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Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program

Robert Dufresne

(401) 273-7100 x 2405

B.S., Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, 1980
M.S., Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Rhode Island, 1986
Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 1989
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 1990
BCPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, 1995-present
BCPP Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, 1998-present

Clinical Practice Site
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Providence, RI

Research Interests
Dr. Dufresne is a Professor of Pharmacy at the URI College of Pharmacy and a Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at the Providence VA Medical Center. His educational background includes his pharmacy degrees and certifications as well as earned doctorates in both pharmacology and psychology He is engaged in teaching psychiatric and neurologic pharmacotherapy to students of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, and assorted allied health fields. Also, he is the Behavioral Sciences Coordinator for the RI INBRE program. He also is an active member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) and has served in various capacities as a board member, journal editor, and participant in numerous committees over the years. In addition to these activities, he provides clinical service at the Providence VAMC to psychiatric outpatients while often providing consults for inpatients as well. His research over the course of his career has including work in the pharmacotherapy of affective disorders, depression in schizophrenia, antipsychotic pharmacotherapy, mood disorders in the elderly, brain reward mechanisms, and schizophrenic typology. Over the past decade, he has spent much of his attention researching the effects of atypical antipsychotics on metabolic disorders, and has published extensively in the area of antipsychotic induced dyslipidemia.

Other Appointments
Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist Providence VA Medical Center

The Program

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, or a Certificate in the Neurosciences. The program provides broad instruction across several neuroscience disciplines and gives students an opportunity to focus on a specific area of specialization.

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Request for Proposals Rhode Island Neuroscience Collaborative Pilot Study Awards - Deadline for Applications: April15, 2014