Joy Alonzo

Joy Alonzo

Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Department of Pharmacy Practice
3030 East 29th Street, Suite 111
Health For All
Bryan, TX   77802

Phone: 904.505.8590
Fax: 979.436.0087
jalonzo@tamhsc.edu

Education and Training

PharmD
Howard University, Washington, D.C.

ME in Engineering Science
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

BS in Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests

  • pediatric and adolescent mental and behavioral health treatment disparities
  • evaluation of the pharmacotherapeutic treatment and outcomes in special populations
  • harm reduction strategies and their impact on substance use disorders
  • the integration of supportive care and its impact on medication management.

Recent Publications

  • Ayush Patel, M.S., Ph.D., Rohan Medhekar, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Melissa Ochoa-Perez, M.D., Rajender R. Aparasu, Ph.D., Wenyaw Chan, M.S., Ph.D., Jeffrey T. Sherer, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Joy Alonzo, M.E., Pharm.D., Hua Chen, M.D., Ph.D. “Care Provision and Prescribing Practices of Physicians Treating Children and Adolescents with ADHD” Journal of Psychiatric Services, Published online: February 15, 2017.
  • Alonzo, J., “Oversight and Implementation of the Prior Authorization Process for Antipsychotics in Texas Medicaid”, 2/2017.
  • Alonzo, J., “Opioid Prescription Utilization and Monitoring Plan :Texas Medicaid Health Plans”, Texas Children’s Health Plan Provider Bulletin, TX HHSC, TX OIG, 2/2017.
  • Alonzo, J., “Psychotropic Medication Utilization Review Process: Best Practices for Texas Medicaid Health Plans”, Texas Children’s Health Plan Provider Bulleting, TX HHSC, TX OIG, Navitus, 4/2017.
  • Alonzo, J., Hunter, R., “SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment with Adolescents”, ACAP Proceedings for Conrad Hilton Foundation Awards National Council for Behavioral Health, 4/2017.
  • Medhekar R, Fujimoto K, Aparasu RR, Bhatara V, Johnson ML,Alonzo J, Schwarzwald H, 4/2017. “Association between Physician Care Coordination and the Use of Psychotropic Polypharmacy in the Management of Pediatric Mental Disorders”; Proceedings of the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting 2017.
  • Farber, HJ, Silveira, EA, Kothar, VD, Giardino, AP, Alonzo, J. “Overuse of Oral Corticosteroids for Children with Asthma in a Large Medicaid Managed Care Program” Proceedings of the Houston Medication Safety Symposium, Baylor College of Medicine, April 2017.
  • Psychotropic Polypharmacy In The Treatment Of Children And Adolescents With Mental Disorders: Prevalence And Determinants — Medhekar R, Fujimoto K, Aparasu RR, Bhatara V, Johnson ML,Alonzo J, Schwarzwald H, Chen H, Proceedings of ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting, 5/2017.
  • Navneet Upadhyay, Rohan A Medhekar, Kayo Fujimoto, Rajender R Aparasu, Vinod Bhatara, Michael L Johnson, Joy P Alonzo, Heidi Schwarzwald, Hua Chen, “Physician Peer-Influence on Prescribing Psychotropic Polypharmacy in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Mental Disorders”, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 56 (10), S164.
  • R Medhekar, K Fujimoto, RR Aparasu, V Bhatara, ML Johnson, J Alonzo, H Schwarzwald, H Chen,” PSYCHOTROPIC POLYPHARMACY IN THE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH MENTAL DISORDERS: PREVALENCE AND DETERMINANTS”, VALUE IN HEALTH, 20 (5), A294-A294.
  • "New Study Shows That Vivitrol is Just as Effective as Suboxone…But Not Really”, Carlat Report, Addiction Treatment, CME Jan/Feb 2018.
  • Physician Care-Coordination and the Use of Psychotropic Polypharmacy in the Management of Pediatric Mental Disorders, Dr. Hua Chen,Dr. Rohan Medhekar , Dr. Kayo Fujimoto , Dr. Rajender Aparasu , Dr. Vinod Bhatara , Prof. Mike L. Johnson , Dr. Joy P. Alonzo , Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald, Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, 3/2018.
  • “Internet Gaming Disorder” Carlat Report, May/June 2018, 4/2018.  
  • Aylin Yucel, Ekere J Essien, Swarnava Sanyal, Osaro Mgbere, Rajender R Aparasu, Vinod S Bhatara, Joy P Alonzo, Hua Chen, “Racial/ethnic differences in the treatment of adolescent major depressive disorders (MDD) across healthcare providers participating in the medicaid program”, Journal of affective disorders, 2018, Volume 235, 155-161, 5/2018.

Awards and Recognition

  • Houston Medication Safety Symposium Poster Competition Gold Medal (2017)
  • Teaching Team of the Year, TX A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy (2013)
  • Teaching Team of the Year, TX A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy (2012)
  • Teaching Team of the Year, TX A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy (2011)
  • USN Military Spouse of the Year: South Texas (2011)
  • Department of Defense Joanne Holbrook Graduate Student Scholarship (2009)