Tanya Sorrell, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 6 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing, graduating first in her class of 225 students from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While there she specialized in Minority and International Mental Health. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. Tanya has studied International Mental Health issues and as part of her training worked in Mental Health facilities in England and Mexico. Tanya has traveled to almost every continent to study issues related to mental health care, especially pertaining to minorities. She has worked in refugee mental health missions in China and Thailand and with Indigenous groups in Australia/New Zealand and Uruguay. In 2008, she traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti as part of her ongoing quest in understanding and treating the mental health needs of differing cultures.
In addition to her work with outpatients, she is a clinical supervisor in Psychiatric Nursing at the Arizona Western College School of Nursing. She is a founding member of the Yuma Nurse Practitioners Organization and serves on the Speaker’s bureau for Astra-Zeneca and Forest pharmaceutical company. She is currently completing doctoral studies in Mental Health of Vulnerable Populations and US/Mexico Border Mental Health. Her focus is the indigenous mental health practices of various cultures. She intends to use this knowledge to add more culturally relevant mental health services for minorities to the current mental health system. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “The Experience, treatment preferences and assessed needs of Mexican-American women with depression.” She speaks Spanish and French, and enjoys music, travel, and raising AKC champion dogs.
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