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Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD



Primary Affiliation:
Butler Hospital

Additional Affiliations:
Kent Hospital

Brown Faculty Profile

Gender:  Female

English (US)

Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Internships: Brown University School of Medicine
Residencies: Brown University School of Medicine

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This physician and/or research investigator does not schedule private appointments with patients. Patients are treated as part of being admitted to one of Butler Hospital’s inpatient, partial or outpatient programs; researchers recruit for specific studies through a screening process. If seeking services, please call 1 (844) 401-0111 for an assessment and information on options for care.


Dr. Tyrka is Director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience (LCTN) and the Director of Research at Butler Hospital. She is professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School. Dr. Tyrka is also the Directory of Research Training in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Brown, and the Program Director of the NIMH-funded R25 resident training program in research. After earning her MD and PhD in medicine and psychology through a combined program at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tyrka completed her psychiatry residency and training in clinical neuroscience at Brown Medical School and Butler Hospital.

Dr. Tyrka is a leader in the field investigating the biological links between childhood trauma and psychiatric and other illnesses. She studies maltreated children and adults with early adversity to understand neuroendocrine, neuroimmune, epigenetic, and cellular aging processes as they relate to risk for mood and anxiety disorders and related health conditions. The goal of this work is to understand the biology of risk and protection in order to inform prevention and treatment efforts. Dr. Tyrka also collaborates on studies of novel treatments for mood disorders, including behavioral, pharmaceutical, and neurostimulation approaches.

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