Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of San Francisco, a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) credential from the University of California, Davis, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Sacramento State University, and a Doctor of Education from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years. She has held faculty positions at the University of California, Davis NP/PA Program, Touro University, and Samuel Merritt College. Currently Dr. Mikal-Flynn is an Associate Professor at Sacramento State University School of Nursing.

Areas of research/instruction/expertise: Rehabilitation/MetaHabilitation/Leadership/ Neuroscience Instructional Focus: Neuroscience and Leadership. Dr. Mikal-Flynn lectures on two facets of neuroscience; gender differences in the brain and exercise and brain health. She speaks frequently on the subject of exercise and its influence on brain health in both children and adults. Additionally, she lectures on leadership practices and principles to undergraduate and graduate students.

Most recently she has focused her research and writing on the behavioral aspect of enhanced survivorship prompting a new model and system of rehabilitation she named: MetaHabilitation. She presents this research nationally and internationally including conferences in Hong Kong; Cardiff, Wales; Belfast, Ireland and most recently at the 3rd Annual Sport and Society Conference in Cambridge, UK (July, 2012). Published articles involving MetaHabilitation have appeared locally and in Nursing Times, a UK publication. Her doctoral research focused on this new model prompting publication of the book: Turning Tragedy Into Triumph: A Contemporary System of Rehabilitation.