Leonard Rappa

Leonard R Rappa

College Of Pharmacy-Miami Bran


Office Hours

South Florida Pharmacy Practice Center

Office hours upon request - virtually or on campus
Wednesday - 4pm to 6pm

Current Semester Schedule

PHA5696 - Psychiatry Pharmacy elective

About Me

Leonard Rappa is a tenured, full professor that began his academic career with Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in December of 1998. Dr. Rappa received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (with honors) in 1995 from Nova Southeastern University, and subsequently became their first Psychopharmacology specialty resident from 1995-1996. After completion of his residency, he moved to Sarasota, Florida to become Sarasota Memorial’s Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist. In 1997, he became Board Certified as a Psychiatric Pharmacist, and maintains that certification yearly. In December of 1998, he returned to South Florida to assume a full-time faculty position with Florida A&M University’s Miami Campus, College of Pharmacy. At that time, he established a practice site at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida teaching sixth year doctoral students on their Psychiatry Pharmacy clinical clerkship rotation. At Memorial, he integrated himself and the students well into the non-teaching environment, making the milieu very open to a pseudo-teaching atmosphere. Over the next 18 years of practice, he trained hundreds of students, residents, and other pharmacists in psychopharmacology. With his guidance, the internal clinical pharmacy services evolved over time, and at the time he departed, there were several full-time psychiatric pharmacists and a specialized Post-graduate Year II (PGY-2) pharmacy resident. At the beginning of 2017, he established a new clinical practice in Fort Lauderdale at Broward Health Imperial Point and has made great inroads in establishing clinical pharmacy services to the Behavioral Health patients and staff.

Areas of Interest

  • Psychiatric Pharmacy
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM)


  • Psychopharmacology Pharmacy Practice Residency
    Nova Southeastern University, in collaboration with the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, 1995-1996
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
    Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1995

Work History

  • Professor, 2010 - Present
    Florida A&M University, Davie, FL
  • Associate Professor, 2005 - 2010
    Florida A&M University, Miami, FL
  • Assistant Professor, 1998- 2005
    Florida A&M University, Miami, FL
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist, 1996 - 1998
    Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL

Academic Accomplishments

  • Rappa L. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2020: A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychotropic Medications: Past, Present & Future. 183 color pages. ISBN 978-0-9825350-9-7. Published by RXPSYCH LLC. Available at www.amazon.com
  • Rappa L. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2016 - A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medications. 122 color pages. ISBN 978-0-9825350-8-0. eBook. ISBN 978-0-9825350-7-3. Published by RXPSYCH LLC. Available at www.amazon.com
  • Norwood DA, Parke CK, and Rappa LR. A Comprehensive Review of Potential Warfarin-Fruit Interactions. Journal of Pharmacy Practice August 11, 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0897190014544823.
  • Thea R. Moore TR, Hill AM, and Panguluri SK. Pharmacogenomics in Psychiatry: Implications for Practice. Recent Patents on Biotechnology 2014;8:152-159. The authors thank Leonard Rappa for his review and critical revisions of the manuscript.
  • McKee B, Larose-Pierre M, and Rappa L. A Survey of Community Pharmacists and Final-Year Student Pharmacists and their Perception of Psychotherapeutic Agents. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2015;28(2):166-174. First published on-line December 17, 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0897190013515709.
  • Rappa L and Viola J. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2013 - A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medications. eBook. ISBN 9780982535066. Published by RXPSYCH LLC. Available at www.kindle.com, www.nook.com, http://www.b&n.com, and www.ibooks.com.
  • Rappa L and Viola J. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2013 - A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medications. 50 color pages. ISBN 9780982535059. Published by RXPSYCH LLC. Available at www.amazon.com.
  • Rappa L. Psychopharmacology Deconstructed. 109 color pages. ISBN 9780982535042. Published by RXPSYCH LLC. 2012.
  • Rappa L. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2011. 36 color pages. ISBN 9780982535035. Published by Rxpsych LLC.
  • Rappa L, Sherwood-Jachimowicz DA, Robertson G, Fairclough J. An Evidence-Based Review of the American Atypical (Second Generation) Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Submitted to Pharmacotherapy. September 2011.
  • Rappa L, Hill AM, Sherwood- Jachimowicz DA. Psychiatric Medication Pearls. Booklet. 24 color pages. 2009. ISBN-13 identifier: 978-0-9825350-2-8. ISBN-10 identifier: 0982535023.
  • Rappa L. Dr. Rappa's Psychiatric Pharmacy CD. 2009. ISBN-13 identifier: 978-0-9825350-0-4. ISBN-10 identifier: 0982535007. Contains 8 audio lectures, one PowerPoint lecture, and a short video, as well as software that enables converting the MP3 lectures to Audio CD format.
  • Rappa L and Sherwood D. Psychopharmacology Lecture Book. 2009. 93 pages. Color. ISBN-13 identifier: 978-0-9825350-1-1. ISBN-10 Identifier: 0982535015. A fully indexed lecture book containing 15 chapters of lectures on various psychiatric illnesses and treatments.
  • Lewis K, Rappa LR, Sherwood-Jachimowicz DA, and Larose-Pierre M. Aripiprazole for the Treatment of Adolescent Tourette’s Syndrome: A Case Report. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2010;23(3):239-244. DOI: 10.1177/0897190009358771
  • Rappa LR and Lewis K. Abstract. Aripiprazole for the Treatment of Adolescent Tourette’s Syndrome: A Case Report. J Pharmacy Practice 2009;22(2):262-3.
  • Rappa LR, McDonald C, Massey AJ, Singh AC, and Larose-Pierre M. “Integrating Innovative Technologies into a Psychiatric Pharmacy Clerkship Rotation”. J Pharmacy Practice 2006:19;6:386-394. DOI: 10.1177/0897190007300732
  • Singh AC, Massey AJ, Thompson MD, Rappa LR, and Honeywell MS. “Addressing Non-Adherence in the Schizophrenic Population” J Pharmacy Practice 2006;19(6):361-368. DOI: 10.1177/0897190007300726
  • Rappa L, Eraikhuemen N, Larose-Pierre M. “Vancomycin Resistance: Means of Prevention, Control, and Treatment Revisited.” Formulary, October 2004;39(10):490-504. ISSN 1082-801X.
  • Rappa LR, Larose-Pierre M, Payne DR, Eraikhuemen NE, Lanes DM, and Kearson ML. “Detoxification from high dose zolpidem using diazepam” – Ann Pharmacother, April 2004;38: 590-594. DOI 10.1345/aph.1D339.


  • FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Miami/Davie Campus - 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2021, and 2022
  • Florida A&M University Service Award - 2004
  • Memorial Hospital Lifesaver Awards - 2004 & 2005

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • PHA5696 - Psychiatry Pharmacy Elective Clerkship