Dr. Tyra M. Banks earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College, her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at the Peabody School of Education, Vanderbilt University. Her current research focuses on the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on occupational therapy within educational programs, leadership and the profession.
Dr. Banks has been a clinician for 19 years. During that time, she had a private practice in early intervention and has extensive experience in school-based practice within the New York City school system. Her occupational therapy background, coupled with her passion for equity and inclusion, led her to start a grassroots organization that provides college access and college retention programs for K-12 and undergraduate college students for underrepresented populations. Her prior experience in higher education includes adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College, educating future occupational therapy assistants. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in fall 2020.
Dr. Banks is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus (NBOTC).