May 12, 2011    #113
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UMKC School of Pharmacy professor receives 2011 CPNP Saklad Award

Dr. Roger W. Sommi recognized for distinction in field of psychiatric pharmacy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Roger W. Sommi, PharmD, Professor of Pharmacy and Psychiatry, has been awarded the 2011 Judith J. Saklad Award from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).

Roger Sommi and Steven Stoner of the UMKC School of Pharmacy
Dr. Roger Sommi (left) and Dr. Steven Stoner of the UMKC School of Pharmacy at the 2011 CPNP Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction, represents the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, displays a passion for optimizing patient care, and demonstrates continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. The Saklad Award was presented to Dr. Sommi on May 2 during the 2011 CPNP Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dr. Sommi teaches and practices as part of the Psychopharmacy Research and Education Program at the Center for Behavioral Medicine, one of UMKC's affiliated health institutions. His area of research interest is primarily in outcomes associated with drug treatment of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. He is a consultant with several community mental health centers and is involved with the local Kansas City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness as an instructor in the Crisis Intervention Team training program for local law enforcement agencies.

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists was founded in 1998 when a network of pharmacists created the professional society. The mission of CPNP is to promote excellence in pharmacy practice, education and research to optimize treatment outcomes of individuals affected by psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

About the UMKC School of Pharmacy

Founded in 1885, the UMKC School of Pharmacy is the only public school of pharmacy in the state of Missouri. The School offers professional practice (doctor of pharmacy-Pharm.D.), non-practice bachelors (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees. The School of Pharmacy is committed to providing an atmosphere that promotes life-long learning by helping students develop both the knowledge and skills needed to be a pharmacy professional in an ever-changing health-care environment. For more information about the UMKC School of Pharmacy, visit You can also find the School of Pharmacy on Facebookand follow the School on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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