Sarah T. Melton is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College
of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. She is the Clinical Pharmacist at
Highpower, PC in Lebanon, Virginia and the Johnson City Community Health Center in
Johnson City, TN. Dr. Melton received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1991) and
Doctor of Pharmacy (1994) degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College
of Virginia School of Pharmacy (VCU). She completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy
at VCU in 1996. She has been a board certified psychiatric pharmacist (Board of Pharmaceutical
Specialties) since 1997 and a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist since 2011.
She has been a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist since 2005 and is a Fellow of the American
Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She performs Medication Therapy Management in the
areas of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, addiction, and other primary care disorders.
She works directly with patients and an interdisciplinary team in the area of substance
abuse at Highpower, PC.
She is an author of pharmacy textbook chapters on anxiety disorders in Pharmacotherapy,
A Pathophysiologic Approach and on insomnia in the APhA Handbook of Nonprescription
Drugs. She also authored cases in the casebook that accompanies the Pharmacotherapy
text. She has published review articles and research in Annals of Pharmacotherapy,
Psychopharmacology Bulletin, Journal of Family Practice, American Family Physician,
and the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. She is an author for Medcape Pharmacists: Ask
the Experts (http://www.medscape.com/pharmacists/asktheexperts).
Dr. Melton has presented research at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy,
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) and NECDEU national meetings.
Areas of interest in research include prescription and over-the counter substance
abuse and misuse; addiction in rural Appalachia; tobacco cessation; and mental health
in rural Appalachia.
Dr. Melton was awarded the prestigious Health Care Hero Cup of Kindness Award by The
Business Journal and King Pharmaceuticals. This award was given in recognition of
her community service and contribution to the health and welfare of underserved patients
in Southwest Virginia. She was awarded the 2009 Innovative Practice Award by the College
of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists for her presentation regarding the "Role
of the Pharmacist in Collaborative Care for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment
in Medically Underserved Appalachia." Dr. Melton was featured on the cover of Pharmacy
Today, magazine of the American Pharmacists Association, for her work with patients
with mental illness in Appalachia. The article can be found online at http://www.pharmacist.com/pharmacist-central-appalachia-addresses-problems-hit-her-community-hardest
She is a member of several pharmacy organizations, including the American Association
of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American
College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, Virginia Pharmaceutical
Association, Virginia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric
and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Dr. Melton was selected to participate in the 2009 and 2010 AACP/Wal-Mart Scholars
Program. She currently serves as Senior Editor of the CPNP Recertification Editorial
Board (www.cpnp.org) and as an author for the 2010, 2012, and 2014 CPNP Review Courses. She is Chair
of the Board of Directors of OneCare of Southwest Virginia (http://onecareva.org/). She was appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Foundation
for Healthy Youth in 2010 for a four-year term.
Education, Degree, & Post Graduate Training:
Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice 1996, Virginia Commonwealth University,
Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy
Doctor of Pharmacy 1994 Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
School of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science Pharmacy 1991 Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College
of Virginia School of Pharmacy
Board of Pharmacy Specialties, Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist 2011- present
Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy
Board of Pharmacy Specialties, Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, 1996- present
Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2011 – present
Pharmacotherapy of Psychiatric and Neurologic Illnesses, Addiction Medicine, Contemporary
Practice of Pharmacy
Pharmacotherapy of Psychiatric and Neurologic Illnesses
Substance Abuse and Addiction in Appalachia: Impacting the Community through a Vision
Contemporary Practice of Pharmacy I, II
Prescription drug abuse, addiction during pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome,
tobacco abuse, naloxone reversal of opioid overdose
Melton ST, Kirkwood CK. Insomnia, Drowsiness and Fatigue. Handbook of Nonprescription
Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care.,18th edition. Eds. Berardi RR, Kroon
LA, McDermott JH, et al. In press.
Melton ST. Anxiety Disorders. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacist Review
Course for Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy. January 2014 Melton ST, Kirkwood
CK. Generalized Anxiety, Panic and Social Anxiety Disorders. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic
Approach, 9th edition. Eds. Dipiro JT, Talbert RT, Yee GC, et al. In press.
One Care of Southwest Virginia Writing Group. Blueprint for the Control and Mitigation
of Substance Abuse and Misuse in Southwest Virginia (Healthy Appalachia Project).
Melton ST. Patient Centered Care: Changing Lives. On Being a Pharmacist: True Stories
by Pharmacists. Eds. Pangilinan JM, Waddell JA. February 2010.
Melton ST. House Calls. On Being a Pharmacist: True Stories by Pharmacists. Eds. Pangilinan
JM, Waddell JA. February 2010.
Melton ST, Kirkwood CK. Eszopiclone. Annals of Pharmacotherapy.2005;39 (10):1659-1666.
Melton ST, Kirkwood CK, Ghaemi SN. Pharmacotherapy of HIV dementia. Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Melton ST, Kirkwood CK, Farrar TW, Brink DB, Carroll NV. Economic evaluation of paroxetine
and imipramine in depressed outpatients. Psychopharm Bulletin 1997;33(1):93-100.
Significant Regional, State, or National Service:
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, Senior Editor, Recertification
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, Review Course Author
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chair, Substance Abuse Special Interest
Tennessee Department of Health Neonatal Abstinence Taskforce
One Care of Southwest Virginia – Chair of Board of Directors
American Society of Hospital Pharmacists 1991 - 1995
American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 1995 - present
American College of Clinical Pharmacy 1994 - present
American Pharmacists Association 1991 - present
Virginia Pharmacists Association 2000 - present
Education Committee Member 2006 - 2008
Virginia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 2000 - present
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists 2000 - present
Recertification Committee Chair 2010 - present
Review Course Author 2009 - present
Recertification Committee Vice-Chair 2009 - 2010
Recertification Committee Member 2007 - present
Reviewer, BCPP Review Course 2008
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists 2004 – present
Fellow 2011 - present
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 2006 – present
Chair 2014- present
Chair-elect, Substance Abuse Special Interest Group 2011-2014