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MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology

The MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) is a post-doctoral program designed to provide licensed psychologists with training in the use of medication as part of the treatment of psychological disorders. Prospective applicants should be licensed psychologists who have earned a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited program and institution.

Located at Idaho State University-Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center, the two-year program combines traditional classroom coursework with supervised clinical experience during the summer semesters.

A non-traditional, part-time route is also available for current practitioners. If a non-traditional route is desired, students should contact the program training director to determine an appropriate schedule to complete requirements, keeping in mind prerequisite and co-requisites.


In the first year of the program, students will complete foundational courses in pharmacology and physical assessment. In the second year, students will complete integrated coursework in pharmacology and therapeutic treatment. Content in law, ethics, research, writing, and practice management will also be covered. Based on the requirements of Idaho state law and APA training recommendations, supervised clinical experiences will be required in both years of the curriculum.

Goals and Outcomes


To enhance access to safe and evidence-based mental health services as the foremost training and

research program in psychopharmacology.


We train psychologists to deliver comprehensive services in interprofessional settings and

through research, further the understanding of psychopharmacology.

Access: Serving underserved and rural communities
Collaborative: Interdisciplinary education and practice
Rigor: Undiluted standards for academics, professional training, and ethical behavior
Innovative: Impact learning and research utilizing advanced technology and best
practices in teaching
Safety: Prioritize patient well-being
Relationships: Forging partnerships promoting excellence in everything we do



More Information

Eric Silk, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.

Training Director Clinical Psychopharmacology Program

Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy

Prospective applicants to the MSCP program must have:

  • A doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited program and institution
  • Current licensure as a psychologist and have practiced as a health services provider as defined by state law, where applicable, or by the APA
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts submitted with application materials (any coursework completed more than 7 years prior to applying to the program, will require special review and may not be accepted)
  • Two letters of professional recommendation from faculty or professional colleagues
  • A letter of intent with a brief statement explaining why the candidate wishes to pursue this degree at Idaho State University and how this would help them attain their professional goals
  • GRE scores (scores can be waived if the student graduated from a doctoral program in psychology with a 3.5 GPA or above)

Mark C. Austin

Professor in the Clinical Psychopharmacology Program

(208) 282-3534

Dr. Austin’s research has focused on the molecular neurochemistry of the serotonin system in major depressive disorder. During his career it become evident that major depression is a very heterogeneous disorder that is associated with a high rate of other serious medical comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes, obesity and repetitive concussion syndrome. Dr. Austin has begun to develop a broader research program that has expanded and evolved into investigating epigenetic, developmental, cytoskeletal and signal transduction mechanisms underlying depression, chronic stress, obesity and repetitive traumatic brain injury. His research projects involve a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, biochemistry, and molecular biology disciplines and utilize a variety biochemical and molecular biological techniques as well as in vitro cell culture and in vivo small rodent models.

Dr. Austin is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Washington State University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular and behavioral neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD.

Noah Harper

Associate Laboratory Manager, Bioskills Lab Supervisor

(208) 373-1828

Noah Harper is the Supervisor of the Bioskills Laboratory and has been integral in its development. He is actively engaging groups both locally and nationally to foster the success of this unique enterprise. In his position as the Associate Laboratory Manager, Noah assists in the supervision of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory including training and oversight of Lab Technicians and Interns.

Noah joined the Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories as a Laboratory Specialist in August, 2015 and was promoted to Bioskills Supervisor and Associate Laboratory Manager in July, 2016. He received his training in the anatomical sciences at the University of Utah and began teaching anatomical sciences in 2007. Noah is an active member of the American Association of Anatomists and has served on the Public Affairs and Strategic Planning Committees. As an outdoor enthusiast, Noah spends his free time exploring the mountains and river canyons surrounding the Treasure Valley and beyond.

Eric Silk

Training Director Clinical Psychopharmacology Program, Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy

(208) 373-1802

Dr. Silk is the Training Director of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Program and a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University. Dr. Silk has an extensive history of experience in psychopharmacology and assessment of psychological, neuropsychological, and substance use disorders.

