​PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency


PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area.

Practice Site

The PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency is offered by Riverside University Health System (RUHS) Medical Center Department of Pharmacy in cooperation with RUHS Department of Behavioral Health and University of California Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

The residency experiences are held a multiple locations throughout the county. The majority of residency experiences will take place at RUHS Arlington Campus, located in Riverside. The Arlington Campus includes a 77-bed Inpatient Mental Health Hospital, and 2 Psychiatric Emergency rooms. Units include a 9 bed psychiatric ICU, two 28 bed adult units, a 12 bed adolescent unit, as well as adult and a pediatric/adolescent emergency departments. Additionally, the Arlington Campus pharmacy provides hospital discharge medications.

In addition to time at the Arlington Campus, residents will spend time at the RUHS Medical Center, located in Moreno Valley, for their geriatrics and psychiatric consult liaison services (PCLS) rotations. For the Academic Psychiatry/Neurology rotation, the residents will spend time at Loma Linda School of Pharmacy, as well as multiple affiliated clinics. Finally, the resident-run psychiatric clinics are located in Riverside and Moreno Valley within Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

RUHS Psychiatric Pharmacists are responsible for providing both operational and clinical services at all sites. Psychiatric Pharmacists work under P&T approved protocols in the inpatient setting allowing for monitoring and ordering of appropriate lab work for clozapine, anticoagulation, and metabolic monitoring. Psychiatric Pharmacists conduct daily screening and documentation for Joint Commission Core Measure HBIPS, medication reconciliation, medication group, and treatment team participation.

RUHS Arlington serves as a main training site for UCR Medical School's Psychiatry Residency, UCR’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship programs, and RUHS Psychiatry Residency. As such, there will be extensive collaboration with these trainees. Psychiatric pharmacy staff train student pharmacists attending multiple national universities, including University of the Pacific, University of Southern California, Keck Graduate Institute, Loma Linda University, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. With the vast majority of trainees, the resident will gain ample exposure to preceptorship and hone these skills.

RUHS Psychiatric Pharmacy Faculty

Andy Williams, PharmD BCPP – Residency Program Director
Ana Barron, PharmD BCPP
Niyati Butala, PharmD BCPP
Phillip Huynh, PharmD
Dalea Kandela, PharmD
Erika Kim, PharmD BCPP
Jessa Koch, PharmD BCPP
Melissa Mitchell, PharmD BCPP BCPS BCGP
Esther Moon, PharmD
Susie Park, PharmD BCPP FCSHP
Sabrina Snyder, PharmD BCPP
Additional pharmacy and medicine faculty provide selective learning experiences

Required Rotations

  • RUHS – Arlington Campus (Riverside)
    • Orientation
    • Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
    • Advanced Inpatient Psychiatry (Supervisory Role)
    • Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Emergency Psychiatry
  • RUHS – Main Campus (Moreno Valley)
    • Consult Liaison Psychiatry
    • Geriatrics
  • Loma Linda University (Loma Linda)
    • Academic Psychiatry/Neurology

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Academia/Education
    • Community/consumer education (including NAMI local association meetings and/or RUHS Family/Peer advocate meetings)
    • Grand Rounds/in-services (including Psychopharmacology Series, RUHS Psychiatry Residency Didactcs, Health Inequities and Structural Competency Series, etc)
    • Pharmacy school classroom didactics (Loma Linda School of Pharmacy and Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy CNS Modules)
  • Ambulatory Psychiatric Clinic
    • Following CA RPH Licensure, resident is granted mid-level practitioner privileges and assumes a patient case load within an RUHS FQHC or Hospital based clinic.
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Operations
    • Staffing at Arlington campus (minimum 1 weekend shift a month)
    • Conducting unit inspections at the Arlington Campus
    • Co-chairing Arlington Campus Medication Management Committee
  • Research
    • o Present research as a poster at the midyear meeting for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the annual meeting of the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP) if funding permits. Research also to be presented at the RUHS Research Symposium
    • Encouraged to present a platform presentation at annual RUHS Research Symposium
    • Goal of the research experience is to develop a research protocol or new service that is suitable for publication

Offered Elective Rotations

  • Administration
  • Correctional Health Services
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Extension of any required experience
  • Teaching Certificate available if interested

Residency Qualifications

  • Applicants must have obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy and be eligible for pharmacist licensure in California.
  • Applicants must be participating in, or have completed, an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program or one in the ASHP accreditation process.
  • Applicants must participate in the Residency Matching Program designated by ASHP and submit their application using the PhORCAS system.

Residency Graduates

  • Niyati Butala, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2019) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at RUHS
  • Sabrina Snyder, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2020) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at RUHS
  • Ana Barron, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2021) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at RUHS
  • Erika Kim, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2021) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at RUHS
  • Hayley Andrews, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2022) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
  • Connie Kang, PharmD BCPP (c/o 2022) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Stefanie Schwab, PharmD (c/o 2023) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at Colorado Children’s Hospital and Research Fellow with University of Colorado
  • Esther Moon, PharmD (c/o 2023) – Psychiatric Pharmacist at RUHS

Current Residents

  • Hayley Cliatt, PharmD (Hayley.Cliatt@ruhealth.org)
  • Jonathan Lam, PharmD (Jonathan.Lam@ruhealth.org)


Andy Williams, PharmD BCPP
Supervising Clinical Pharmacist, Behavioral Health
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director
RUHS- Medical Center, Arlington Campus
9990 County Farm Rd
Riverside, CA 92503
Phone: (951) 358-6551
Email: andrew.williams@ruhealth.org