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.
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.
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, BCPS-AQ Cardiology
Vice Chair and Assistant Professor
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.
Anna Forrest, BS
Office Phone: 916-686-8181
Ms. Forrest has over 12 years of experience in secondary and higher education professions as well as working for two non-profit institutions. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Clinical and Administrative Sciences Department.
Ms. Forrest has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a focus on Communications from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Jennifer Renee Courtney, PharmD
Co-director of Center for Advances Pharmacy Practice and
Adjunct Faculty, Community Pharmacy
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.
Jennifer Graham, PharmD, MPH
Assistant Professor – Internal Medicine
Office Phone: 916-686-7694
Dr. Graham earned her PharmD and MPH degrees from Touro University College of Pharmacy, and her PGY-1 General Pharmacy Practice Residency at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She currently works at UC Davis Medical Center as the Dermatology Clinical Pharmacist in the Dermatology Clinic and Specialty Pharmacy and in the Cancer Center and Internal Medicine Refill Clinic, teaches at California Northstate and is also a Per-Diem Pharmacist at Sutter Davis Hospital.
Sukhvir Kaur, PharmD, BCACP
Director of Assessment and
Assistant Professor – Ambulatory Care
Office Phone: 916-686-8793
Sukhvir Kaur is the Director of Assessment at College of Pharmacy and an Assistant Professor in the Clinical and Administrative Sciences department at the California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy. She received her doctorate of pharmacy from University of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester campus and completed her pharmacy residency at UMassMemorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her pharmacy experience includes inpatient clinical pharmacy, home-infusion and community pharmacy. She began her academic career at University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy where she was a founding faculty.
Dr. Kaur is a recipient of American Pharmacists Association One-To-One Patient Counseling Recognition. Dr. Kaur taught courses including communication skills, self-care management, respiratory disorders, dermatological conditions, run a pharmaceutical care laboratory and precept students in their advanced pharmacy practice experiences in ambulatory care.
Eugene Kreys, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
Co-director, Center for Outcome Research and
Assistant Professor – Pharmacoepidemiology
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 and
Assistant Professor – Psychiatry
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
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.
Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA
Adjunct Faculty, Law and Ethics
Office Phone: 916-686-xxxx
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.
Olivia Phung, PharmD
Co-director, Center for Outcome Research and
Assistant Professor – Pharmacoeconomics
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.
Cyndi Porter-Fraser, MBA
Office Phone: 916-686-8668
An academic executive with over twenty years of progressive leadership experience in higher education including budget oversight, personnel management, regional and programmatic accreditation, academic advising, faculty and staff training, committee chair, and teaching. The last twelve years of experience has been dedicated to service of education at professional colleges in the health sciences including pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, and holistic medicine.
Sam Rasty, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, RAC
Associate Professor – Internal Medicine/Cardiology
Office Phone: 916-686-7613
Sam Rasty is an associate professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences 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.
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
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.