Departments

The faculty in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences have expertise and research interest in a wide range of areas, including internal medicine, cardiology, psychiatry, oncology, infectious disease, clinical pharmacokinetics, health care outcomes, public health, health care delivery systems, pharmacy management, and health policy.

Residency Program

 

Mission
The Clinical and Administrative Science Department aims to cultivate the practice of pharmacy within the areas of education, scholarship, and service to the profession and community.

Vision 
The Clinical and Administrative Science Department is dedicated to providing unique educational experiences that serve as a foundation for lifelong professional and personal development, motivating our students and faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and supporting service initiatives to promote the profession of pharmacy within the changing landscape of the healthcare system.

Faculty and Staff
 

Diana Cao, PharmD, FCSHP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology
Chair and Assistant Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Diana.Cao@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-8097




 

Diana Cao is an assistant professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California in 2009. After graduation, Dr. Cao completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and a PGY-2 cardiology specialty residency at the University of Southern California. She worked as a lead critical care pharmacist and was on faculty at the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy prior to joining CNUCOP. Dr. Cao’s research primarily focuses on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in the acute care setting.

 


Olivia Phung, PharmD

Vice Chair and Assistant Professor-Pharmacoeconomics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Olivia.Phung@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7639

  



Dr. Phung received her PharmD from Northeastern University and completed a two-year Outcomes Research Fellowship at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-Based Practice Center. She is trained in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, with research interest specifically in treatment of diabetes and other metabolic syndromes. Dr. Phung is interested in teaching evidence-based clinical practice and research methodology. Her research expertise lies in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses (including Bayesian mixed-treatment comparison), with emphasis in the treatment of diabetes and other aspects of the metabolic syndrome.

 

Jennifer Renee Courtney, PharmD
Co-director of Center for Advances Pharmacy Practice 
Faculty-Community Pharmacy

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Jennifer.Courtney@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-7400

  

 

Jennifer Courtney is an adjunct faculty at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP).  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from CNUCOP in 2015.  Dr. Courtney started in pharmacy in 1998 as a Pharmacy Clerk, and is now the Pharmacy Manager at Luckys (Savemart).  She worked as the Lead Pharmacy Technician Instructor prior to teaching at CNUCOP.  Her primary focus is community pharmacy and outreach.  Dr. Courtney is also the adviser for the APhA-ASP Chapter at CNUCOP. 


Bin Deng, PharmD
Assistant Professor-Ambulatory Care

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Bin.Deng@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7848

 



Bin Deng is an assistant professor at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from CNUCOP in 2014. After graduation, he stayed on with CNUCOP as a graduate teaching assistant before starting his PGY1 residency in Community Pharmacy Practice with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After residency, Dr. Deng also completed an Ambulatory Care and Academic Fellowship with Purdue University College of Pharmacy. His primary research interests include transitions of care, primary care in medically under-served areas, and teaching and learning.

 

Eugene Kreys, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
Co-director, Center for Outcome Research
Assistant Professor – Pharmacoepidemiology


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: EKreys@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-8475

 


Eugene Kreys is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor. He went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He subsequently accepted a position as clinical pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then Medical University of South Carolina. After spending several years as a clinician Dr. Kreys returned to academia to further develop his research interests. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kreys has extensive experience assessing the effects of medication adherence on clinical outcomes and the impact evidence-based interventions on public health. Dr. Kreys aims to continue conducting pharmacoepidemiological and pharmacoeconomic studies relevant to today’s healthcare system. Specifically, Dr. Kreys is interested in pragmatic comparative effectiveness research focusing on patients treated in a naturalistic setting, which incorporate cost-effectiveness analyses to promote the applicability to public policy and better informed treatment decisions.

 

Tiffany-Jade Kreys, PharmD, BCPP

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions
Assistant Professor – Psychiatry

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: TKreys@cnsu.edu
Office Phone:  916-686-8762 




Tiffany-Jade Kreys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a retail pharmacist at CVS/Pharmacy one year prior to beginning her PGY1 general residency and PGY2 psychiatry specialty residency at the University of Pittsburgh and Medical University of South Carolina, respectively. Upon completion of her residency training, she obtained a faculty position at the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas. She has practiced in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric setting, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Mental Health Clinician, an online psychiatry journal published by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Her primary research interests include evaluating therapeutic outcomes in patients with mood and thought disorders.



Justin Lenhard, PharmD

Assistant Professor – Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Justin.Lenhard@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-8007

 



Justin Lenhard is an assistant professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Lenhard received his PharmD from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in antimicrobial pharmacology at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Lenhard’s research focusses on the in vitro suppression of antibacterial resistance and utilizing novel PK/PD strategies to combat extensively drug-resistant pathogens.


