Joyce Mikal-Flynn

Associate Professor EdD, FNP

Programs and Courses Taught



About Me

Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of San Francisco (1976), a Nurse Practitioner Certificate from University of California, Davis (1981), a Masters in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento (1994) publishing the thesis: A Phenomenological Investigation of Near Death Event Survivors. In 2007 she completed her Doctor of Education publishing her dissertation: Transforming Life Crisis: Stories of Metahabilitation After Catastrophic Life Events. She held faculty positions at University of California, Davis: NP/PA program and Samuel Merritt College. Since 2005 she has been at California State University, Sacramento in the School of Nursing. 

Currently a Professor at CSUS teaching courses in Neuroscience and Trauma Informed Care. Due to her area of research and expertise she focuses on the course she created: Traumatology: An Introduction to Posttraumatic Growth and direct application of PTG in recovery programs. Along with her FNP practice, she continues studying and collaborating with institutions and organizations focusing on direct clinical application of metahabillitation, a recovery system which supports and guides one toward PTG. She has several peer-reviewed publications and over 40 podium presentations at international and national conference, lecturing about PTG and her unique system of rehabilitation, MetaHabilitation.  Her publications include her book: Turning Tragedy Into Triumph. Metahabilitation; A Contemporary Model of Rehabilitation.


Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.) St. Mary’s College, Moraga.  2007

Master of Science, Nursing California State University, Sacramento.  1993

Family Nurse Practitioner Program University of California at Davis.   1981

Bachelor of Science, Nursing University of San Francisco.      1976

Teaching Interests

Leadership; Trauma Informed Care; Post Traumatic Growth  

Scholarly Interests

Neuroscience and Post Trauma Care


Mikal-Flynn, J., Sackett, B. (2018). Mental Fitness. How to use daily stress and traumatic events for motivation and growth. The Police Chief.  2018        

Mikal-Flynn, J., Hoffman, J., Anderson, L. S. (2017). Posttraumatic and Metahabilitation in Recreational Therapy Practice: A Strengths Based Pathway to Recovery.Therapeutic Recreation Journal.  2018

Mikal-Flynn, J. (2015). Turning Tragedy Into Triumph; Metahabilitation Of the Athlete. Journal of Sport and Society.  Submitted for Publication:  Dec 2018

Mikal-Flynn, J. (2017). Posttraumatic Growth; Breaking Through to Recovery Nursing: 2017. {Feature Article} 2017

Mikal-Flynn, J. (2015). Case Study: Meta-Habilitation; Transforming Life Crisis To Triumph: A Story of Enhance Recovery Involving Addiction and Dependency. Journal of Addictions Nursing.  2015    

Mikal-Flynn, J. (2012). MetaHabilitation: how to survive life after trauma.  Nursing Times Online Issue. 4/10/12.                 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau; Nursing Honor Society: Phi Kappa Phi; Academic Honor Society 

Community Service

Salvation Army, UC Davis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board, Boys Scouts of America.