Sheryl Tyson, PhD, APRN, CNS


Professor Emerita, School of Nursing

Sheryl Tyson, PhD, is a professor in the Doctoral Studies Department and the Associate Dean of Research. She earned her BSN and MN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and PhD from UCLA. 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. 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, 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 Mary Rawlings, and project director Rachel Castenada, of the Faith & Spirituality Integrated SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to treatment) Network, a SAMHSA funded substance abuse screening program.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
  • MSN, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • BSN, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
  • BA, California State University, Northridge, 1981


  • Registered Nurse - Board of Registered Nursing State of California
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board of Registered Nursing, State of California

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Prevention and intervention related to child, family, partner violence
  • Psychiatric mental health, illness, and treatment
  • Developmental disorders across the life span
  • Prevention and intervention of risky behavior, depression, suicide in at-risk youth

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 700 – Philosophy of Science
  • GNRS 708 – Qualitative Nursing Research Design I
  • GNRS 710 – Advanced Qualitative Research Methods