Christian J. Teter

Dr. Teter joined the College of Pharmacy in 2010 as an Assistant Professor specializing in Psychopharmacology and subsequently received promotion and tenure in 2014.  In addition to being a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, he has completed both clinical training (Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and formal research training (Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor -- funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse).

RESEARCH interests.  (1) Prescription drug abuse: population-based studies to examine the appropriate use, misuse, and abuse of prescription medications.  A current focus of this research is on the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among students for the purposes of cognitive enhancement.  More recently, Dr. Teter has been exploring potential consequences associated with cannabinoids, including medical marijuana.  (2) Clinical research: patient- and provider-focused approach to explore medication taking attitudes and behaviors among individuals with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

TEACHING: In addition to research, Dr. Teter has been heavily involved in the didactic and experiential education of students, residents, and fellows from a variety of disciplines. Through his role as a clinical-research educator, Dr. Teter has treated patients with a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, such as mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.   

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Dr. Teter is actively involved in K-12 community outreach with the aim of promoting interest in the neurosciences among students.  His particular focus involves educating students on psychiatric and substance use disorders as they relate to the neurosciences.

Dr. Teter's ultimate long-term career goals are to improve the care of patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders at the individual level (i.e., clinical research) and from a public health perspective (i.e., pharmacoepidemiology and community outreach). He hopes that this work, in addition to his role as an educator, will result in significant contributions to effective management of patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders.


Bachelor of Science

Michigan State University


Doctor of Pharmacy

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Board Certifications and Licenses

Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist

Licensed Pharmacist (MA)


Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill

North Carolina


Addiction (funded by NIDA)

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor




Prescription Drug Abuse

K-12 Outreach


Current Research

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement among students.

Research Interests

Clinical Research

Selected Publications


1.    Teter CJ, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ, Guthrie SK. Illicit methylphenidate use in an undergraduate student sample: prevalence and risk factors. Pharmacotherapy 2003; 23:609-617.

2.    Teter CJ, McCabe SE, Cranford JA, Boyd CJ, Guthrie SK. Prevalence and motivations for the illicit use of prescription stimulants in an undergraduate student sample. Journal of American College Health 2005; 53:253-262.

3.    McCabe SE, Knight JR, Teter CJ, Wechsler H.  Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among U.S. college students: prevalence and correlates from a national survey.  Addiction 2005; 100:96_106.

4.    Teter CJ, McCabe SE, LaGrange KB, Cranford JA, Boyd CJ. Illicit use of specific prescription stimulants among college students: prevalence, motives, and routes of administration. Pharmacotherapy 2006; 26:1501-1510.  

5.    Kaloyanides KB, McCabe SE, Cranford JA, Teter CJ. Prevalence of illicit use and abuse of prescription stimulants, alcohol, and other drugs among college students: relationships with the age of initiation of prescribed stimulants. Pharmacotherapy 2007; 27:666_674.

6.    Pomykacz B, Mao M, Weiss RD, Teter CJ. A Review of Brief Medication-Adherence Instruments Used in Patients with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2007; 15: 259-263.

7.   Teter CJ, Falone AE, Cranford JA, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants and depressed mood among college students: frequency and routes of administration. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2010; 38:292-298.

8.    Teter CJ, Falone AE, Bakaian AM, Lower A, Öngür D, Weiss RD. Medication adherence and attitudes in patients with bipolar disorder and current versus past substance use disorder. Psychiatry Research 2011 [Epub ahead of print available online June 2011].

9.    McCabe SE, West BT, Teter CJ, Boyd CJ. Co-ingestion of prescription opioids and other drugs among high school seniors: Results from a national study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence (in press).


1.    Teter CJ, Kando J, Hayes P, Wells B. Major Depressive Disorder. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 8th edition.  Editors: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells, BG, and Posey LM.  The McGraw-Hill Companies (2010).

2.    Teter CJ. Substance Use Disorders. 2012 Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) Examination Review and Recertification Course. College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists: Lincoln (NE); 2012.

Other Scholarly Activity

Teacher of the Year
College of Pharmacy, Class of 2013
University of New England, Portland, ME


Invited Plenary Presentation

Keynote Speaker
Title. Cognitive enhancement: Prevalence and motives for the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among students.
International Conference. Mastering the Challenges in Higher Education: Considering the way students learn, cheat and enhance performance. Bielefeld University and Center for Interdisciplinary Research, ZiF Germany (2012)

Christian Teter

Christian J. Teter


PharmD, BCPP

Associate Professor, Psychopharmacology

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