College of Pharmacy

7 Greenhouse Road Kingston, RI 02881 – Office: 401.874.2761 Fax: 401.874.2181

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The University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Robert Dufresne, Ph.D., BCPS, BCPP

  • Professor
  • Office: 244C
  • Phone: 401.273.7100 x 2405
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  • Mailing Address: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Dufresne is a Professor of Pharmacy at the URI College of Pharmacy and a Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at the Providence VA Medical Center. His educational background includes his pharmacy degrees and certifications as well as earned doctorates in both pharmacology and psychology He is engaged in teaching psychiatric and neurologic pharmacotherapy to students of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, and assorted allied health fields.

Also, he is the Behavioral Sciences Coordinator for the RI INBRE program. He also is an active member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) and has served in various capacities as a board member, journal editor, and participant in numerous committees over the years. In addition to these activities, he provides clinical service at the Providence VAMC to psychiatric outpatients while often providing consults for inpatients as well.


Dr. Dufresne’s research over the course of his career has including work in the pharmacotherapy of affective disorders, depression in schizophrenia, antipsychotic pharmacotherapy, mood disorders in the elderly, brain reward mechanisms, and schizophrenic typology.

Over the past decade, he has spent much of his attention researching the effects of atypical antipsychotics on metabolic disorders, and has published extensively in the area of antipsychotic induced dyslipidemia.


Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist Providence VA Medical Center

B.S., Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, 1980

M.S., Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Rhode Island, 1986

Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 1989

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 1990

BCPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, 1995-present

BCPP Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, 1998-present

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