Beth Sproule, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD is a scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, jointly with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, where she is an associate professor and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA and her BScPhm degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Sproule completed a clinical residency and a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto (now part of CAMH). Her clinical research program focuses on addictions, mental health medications and pharmacy practice.
Areas of Research
Dr. Sproule’s research focuses on medications used in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, as well as on the addiction-related harms of therapeutic medications, with the goal of optimizing the use of these medications to enhance effectiveness and minimize harm. To help understand the extent and nature of the problem, her work seeks out information about peoples’ experiences using medications in the form of online surveys, interviews and reviews of clinical records. She also conducts studies to assess peoples’ responses to medications, as well as to evaluate monitoring, prevention, harm reduction and treatment strategies. An important aspect of optimizing medication experiences is to fully utilize the expertise of pharmacists. Therefore, her research also evaluates pharmacy practice interventions and supports pharmacists through education and training initiatives.