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Dr. Shirley Smith, Assistant Professor

Shirley Levenson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Dr. Levenson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor her Master of Science in Nursing from Houston Baptist University and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University. Recently, Dr. Levenson completed a post-masters certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has been an Advanced Practice Nurse for 18 years (FNP-BC) and most recently (PMHNP-BC). She served as the first Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director since 2013 and is currently the new PMHNP Program Director. Dr. Levenson is the owner and practitioner of the JLyle Medical Clinic (primary care and behavioral health outpatient). She has maintained membership in several nurse practitioner groups including, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Austin Advanced  Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a new member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and is a local member.

  • Postpartum depression
  • Mental health stigma.


Was nominated as one of the Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for 2013. Alpha Chi is a National College Honor Society, with the Alfred H. Nolle Chapter at Texas State University.