Sheryl Tyson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS

Professor and Associate Dean of Research
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5942
Fax: (626) 815-5414
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Dr. Tyson is a professor in the Doctoral Studies Department and the Associate Dean of Research. She earned her BSN, MN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and PhD in Nursing from UCLA. Dr. Tyson is a child and adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience in treating victims of neglect, and physical and/or sexual abuse. She was a Los Angeles County Drug Abuse Program Office Certified Diversion Educator and provided weekly group intervention to clients on probation.
Dr.Tyson joined the Reconnecting Youth suicide prevention research team at the University of Washington School Nursing as a research scientist where she was project coordinator, project director, and principal investigator on several research projects funded by the center for disease control and Prevention, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She was also the co-director for the NIDA funded Nursing Research Post Doctoral Training Program.
At Azusa Pacific University Dr. Tyson received funding from the California Department of Mental Health to support the development of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Currently she is co-director along with the social work department chair Dr. Mary Rawlings, and project director Dr. Rachel Castenada, of the Faith & Spirituality Integrated SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to treatment) Network, a SAMHSA funded substance abuse screening program.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
  • MSN, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • BSN, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
  • B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1981


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

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Doctoral Programs


  • Developmental Disorders
  • 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

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 700 – Philosophy of Science
  • GNRS 708 – Qualitative Research Designs
  • GNRS 710 – Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Office Hours

Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Additional appointments are available by request.