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Nichols, Stephanie, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Nichols, Stephanie, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Nichols, Stephanie, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Associate Professor School of Pharmacy

Contact Information:

Husson University
223B Peabody Hall
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.941.7946 Phone: Fax: Email: nicholss@husson.edu Department Email:

Biography

Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Husson University. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, Dr. Nichols completed a Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, Maine. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP). She is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty in Husson’s Graduate Nursing Program. 

Dr. Nichols has been practicing clinical pharmacy in the area of adult med/psych for over a decade and is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry. Throughout her career, she has served as a preceptor for over 50 students from 7 distinct pharmacy schools. She has also served as a preceptor for a dozen medical/psychiatry physician residents and for a handful of pharmacy residents. She has won awards for her pharmacy student preceptorship (Husson Faculty Experiential Educator of the Year) and for her psychiatry resident teaching (MMC Psychiatry Residents and Fellows Outpatient Teacher of the Year Award)

In the classroom, Dr. Nichols teaches mental health topics and courses, including the following: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Geriatric Psychopharmacology, Drug Induced Psychiatric Diseases, and Advance Psychopharmacology. Dr. Nichols was awarded the Husson Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award for her didactic teaching. In practice, Dr. Nichols focuses on interprofessional teaching and patient care in the area of psychiatry. She and her students are actively engaged in inpatient psychiatry rounds, consult-liaison psychiatry rounds, outpatient psychiatry preceptor clinic, and substance use disorder rounds. 

Dr. Nichols is heavily involved in professional service and holds the following national positions: appointed member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisor council (2016-2019), editorial board member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Recertification Editorial Board (2016-2018), and appointed member of the Programming Committee (2015–2017) for the 2017 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting. She also delivers psychopharmacotherapy and substance use disorder education throughout the state at various pharmacy, medical, and interprofessional conferences including: Maine Pharmacy Association, Maine Society of Health System Pharmacists, Maine Association of Physician Assistants, Maine Occupational Therapy Association, Maine Medical Association, and American College of Physicians. She was awarded the Cardinal Health Generations RX Champions Award by the Maine Pharmacy Association for her outstanding commitment to education around substance use disorders and prescription drug abuse. 

Dr. Nichols is currently researching various aspects of substance use disorders and psychotropic polypharmacy and presents her research at ACCP and CPNP national meetings. She was named as one of “The Great Eight” and ultimately received 1st runner up for her research presentation on prescription drug trafficking at the 2016 ACCP Global Conference.  Her recent publications are noted below and include scholarly publications in Pharmacotherapy, Current Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in her woods with her husband, Eric, and her dog, Sage. She also enjoys gardening, painting, and lighthouses. 

Professional Work

Nichols SD, Bulman M, Tisher A, Campbell J. A Case of Possible Iatrogenic Ketamine-Induced Mania in a Patient Being Treated for Post-Operative Pain.  Psychosomatics 2016;57:543-46. doi:10.1016/j.psym.2016.06.003

Nichols SD, Bishop J. Is the evidence compelling for using ketamine to treat resistant depression?  Current Psychiatry 2016 May;15(5):48-51.

McCall K, Nichols SD, Holt C, Ochs L, Cattabriga G, Tu C. Prescription Monitoring Program Trends among Individuals Arrested in Maine for Trafficking Prescription Drugs in 2014.  Pharmacotherapy 2016 Jun;36(6):585-9. doi: 10.1002/phar.1758.

Piper B, Desrociers C, Lipovsky J, Rodney M, Baker R, McCall KM, Nichols SD, Martin S.  Use and Abuse of Opioids in Maine: Results from Pharmacists, the Prescription Monitoring and the Diversion Alert Programs. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2016;77(4):556-65.

Collier M, Nichols SD, Campbell J. In Your Dreams - A Case of Presumed Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Journal of Sleep Disorders and Management 2015; 1:007.