Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

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Primary Teaching

PHRM 644 | Neurological and Psychiatric II

Areas of Research and Specialization

Psychiatric pharmacy, primary care, and providing psychiatric services in a primary care setting. Active learning in the classroom, including using gameshows effectively in the classroom.


2004-2005 | Psychopharmacology Resident, Nova Southeastern University 

2000-2004 | Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Florida Gainesville, Fla. 

Teaching/Clinical Experience 

2010-2013 | University of Hawaii at Hilo, Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy, Assistant Professor
Practice Site:  Physician Center at Mililani as an ambulatory care pharmacist with University of Hawaii Family Medicine Residency program 

2005-2010 | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy,Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site:  Monmouth Medical Center as an psychiatric pharmacist  

Other Clinical Appointments

2013-Present | University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor 

2011-2013 | University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor 

2007-2010 | Drexel School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor  


Faculty of the Year, Family Medicine Residency Program, John A Burns School of Medicine, 2013

Faculty Preceptor of the Year, University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy, 2013 

Innovative Practice Award, Hawaii Pharmacists Association, 2012

Therapeutic Case Report Award (College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists), 2010

Selected Posters 

Chavez B, Juarez D, Davis J, Inouye J. Type of Antidepressant Medication Related to Adherence and Medication Costs in Patients with Diabetes and Comorbid Depression and/or Anxiety.  Presented at CPNP Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., in April 2013. 

Juarez D, Chavez B. Relationship of Antidepressant Use to Anti-diabetic Medication Adherence, Health Care Utilization and Costs in Patients with Diabetes in Hawaii.  Presented at Pacific Institute of Nursing Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, in March 2013.   

Chavez B, Zeszotarski P.  Perceived utility of a distance learning system in a professional university by students and faculty.  Presented at AACP Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in July 2012. 

Chavez B, Chaisri I.  Description and Impact of Pharmacy Services in a Family Medicine. Presented at Hawaii Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai‘i in April 2012. 

Chavez B, Volino LR, Gilliam EH, Pathak R. Fun with Pharmacy: Game Show Activities in the Classroom. Presented at AACP Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash., in July 2010.  

Selected Publications

Chavez B, Cummings V. Treatment Options for Tourette Syndrome. Ment Health Clin. 2013;2(11):88. 

Chavez B. The role of second generation antipsychotics in autism disorder.  Ment Health Clin. 2012;2(3):13 

Chavez B, Gilliam EH, Pathak R, Volino LR. Popular game shows as educational tools in the pharmacy classroom.  Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2012;4:146-149. 

Chavez B, Hughes F. The Use of Short Downloadable Lectures to Supplement Didactic Lectures. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2012;4(1):16-18.  

Ornellas T, Chavez B. Naltrexone SR/Bupropion SR (Contrave): A New Approach to Weight Loss in Obese Adults.  P&T 2011;36(5).:255-62.  

Chavez B, Reilly T. Manic and psychotic symptoms following subcutaneous leuprolide in a male patient with no prior psychiatric history.  J Clin Psych 2010;71(12):1696-98. 

Gerhard T, Chavez B, Olfson M, Crystal S. National patterns in the outpatient pharmacological management of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. J Clin Psychopharm 2009;29(3):307-10. 

Chavez B, Sopko M, Ehret M, et al.   An update on central nervous system stimulant formulations in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Ann Pharmacother 2009; 43(6):1084-95. 

Chavez B, Chavez-Brown M, Rey JA. Role of risperidone in children with autism spectrum disorder. Ann Pharmacother 2006;40:909-16.    

Selected Invited Presentations

Game Shows in the Pharmacy Classroom, presented as part of 1-hour webinar series for American Association of College of Pharmacy, March 2012  

Depression for the Primary Care Physician, presented as a 1-hour CME program to physicians at the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, February 2012 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Treatment Overview and Counseling Points, presented a 90-minute CE program for Ohio Pharmacists Association in Honolulu, Hawai‘i in February 2012

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Creighton Hall 452
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