Q & A with Tyler Grove, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Where are you from?
I’m from Michigan (born in Flint and raised in Fenton).
Why did you choose U-M for your psychology post-doc program?
I knew first-hand all of the great people and opportunities available at U-M since I was also a graduate student here, so it was an easy choice to make.
Why did you stay at Michigan to join our faculty?
Joining the Department of Psychiatry’s faculty was a chance to continue what I had started in my grad school and post-doc years in terms of treating anxiety, psychosis, and sleep difficulties as well as the many opportunities for research collaborations.
What does your work focus on?
I am able to be a part of three clinics: anxiety disorders, behavioral sleep medicine, and PREP early psychosis. Every day is a little different!
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I love helping people build the confidence that they can do things they did not think they could do because of anxiety, psychosis, or sleep difficulties. It’s such a remarkable thing to be a part of; we get to help people reclaim their lives and recover from mental health difficulties.
What area in mental health do you think has taken the biggest toll during the COVID pandemic?
I don’t know if there is one single area that has taken the biggest toll — it seems like many areas have been impacted — but I think that for those who are more extroverted, the social isolation has been frustrating to say the least. For those who are more introverted, some aspects of social isolation may have been not as difficult, but now with things slowly returning to some level of normalcy, it may feel difficult to re-engage with the world and it will take some time to adjust.
Who has been the most influential mentor to you?
Both Drs. Ivy Tso and Patricia Deldin have been amazing mentors. Dr. Tso has been supportive of me since I was an undergraduate student and I’m grateful for all her help as my post-doc mentor. Dr. Deldin has also been very supportive of me and a great grad student mentor.
What are the top 3 things you like to do in your free time in Ann Arbor?
1. Go to the parks with my daughter.
2. Playing drums with my daughter.
3. Walk around downtown Ann Arbor with my family.
Dr. Grove participated in the 3-part educational webinar series on “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis,” where he spoke in the third installment on what recovery looks like after a mental health crisis and follow-up care. The recordings can be viewed here.