Dr. Silk earned a B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University. He completed a M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He then worked as a Research Coordinator at the Substance Use Research Center at the New York State Psychiatric Institute affiliated with the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. His Ph.D. is in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University. He also completed a post-doc M.S. in psychopharmacology at Nova Southeastern.

Dr. Silk’s career path led him to Wyoming, where he continued to teach, developed a psychological practice, and pursued leadership in the Wyoming Psychological Association. He was an associate professor of psychology at Northwest College and is currently an Assistant Lecturer at University of Wyoming and University of Idaho. He was the president of the Wyoming Psychological Association from 2017-2018. Dr. Silk is a licensed clinical psychologist in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho.

Lorinda K. Smith

Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories Manager

(208) 373-1771

Lorinda Smith is the manager of the Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories and oversees the personnel, operations, and development of all the laboratories. Lorinda began at TVAPL in May, 2015. Prior to ISU, she taught human gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and related courses to graduate professional students at University of Utah. She started teaching gross anatomy in 2004.

Lorinda completed a B.S. in Biological Science at Northern Arizona University. She has a Master’s in Occupational Therapy and worked in physical rehabilitation before returning to the University of Utah to complete a Master's of Philosophy, a Higher Education Teaching Specialist Designation, and advanced graduate work in the neural control of movement in Parkinson's Disease. She has served on the American Association of Anatomists Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists and the Educational Advisory Committee, and has received several graduate student and young faculty research presentation awards for both educational and motor control research.

Page Haviland, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychopharmacology Program Consultant

Dr. Page Haviland has over 27 years of inpatient, outpatient, academic and corporate psychological experience. Dr. Haviland received her bachelor’s and first master’s degree from California State University at Fullerton in psychology. She received her second master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, LA campus.

Dr. Haviland began her Navy career as a Navy psychologist, completing her internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. She has since worked as a psychologist in the private sector. Dr. Haviland has treated hundreds of adult in both in-patient and out-patient settings with a broad range of mental health issues while serving in various Navy facilities. She was the department head of the psychology outpatient clinic in Patuxent River, Maryland. As clinical director of the Navy‘s largest inpatient alcohol rehabilitation center located in Jacksonville, Florida, she supervised the treatment of adult inpatients with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction issues as well as eating disorders. Dr. Haviland advised leadership in various naval commands in the areas of aeromedical psychology and forensic psychology. She has taught Abnormal Psychology, Test and Measurements, and Learning and Cognition courses at Columbia College. She worked at the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole, where she conducted individual and community assessments for “winter over” staff and collected data on seasonal affective disorder and the effects of sustained isolation for the University of San Diego and NASA respectively. She spent six years consulting with corporate executives in the United States and Germany in the areas of change management; merger and acquisition integration; high potential development; succession planning; and faltering executive interventions.

Dr. Haviland was part of the advocacy team that wrote the bill allowing psychologist with appropriate education to prescribe medication in the state of Idaho. As past president of the Idaho Psychological Association and consultant at Idaho State University, she continues to work to develop the master’s in clinical psychopharmacology within the Department of Pharmacy.

Dr. Haviland moved to Boise in 2005 and enjoys golfing and spending time with her family.

*Future faculty positions will include an Assistant/Associate Professor of Psychopharmacology (this position will be a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist) and a Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor, Psychopharmacology NP (this position will be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner).

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester!

To apply, begin by creating an account at

Select Graduate Degree Seeking for Application Type and Masters/Post-Masters for Degree Type. Choose Clinical Psychopharmacology for the Program Selection.

The application will require a Letter of Intent briefly explaining why you wish to pursue this degree at Idaho State University and how this would help you attain your professional goals.

Additional application materials include:

  • Copies of transcripts
  • Names and contact information for 2 professional references
  • GRE test scores
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Proof of current licensure and practice as a health service provider

The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the application process.