Stephen R. Saklad, PharmD, BCPP
Director of Psychiatric Pharmacy Program in San Antonio
San Antonio State Hospital and University of Texas College of Pharmacy
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Saklad was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Pacific Palisades High School and received his baccalaureate degree in Bacteriology from UCLA. His Doctor of Pharmacy degree  was  earned  at  USC  in  1978. He  did  a  NIMH  fellowship in  Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha in 1978-9, with Jim Wilson, Pharm.D., BCPP, and joined the faculty of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1979. He has lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1979. He is married and the father of triplet sons.

He was the first clinical pharmacist hired by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (now the Texas Department of State Health Services) when he began as Clinical Coordinator at San Antonio State Hospital in 1979.

Dr. Saklad has provided care in a variety of settings and treatment roles at San Antonio State Hospital. Wrote and successfully lobbied for the creation of a clinical research unit at San Antonio State Hospital funded by the Texas Legislature and governed by the College of Pharmacy, Department of Psychiatry and San Antonio State Hospital. He developed the first websites for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1994 and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) in 1997. In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists for a two-year period. He is the Director of the University of Texas Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program in San Antonio.

He has published articles and presented to many groups around the country on a variety of pharmacy and mental health related topics. He was the editor of Psychopharmacology Update a newsletter, founded by Frank Tornatore, Pharm.D., from 1998-2002. He has edited two editions of a compendium  based  upon  this  newsletter: Psychopharmacology Desktop Reference, published by Manisses Communications Group in 1999 and 2002. He was the first editor of the Journal of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (JCPNP), which began publication as a peer-reviewed online journal in 2002. He is a principal or co-investigator for several studies of the efficacy and adverse effects of Phase II, III, and IV psychotropic agents in schizophrenia, mood disorders, and other serious  mental illness,  as well as their pharmacokinetics and interactions. He is the Director of UTHSCSA Advanced Pharmacotherapy Research with research facilities located at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center and President of Alamo Superior Research, LLC.

Dr Saklad has received the following honors and awards:

  • Presidential Honors Certificate, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (2004)
  • San Antonio State Hospital's "SASH Star" Employee Recognition Award (four times in 1998-2001)
  • Dean's Advisory Council of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy (1997 - present)
  • Chancellor's Council, The University of Texas (1997 - present)
  • University of Texas Presidential Scholarship Committee, The University of Texas (1997 - present)
  • Listings in Who's Who
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • Who's Who Among Young American Professionals
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who's Who in the Medicine and Healthcare
  • Harrison Award for Outstanding Performance (Finalist), Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (1986)
  • Neill B. Walsdorf Endowed Fellowship Chair in Psychiatric Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin (1985-current)
  • Pharmacy Scholarship, Los Altos Hospital Woman's Auxiliary (1975)Cum Laude, University of California at Los Angeles (1974)
  • Honors Program, College of Letters and Science, University of California at Los Angeles (1972-4)
  • Dean's Honor List, University of California at Los Angeles (1973)
  • Certificate of Achievement, Competitive Physics Test, American Association of  Physics Teachers (1970)
  • National Merit Scholarship Federation (qualifier) (1969).

View slides from his acceptance speech.