Leslie Carstensen Floren, PharmD, PhD, MA

Associate Dean of Fellow­ships
Phone: +1 415 514-3559
513 Parnassus Avenue, MSB, Rm 947
UCSF Box 0150
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States


What I do

As associate dean of fellowships, I am responsible for coordination of fellowship programs within the School of Pharmacy. The primary duties include: serving as a resource for PharmD students regarding available academic and industry postdoctoral fellowships; serving as primary liaison with the UCSF Industry Contracts Division; coordinating recruitment, placement, onboarding, and mentoring activities for fellows across UCSF’s fellowship programs.

I co-direct the UCSF Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Fellowship Program as well as the UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship, where I am responsible for leading didactic education focused on clinical pharmacology and provide mentorship around career development.

I am also an adjunct associate clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and a licensed pharmacist, practicing and precepting learners in UCSF’s interprofessional Care Transitions Outreach Program. My research efforts have been focused on investigating the role of knowledge construction and learning through interprofessional interaction in the context of clinical education.

My research expertise

drug development

Professional background


Leslie Carstensen Floren, PharmD, DABCP is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS) in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF, the Academic Coordinator and Director of Professional and Postdoctoral Educational Affairs in BTS as well as the co-Director of the NIH-funded, UCSF Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Training Program. Her teaching responsibilities for the past several years have included, primarily, teaching pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, clinical pharmacology and principles of drug development and regulatory sciences to a wide variety of students, including professional students in the PharmD program, Clinical Pharmacology Fellows, junior faculty members, and working professionals from industrial backgrounds. Teaching is one of her greatest pleasures and she has been honored to receive the School of Pharmacy Dean’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching every year since 2005 and, in 2010, she received the highest honor in the School of Pharmacy for teaching, the Long Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Floren has a keen interest in curriculum development, teaching methodology and assessment, educational technology and online education and will begin training in the School of Medicine 2012-2013 Teaching Scholars Program in order to develop innovative curricula, to implement novel teaching methods and to use technology in order to “bring to life” the principles of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Clinical Pharmacology for a wide variety of students within and across disciplines and, ultimately, to have a positive impact on patient health. She also plans to conduct scholarly research that will demonstrate the utility of practice-based teaching methods in order to advance interdisciplinary pharmaceutical sciences education within UCSF, our local community and across the country.

Research keywords

  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Health Education
  • Professional Role
  • Students, Health Occupations
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pharmacology, Clinical
  • Learning
  • Education, Distance
  • Health Occupations
  • Students, Medical
  • Education, Professional
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Personnel
  • Students, Pharmacy
  • Education, Pharmacy