Audrey R. Tyrka


Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Chair of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr. Tyrka is Co-Director of the Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR), which includes the STAR COBRE Center and a STAR Research Postdoctoral Fellowship T32 program. Internationally known for her groundbreaking work on early adversity, Dr. Tyrka has made  discoveries of neuroendocrine, epigenetic, and biological aging processes that are now widely understood to underlie stress-associated mental and physical health conditions. She has also contributed to pharmacologic, behavioral, and neuromodulation treatments trials for depression and is an attending psychiatrist in the Butler Hospital Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinic. A dedicated mentor and leader in research training, Dr. Tyrka is PI of our  NIMH-funded R25 Research Training Program for physician scientists in psychiatry training. The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is committed to measurable policies and practices that foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and promote anti-racism within our education, research, and clinical care settings and the community at large.