Phyllis Raynor


Dr. Raynor is a Doctorally prepared advanced-practice psychiatric mental health nurse who completed her PhD in Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She also completed her post-master’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certification at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her Master’s in Nursing Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is certified as both a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an advanced-practice addictions nurse which allows her to provide primary mental health treatment for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders across the lifespan.

She is currently working full time at the University of South Carolina as a clinical assistant professor teaching in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program while providing primary substance use treatment for clients with co-occurring mental health disorders part-time in an outpatient clinic.

She has 25 years of clinical experience as a nurse and brings extensive personal and professional experience and familiarity with the challenges faced by vulnerable populations affected by substance use disorders (SUD). In addition, Dr. Raynor was a founding board member for the South Carolina Chapter of Addictions Nursing where she served as Chapter Vice-President. As an early career nurse researcher, her long-term professional goal is to become an independent investigator in the area of SUD disparities research focusing on parents and children.

Expertise: Self-Care Management for Substance Use Disorders (SUD); Digital Interventions to Support Parents in Recovery; Implementation and Evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address SUD