Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Dr. Tyrka received her MD and PhD in medicine and psychology through a combined program at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a psychiatry residency at Brown Medical School and further research training in clinical neuroscience at the Mood Disorders Research Program and Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience at Butler Hospital and Brown University. Dr. Tyrka is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown, Chief Scientific Officer at Care New England, and a psychiatrist at Butler Hospital where she leads the Laboratory for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience. Her program of research is focused on discovering the social, behavioral and molecular mechanisms of risk and resilience in children and adults with a history of early adversity and trauma.  Dr. Tyrka is dedicated to mentoring and training; in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, she is Director of Research Training  in the psychiatry residency, and PI of the NIMH-funded R25 Research Training Program. Tyrka is also Co-Director of the Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR), which includes a COBRE STAR Center and a STAR Research Postdoctoral Fellowship T32 program. 

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