Karen Moeller

Clinical Professor
Vice Chair for Education
Primary office:
Wescoe, 6009L


Dr. Karen E. Moeller is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The University of Kansas. Her primary practice site is in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at The University of Kansas Hospitals. Moeller is active in both teaching and research. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse and schizophrenia.

Moeller earned a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Medical College of Virginia in 2000 and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996. She completed an ASHP accredited residency in hospital pharmacy practice and psychiatric pharmacy practice at West Virginia University in 2002. In 2003, Moeller became board certified in psychiatric pharmacy. 

Courses and Rotations

  • PHPR 647 – Pharmacotherapy II (Coordinator)
  • PHPR 510 – Medical Terminology (Co-coordinator)
  • PHPR 513 – Chemical Dependency (Co–coordinator)
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Advanced Clerkship (Preceptor)
  • Advance Teaching Clerkship (Preceptor)

Professional Leadership/Service

  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists - Consumer Relations Committee, Chair 2012, Consumer Relations Committee, Vice-chair 2011, Communications Committee, Chair 2006-2007
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - Faculty Delegate, 2012, Faculty Delegate, Alternate 2010,2011
  • Mental Health Prescription Drug Advisory Committee - Kansas Health Policy Authority 2009-2011


  • Optimizing metabolic monitoring in patients with schizophrenia
  • Relapse rates among atypical antipsychotics
  • Preventive healthcare in patients with mental illness

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Preceptor of the Year, University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy (2011)
  • Original Research Award, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (2010)
  • First Place, Encore Poster Presentation, Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacist.(2010)
  • Distinguished Teacher of the Year, University of Kansas (2008)

Selected Publications

  • Moeller KE, Rigler SK, Mayorga A, Nazir N, Shireman TI. Quality of Monitoring for Metabolic Effects Associated with Second Generation Antipsychotics in Patients with Schizophrenia on Public Insurance, Schizophr. Res. 2011;126:117-123
  • Moeller KE, Shireman TI, Generali J, Rigler S, Mayorga A. Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge of Black Box Warnings. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Feb 10;74(1):5
  • Moeller KE, Goswami R, Larsen LM. Myxedema Madness Rapidly Reversed with Levothyroxine. J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70:11:1607-08
  • Moeller KE, Wei L, Jewell AD, Carver LA. Acute Hepatotoxicity Associated with Lamotrigine. Am J Psychiatry 2008;165: 539-540
  • Moeller KE, Lee KC, Kissack JC. Urine Drug Screens: Practical Guide for the Clinician. Mayo Clin Proc. 2008;83(1):66-76

Selected Presentations

  • Urine Drug Testing: How to Interpret and When to Order. The University of Kansas Medical Center, Grand Rounds. Kansas City, Kansas. February 29, 2012
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana.December 2011
  • Psychotropics Made Simple. Crisis Intervention Training.National Alliance of Mental Illness. Topeka, Kansas. April 2010
  • Childhood Depression. Kansas Pharmacist Association Topeka, Kansas. October 2009

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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