Publications

  • Liebovitz L, Park SK, Dey S, Sheaffer EA, Kirkwood CK, Weldon DJ, Medina MS, Castleberry AN, Lee KC, Attarabeen OF, DiVall MV. Perceptions and Practices for Evaluating Faculty Workload by Pharmacy Education Administration/Leadership. Am J Pharm Educ. 2023; 87(5) 100033, ISSN 0002-9459,
  • Bozymski KM, Crouse EL, Titus-Lay EN, Ott CA, Nofziger JL, Kirkwood CK. Esketamine: A novel option for treatment-resistant depression. Ann Pharmacother. 2020 Jun;54(6):567-576. doi: 10.1177/1060028019892644.
  • Bareis N, Lu J, Kirkwood CK, Kornstein S, Wu E, Mezuk B. Identifying Clinical Net Benefit of Psychotropic Medication Use with Latent Variable Techniques: Evidence from Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). J Affective Disorders 2018:238:147-155.
  • Boerma M, Coyle EA, Dietrich MA, Dintzer MR, Drayton SJ, Early JL, Edginton AN, Horlen CK, Kirkwood CK, Lin AYF, Rager ML, Shah-Manek B, Welch AC, Williams NT. Point/Counterpoint: Are Outstanding Leaders Born or Made? Am J Pharm Educ. 2017; 81(3) Article 58, 1-5.
  • Varghese D, Kirkwood CK, Carroll NV. Prevalence of Anti-diabetic and Antilipidemic Medications in Children and Adolescents Treated with Atypical Antipsychotics in a Virginia Medicaid Population. Ann Pharmacotherapy, 2016;50(6):463-470. DOI: 10:1177/1060028016638861
  • Min Y, Kirkwood CK, Mays DP, Slattum PW. The Effect of Sleep Medication Use and Poor Sleep Quality on Risk of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in the US: A Prospective Cohort Study. Drugs and Aging 2016;33(2):151-158. DOI 10.1007/s40266-015-0339-9