Neuropsychiatry Scholars: Audrey R. Tyrka, MD, PhD

by | Jun 1, 2024 | The Brain Energy Movement - Advocacy

Medical Review by Chris Palmer, MD

Dr. Audrey R. Tyrka is a distinguished figure in the field of psychiatry and human behavior, currently serving as a professor and chair of the Department at Brown University.

Dr. Tyrka’s research is notable for its focus on the impact of early-life adversity on biological systems, which has implications for understanding stress-related conditions and their treatment.

One of her significant contributions is her research on how such adversities affect mitochondrial functions—key components of cellular energy management and metabolic processes. This line of investigation is crucial because it links psychological stress and trauma with physical health outcomes, providing a deeper understanding of their interconnectedness.

Dr. Tyrka is also involved in pioneering research into the pharmacologic, behavioral, and neuromodulation treatments for depression, demonstrating her commitment to both the theoretical and practical aspects of mental health treatment.

Her work at the Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience at Brown University emphasizes the role of mitochondria and cellular aging processes in psychological disorders, which has significant implications for developing targeted treatments

Selected Publications:


Stress, Psychiatric Disorders, and Mitochondria

In the realm of mental health, understanding the biological underpinnings that contribute to psychiatric disorders is crucial. The research paper "Stress and Psychiatric Disorders: The Role of Mitochondria" by Teresa E. Daniels, Elizabeth M. Olsen, and Audrey R. Tyrka...

PTSD and Mitochondria

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. This disorder is characterized by symptoms such as flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Recent research...

Cat Ownership and Schizophrenia: A New Perspective

A new study published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin found an intriguing connection between cat ownership and the risk of developing schizophrenia-related disorders and psychotic-like experiences. This systematic review and meta-analysis offers a new understanding of a...

Exciting news from the UK: The Hub for Metabolic Psychiatry!

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The Brain on Opioids: Metabolic Disruptions in Addiction

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has surged to alarming proportions, casting a shadow over communities worldwide. This crisis, fueled by an increase in the prescription of opioid medications and the illicit use of drugs like heroin, has led to a staggering rise...