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William A. Kehoe, MA, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

Professor Emeritus




BA in Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1975

MS in Psychology, University of the Pacific, 1996

PharmD, University of California, San Francisco, 1981

Residency in Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco

At Pacific Since: 1985

William A. Kehoe, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS earned his bachelor of arts in biology from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his doctor of pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He earned a master of art in psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine from University of the Pacific. Dr. Kehoe joined the Pacific family in 1985.

What Dr. Kehoe loves about being at Pacific is that the faculty members are very supportive of one another, which creates a good working environment. He also appreciates the focus on student-centered teaching and learning. He enjoys the opportunity to get to know students through advising student organizations and independent study projects.

His passion is to help students develop their own personal learning strategies. In his role as Director of the Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support (OASIS) he is able to use his training in psychology to help students develop strategies based on personality type and personal learning preferences. The OASIS program allows him to mentor students to achieve their goals through not only training in learning strategies, but also time and stress management.

Dr. Kehoe is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and is certified in Applied Pharmacology by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Kehoe is a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph's Medical Center's Behavioral Health Center. He also serves as a consultant in clinical psychopharmacology for the developmentally disabled at Valley Mountain Regional Center. Dr. Kehoe has served as President and on the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

His passion for clinical pharmacy and patient care was sparked by his time as a resident at UCSF, where faculty and administrators instilled a drive in their students to be on the cutting edge of the clinical pharmacy profession. Believing that patient care is the most important aspect of pharmacy, his goal is to influence students to approach their profession with the intention to seek out new ways to provide quality health care.

The individual who has influenced him the most in his career is Dr. Betty Dong, who was his professor and mentor when he was a student and resident at UCSF. She taught Dr. Kehoe about professionalism, how to be a good clinical pharmacist and how to be student-centered when given the chance to be a mentor.

Dr. Kehoe measures his success not by the number of publications and presentations, but rather the years of service he has dedicated to his patients, students and the community. Dr. Kehoe believes in giving back to the community and is dedicated to spreading clinical pharmacy skills abroad. He has traveled extensively in Asia, including trips to Korea, China and Singapore.

His proudest achievement is his family: his wife, three children and grandchildren. Outside of the classroom Dr. Kehoe enjoys honing his culinary skills. His interests include taking photographs, woodworking and golfing. He is also a runner and has completed several half-marathons.


Teaching Philosophy: "I like to try new methods of teaching that encourage active learning strategies. My role as a professor is to be a mentor who not only teaches but demonstrates how to use and apply the material. I believe it is my role to lead students to learn on their own, but at the same time provide the structure they need to do that."


PHRM 142 - Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics
PRAC 110 - Developing Personal Learning Strategies
PRAC 157 - Peer Tutoring and Mentoring
PRAC 193 - Independent Study
PCSP 254 - Publications, Presentations, IRBs
PCSP 259 - Topics in Acute Care Practice
PCSP 257 - Topics in Ambulatory Care Practice
PCSP 255 - Topics in Long Term Care Practice
PCSP 261 - Avances in Cardiovascular Care
PCSP 262 - Advances in Vascular, Renal, and Pulmonary Care
PCSP 260 - Advances in Neuropsychiatric Care


Research Summary: "At Pacific I'm focused on the contributors to stress in pharmacy students and the relationship of it to mismatches in student learning preferences and professor teaching styles."

Research Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Psychopharmacology