Meet Dr. Tinney

 Dr. Tinney is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a specialized fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Tinney has expertise and conducts research in Autism, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. She has advanced training in the management of children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, eating disorders, and substance abuse. She also manages these conditions in adults with experience in Suboxone treatment for opiate dependence. Dr. Tinney is actively engaged in the Triangle Community as a Medical Director in addition to being Adjunct faculty in the UNC Department of Psychiatry.Her mission is to provide evidence-based culturally competent care while improving awareness of mental health in the community. Her treatment approach uses a variety of interventions in medication and stress management, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic therapy, individual psychotherapy, play psychotherapy, family therapy, cognitive testing, and psycho education.

Dr. Tinney is a “medication minimalist” which means that she only provides medications when absolutely necessary, while supporting evidence-based alternative interventions. She believes in providing total person care. She supports and encourages close collaboration with Primary Care and therapy providers; creating a comprehensive treatment approach highlighting the multiple facets of an individual’s emotional, spiritual, and educational needs.


Fellowship:  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Internship/Residency:  Psychiatry University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Medical School:  University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Undergraduate:  Wake Forest University



Medical Director:  Upward Change Health Services

Physician Consultant/Expert Testimony:  Managed Care

Adjunct Faculty/Assistant Professor: UNC Healthcare