Tanya R. Sorrell


Dr. Tanya Sorrell, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus. Trilingual in Spanish, French, and English, she started an independent psychiatric practice in 2009 focusing on holistic mental health-psychiatric medication and complementary and alternative medicine services in English and Spanish. Dr. Sorrell has studied Mexican traditional medicine at Tlahui University in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is the owner of Yuma Mental Health & Wellness Center, now in its 8th year. In 2010, Dr. Sorrell also started a mental health non-profit organization, Vida sin Limites – A Life Unlimited, to promote mental health issues along the US-Mexico border.  In 2011, she was awarded the Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur of the Year: One to Watch Award in the Advance for Nurse Practitioner national magazine.

She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Arizona; her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University where she graduated first in her class of 225 students; a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi; and a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.

Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Mental Health Treatment Preferences for Persons of Mexican Heritage.” She has presented her work nationally and internationally. Dr. Sorrell is focusing on clinical research with Latino and rural populations, developing integrative holistic health systems to serve vulnerable populations (physical and mental health) and incorporating mental health services for Latinos as part of her faculty role at the University of Colorado, Anschutz College of Nursing. She currently is the Principal Investigator on a PCORI grant, a Colorado Suboxone Pilot Program grant, and a Co-PI on a HRSA Advanced Practice Nursing Education grant focused on cultural competent care in New Mexico and Colorado.

She continues to maintain her clinical practice along the US-Mexico Border, an integrative nurse-managed practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Colorado, and is developing tele-mental health psychiatric nursing preceptorships for rural health centers in Arizona and Colorado.

She is a founding member of the Yuma Allied Health Practitioners Organization and Council of Arizona Practitioner’s Council, and is on the board of directors of the Colorado Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Transcultural Nursing Society, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association.