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Sheryl Tyson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS

Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Development
Professor, School of Nursing
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5942
Fax: (626) 815-5414
Dr. Tyson is a professor for the graduate department in the School of Nursing and the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development. She is a child and adolescent psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience in treating children and adolescents with mental disorders. Clinical work with hospitalized children and adolescents who were victims of or exposed to family violence led to two lines of research inquiry; the mental health effects of family violence and prevention of violence victimization among at risk women and high risk youth.

Dr. Tyson continues to follow these two lines of inquiry. She has participated in multidisciplinary prevention research with community-based high risk youth and through the support of the National Institute of Nursing Research investigated the complexities of partner violence victimization risk factors among young adult African-American women.

Current research projects include further development of culturally congruent partner violence preventive interventions; and an investigation of the intergenerational transmission of preventive parenting skills.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • MSN, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BSN, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., California State University, Northridge


  • Registered Nurse, California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified, American Nurses Association Credentialing Center


School of Nursing

  • Doctoral Programs


  • Family violence
  • Prevention of risky behavior, depression, and suicide in at-risk youth
  • Prevention of violence against women with emphasis on ethnic minority women
  • Psychiatric mental health and illness
  • Qualitative research methods

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 533 – Psychiatric Theories across the Life Span
  • GNRS 534 – Psychiatric Assessment across the Life Span
  • GNRS 700 – Philosophy of Science
  • GNRS 708 – Qualitative Research Designs
  • GNRS 710 – Advanced Qualitative Research Methods