Jennifer Murphy, PharmD
Faculty-Oncology

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Jennifer.Murphy@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 



Jennifer Murphy graduated from the University of California, San Francisco where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After graduation, she completed an Acute Care PGY1 Residency at UC San Diego Health System and a PGY2 Residency in Oncology at UC Davis Health. As a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist, Dr. Murphy's areas of practice include coverage of the Inpatient Hematology/Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Gynecologic Oncology services as well as the Cancer Center Investigational Drug Service.


Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA
Faculty, Law and Ethics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Ivan.Petrzelka@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 



Dr. Petrzelka is a pharmacist-attorney specializing in representation of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals before government regulatory agencies in licensing and disciplinary matters. He has extensive experience in pharmacy management, having practiced pharmacy for over 20 years in various clinical and administrative roles before shifting his focus to legal matters.  Dr. Petrzelka is the principal attorney of the Gemini Law Firm and of counsel attorney at the California Pharmacy Lawyers Firm. 




Sam Rasty, PharmD
Associate Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Sam.Rasty@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 

 



Sam Rasty is an adjunct faculty at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ferris State University. After graduation, Dr. Rasty completed a Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Dr. Rasty was the clinical coordinator in cardiac and medical intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center and has held various academic, and pharmaceutical industry positions in Medical and Regulatory affairs prior to joining CNUCOP. Most recently Dr. Rasty completed a Master’s degree in public health with a focus in epidemiology. Dr. Rasty’s research primarily focuses on patient health outcomes in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.

 

Peter Tenerelli, PharmBSc
Assistant Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Peter.Tenerelli@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400

 



Peter Tenerelli is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Services at the California Northstate University college of Pharmacy and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice. He received his pharmacy degree from the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy in Seattle. He has an extensive community pharmacy business background, with positions of management, leadership and critical thinking expertise, including Pharmacy Manager, Coordinator, District Manager, Regional Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.  As V.P. of Pharmacy Operations, he attended the Wharton School of Business Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders.

Kenan Alkhoury, PharmBS, MSc, PhD
Adjunct Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Kenan.Alkhoury@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400




Kenan Alkhoury holds a position of Adjunct Professor at California Northstate University and also a Pharmacy Manager at CVS Pharmacy where he precepts Pharmacy students from several schools of pharmacy. Dr. Alkhoury received his Bachelor in Pharmacy from Tishreen University, Syria in 1998. He, then, pursued a research path that successfully led to an MSc and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Bradford, UK, and then later to a post doctorate project at UC Davis, California. Dr. Alkhoury investigated the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of inflammatory processes in endothelial cells by homocysteine and dietary lipids. His research was published in several peer reviewed journals and was presented in several conferences and meetings in Europe and USA. Dr. Alkhoury taught different courses for Pharmacy students and Biomedical Sciences students at Damascus University and University of Bradford and he also supervised several graduate and undergraduate projects. Dr. Alkhoury is interested in studying the genetic and molecular basis of atherosclerosis as well as mapping different pathways involved in this process in order to identify potential therapeutic targets.


Erika Titus-Lay, PharmD
Assistant Professor-Psychiatry

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Erika.Titus-Lay@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7917

 



Erika Titus-Lay is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and her PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency through Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Eskenazi Health. Her primary research interests include evaluating therapeutic outcomes in patients with thought disorders and substance use disorders.

Tuan Tran, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Tuan.Tran@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7400





Tuan Tran is an assistant professor at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his Ph.D. degree in computer engineering with a focus on data processing and coding for data systems from Oregon State University in 2010. He has involved in many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Energy (DoE). His main research interests include data analytics, data mining, text mining and predictive modeling for business and public health intelligence.


Huyen Vu, PharmD
Assistant Professor-Ambulatory Care

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Huyen.Vu@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7951

 



Huyen Vu is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Science at the California Northstate College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from MCPHS University, Boston Campus and completed her PGY-1 general pharmacy residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts. She subsequently completed a two year health outcomes fellowship program at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy with the emphasis on public health, MTM and correctional pharmacy health system. Dr. Vu’s research focuses include comparative effectiveness studies in HIV management, correctional health and underserved populations, as well as Patient-centered Outcomes research.

 


Jennifer West, PharmD, FASCP, CGP 
Director of IPE COP-COM
Co-director, Center for Geriatrics and Wellness
Coordinator of the Simulation and Medical Skills Lab
Assistant Professor – Pharmacology and Geriatrics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jennifer.West@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7396



Dr. West is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, with her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. She completed a Geriatric Fellowship at UCSF and Mt. Zion Hospitals in San Francisco.  She recently became a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. She previously taught Self-Care at California Health Sciences University, College of Pharmacy, and at California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy.

Dr. West is an active member of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the California Pharmacists Association, and the California Simulation Alliance.

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