Tatyana Gustafson is a Clinical Instructor on Faculty in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She received her post masters certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry/Mental Health from UT Austin, her Masters in Nursing from UT Austin and a Bachelors in Science from Texas Tech University. Her current research focus is on psychedelics and wellness (PAWS30). She is an active participant in local, state and national chapters for Advanced Practice Nursing associations in addition to an active role in advancing scope of practice at the legislative level.
Her clinical background as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner encompasses an approach that draws from interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral interventions in order to target symptoms of trauma, depression, insomnia, anxiety and bipolar disorders. In addition, she provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management to patients in an outpatient setting. She has severed as an expert witness for the Texas Board of Nursing since 2017. Tatyana's clinical and education work began in her undergraduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy with a minor in addiction studies. She worked under Dr. Carl Anderson looking at the effects of addiction on the differentiation/cohesion of family members. She completed her RN/MSN at the University of Texas at Austin and became certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She spent the first several years in advanced practice nursing working in Neurosurgery at a Level 1 trauma center in Austin,Texas before returning to complete a post masters as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Through her career she has come to have a great understanding and fascination in the complex functioning of the central nervous system. She has continued this interest in her clinical work with families, couples and individuals from a neurobiological platform based on the work of Dan Siegal, MD (IPNB) and Stan Tatkin, PsyD (PACT). She returned to the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member in 2014 where she specializes in working with students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of family/relational therapy, the effects of biopsychosocial trauma. In her work with students, she oversees numerous Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Interns providing culturally sensitive holistic mental health care to patients and their families, including individual counseling, group psycho-education, psychiatric evaluation, and psychotropic medication consultation. In addition, she lectures to graduate students of all APRN specialties regarding treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Tatyana also works in collaboration with the School of Social work, School of Medicine, School of pharmacy and other APRN faculty to encourage inter-disciplinary communication and education. In her most recent work, she and colleagues have launched research looking at the effects of psychedelics on wellness interventions to improve outcomes in depression, anxiety, disability, emotional eating and social isolation.