Title: Mental Health Nurse, Professor Emerita
Company: University of Massachusetts
Location: Dania Beach, Florida, United States
Patricia Tyra, Mental Health Nurse and Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mental and community-based health.
Growing up on Martha’s Vineyard, Dr. Tyra endeavored to study nursing and return to her hometown as a school nurse. When she returned, she found the nursing position had been filled and she needed to venture out to find a different option. As it turned out, the local university hospital where she did most of her clinical work as a student was hiring. A friend and classmate applied to the same hospital, and they both received positions as psychiatric nurses. Prior to retiring in 2015, Dr. Tyra served as an emergency clinician at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. In her career, she taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of Lowell, Boston University and Boston State College. She completed a year fellowship in community mental health at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Gerald Caplan. She served as a clinic director of the Human Resource Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as a director consultant and co-founder for the Metropolitan Beaverbook Mental Health & Retardation Center. From 1988 to 1995, she also worked in a private practice. In addition to these roles, Dr. Tyra was a volunteer rape counselor at Criminal Victimology Consultants.
In her academic pursuits, Dr. Tyra earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Boston University School of Nursing. She later received an EdD from the university’s School of Education. She became a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric nursing and earned a certificate in public health from the University of Oslo International Summer School. In recognition of her work, Dr. Tyra earned a Research Award, a Trustee’s Medal and an Exemplary Distinguished Public Service Award from the University of Lowell. The institution also awarded her professor emerita status upon her retirement.
Throughout her career, Dr. Tyra maintained affiliation with a variety of professional organizations. She was involved with the American Nurses Association, the Cambridge Boat Club, Sigma Theta Tau, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Citizens Observation Patrol with the Broward Sheriff’s Department. One highlight that stands out to her concerning her career is her volunteer work as a rape crisis counselor, before it became a nationally recognized outlet for rape victims. Her group was constantly on call to hospitals and police departments to offer immediate support to victims.
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