Psychopharmacology, Ethnicity and Culture


Craig Strickland, Ph.D. – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

February 14, 2024

A live, interactive, online training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89 


In the US, psychopharmacology has been in existence for approximately 70 years since the FDA approval of Thorazine (1952). Much of research focus has been on group differences associated with age and gender. Surprisingly, little research has focused on different ethnoracial groups. This presentation will look at differences in how medications are absorbed, distributed and metabolized (known as pharmacokinetics) across groups. In addition, there are differences in how ethnoracial groups view the value of psychotropic medication including medication adherence, another area to be discussed within this workshop.



1. Summarize critical diagnostic issues associated with ethnoracial groups

2. List several differences between groups based on pharmacokinetics (characteristic interactions of a drug and the body)

3. Describe differences in how different groups view the recovery potential of psychotropic medication used to treat mental illness and/or addiction


Agenda: A break will be provided

Welcome   9:30-9:40 AM
Challenges and history  9:40-10:00
Definitions/language overview   10:00-10:15
Biology  10:15-11:00
  Liver function
  Metabolizer types
  Pharmacokinetics (ADME): (how the body reacts to a drug)
  Pharmacodynamics: (effect the body has on the drug)
Break   11:00-11:15
Specific medication examples   11:15-11:45
Comorbidities   11:45-12:00
Social bias   12:00-12:20
Question/Answers   12:20-12:30


CEU Hours: This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.


About the Presenter:

Craig Strickland, Ph.D.

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research. His dissertation research involved recording neural activity in order to observe the effects of benzodiazepine administration within animal models of anxiety. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and an Adjunct Professor position at Philadelphia University. Dr. Strickland is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation, LLC.



Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a email containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)


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  • February 14, 2024 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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