Tyrus Korecki, BS, United States Air Force Academy
Tyrus graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduating he went on to become a Special Operations pilot in the Air Force flying the MC-130J. After three deployments to Afghanistan and 11 years in the military, Tyrus retired from active duty to pursue his interests in human performance and mental fortitude. He was the site coordinator for our National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) funded project looking at the impact of a mindfulness-based resilience training program designed to boost health and resilience in police officers. He was also a research assistant on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) funded project looking at the effects of an integrated treatment for Veterans with co-occurring chronic pain and opioid use disorder.
His primary research interests include health and resilience among individuals in high-stress occupations, mindfulness-based interventions for substance use disorders, and psychosocial factors that impact resilience and thriving in the face of difficulty.
Tyrus is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.