M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., FCCP, DABCP, BCPP

Dr. Lynn Crismon

Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor Emeritus

Dr. Crismon is the Behrens Centennial Professor in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2007 to 2020, he served as Dean and James T. Doluisio Regents Chair of the UT College of Pharmacy. Dr. Crismon received his BS degree in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a joint program of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He completed residencies in pharmacy practice at the USPHS Gallup Indian Medical Center and in psychiatric pharmacy at The University of Texas and San Antonio State Hospital, and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded summer fellowship in biomedical ethics, with a focus on cross-cultural ethics, at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics, Georgetown University.  He served as a visiting professor for the Institute of Mental Health, National Health Group, Singapore, and for the pharmacy program at the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica.  He is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology.

His research, scholarship, and practice have focused on the development and evaluation of strategies to improve the pharmacotherapy and health outcomes of adults and children with severe mental disorders.  Dr. Crismon served as Co-Director of the Texas Medication Algorithm Project and as Director of the Children’s Medication Algorithm Project.  During his career, he has received research grants from federal agencies, the State of Texas, nonprofit foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry.  Since 2004, he has co-chaired the development and revisions of the Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Foster Care for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The 6th edition was released in 2019 with a new title of Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Texas Public Behavioral Health, thus applying the prescribing parameters to all Texas children receiving mental health care through Texas Medicaid and CHIP.  He served as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee that released the 312 page consensus report, Taking action against clinician burnout:  A systems approach to professional well-being, in October 2019.

Prior to becoming dean in 2007, Dr. Crismon developed a nationally recognized training program in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and mental health outcomes research.  He supervised 39 post Pharm.D. psychiatric pharmacy residents, research fellows, or graduate students.  He served as supervisor for the ASHP Foundation Psychiatric Drug Therapy Research Fellowship (twice), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Psychopharmacy Research Fellowship, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia Fellowship, and the NIMH F 32 post professional doctorate research-training award.  Seven of his research trainees were awarded New Investigator Awards by the NIMH at the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Meeting (NCDEU).  In addition to over 260 articles, chapters, books, or handbooks to his credit, he has over 200 abstracts in print, and has delivered more than 400 invited lectures or presentations.  He served as associate editor of the APhA Drug Treatment Protocols, 2nd edition and as a member of the editorial boards for The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), the APhA DrugInfoLine, and the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Dr. Crismon served as a member of the ACCP Board of Regents, the ACCP Research Institute Board of Trustees, and he is an ACCP fellow.  He is a past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Council of Deans, and past member of the AACP Board of DirectorsHe is a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE). A past chair of the ASHP Specialty Practice Group on Psychopharmacy and the task force to recognize psychiatric pharmacy as a specialty by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS), he was the first chair of the BPS Specialty Council on Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice.  He is a past president and past treasurer of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) and the TSHP R&E Foundation. He currently serves as chair of the ASHP Foundation Research Advisory Council and as a member of the Texas Health Improvement Network (THIN) Advisory Council.

Dr. Crismon is a recipient of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Philip C. and Ethyl F. Ashby Endowed Lecture Award, the UTCOP-TSHP Robert G. Leonard Memorial Lecture Award, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Judith K. Saklad Lecture Award, the Creighton University Rho Chi Lecture Award, the First Tennessee Chair of Excellence Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and he was the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the UT Southwestern Medical Center – Austin Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Pub Med publications can be accessed at: Crismon: Pub Med Page

My curriculum vitae is available below:

Crismon CV

Education & Training

B.S. in Pharmacy, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Residency in Pharmacy Practice, USPHS Indian Medical Center, Gallup, NM

Pharm.D., The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy, The University of Texas and San Antonio State Hospital

Summer Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics, Kennedy Center for Biomedical Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Pharmacology

Board Certified, Psychiatric  Pharmacy Practice, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

Licensed to practice pharmacy in Texas

Contact Information
Campus location:
PHR 5.110A

US Mail Address:
The University of Texas at Austin
College of Pharmacy
PHR 5.110A
2409 University Avenue Stop A1900
Austin, TX 78712-1113

FEDEX Address:
2409 University Avenue Stop A1900
PHR 5.110A
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1113