Mona Pearl Treyball

Mona Pearl Treyball PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, FAAN

Professor of Clinical Teaching Specialty Director of Veteran and Military Health Care Program
  • College of Nursing


Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, FAAN, Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force (USAF) Nurse Corps, joined the CU College of Nursing faculty in August 2014 as a full professor dedicated to developing academic programs in Veteran and Military Health Care. Dr, Pearl Treyball received her Bachelor of Arts in dance therapy from New York University, her Master of Science in nursing from Pace University, and her Doctor of Philosophy in public policy and public administration from Auburn University. She also received a Master of Science from National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces in national resource strategy.

Dr. Pearl Treyball entered the USAF in 1992 and served as both an active duty and reserve officer, attaining the rank of Colonel. After starting her career as a surgical trauma/transplant staff nurse and becoming a flight nurse and flight instructor, Col. Pearl Treyball served as the deputy commander of the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility during Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. During Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, Col. Pearl Treyball was on an alert aeromedical evacuation crew to care for wounded and later deployed to care for returning combat casualties at Malcolm Grow Medical Center (Andrews AFB, MD). Col Pearl Treyball served in many roles to include Squadron Commander, Inspector General Health Services, and Special Assistant and Medical Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. As Director of the Medical Directorate, serving under the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters US Air Force, she managed over $2B in programmed reserve medical assets supporting 63 units and 70,000+ reservists and families. She also conducted liaison activities with DoD agencies, all Services and Components, General Officers, the Secretary of the Air Force, major commands, and staff in the Offices of the Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs, Reserve Affairs, and Force Management Policy by providing legislative expertise related to health benefits, medical professionals, and execution of medical programs. She was awarded the Legion of Merit upon her retirement in 2014.

As a civilian, Dr. Pearl Treyball was Assistant Dean for Academic Outreach and Associate Professor at George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services. She had had previous appointments at Auburn University-Montgomery, Old Dominion University, and the University of New Mexico. Dr. Pearl Treyball is an international speaker and has authored over 40 publications. Her research revolves around Service members, Veterans, Military/Veteran families related to deployment exposures, suicide prevention, and complementary therapies.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Master's in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces 2011
  • PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, Auburn University 2003
  • Certificate in Health Care Policy and Administration, Auburn University 1999
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Pace University 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance Therapy and Drama, New York University 1982


  • Legion of Merit, United States Air Force, 2014
  • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force, 2010, 2008, 2002
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, 2003, 1997, 1995
  • Other military awards and medals include the Air Force Achievement Medal (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Second Oak Leaf Cluster), Combat Readiness Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Recognition Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (with additional Star Device), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with additional Star Device), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 2 M devices and Bronze Hourglass), Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol), Air Force Training Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
  • Federal Nursing Essay Award, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) 2008
  • New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award in Education and Research, New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence 2007
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, University of New Mexico College of Nursing 2007
  • Faculty Excellence in Technology Based Teaching Award, Old Dominion University, College of Health Sciences 2004
  • Brigadier General E. A. Hoefly Award, Aerospace Medical Association, Aerospace Nursing Section 2001
  • Outstanding Nurse Researcher, Alabama State Nurses Association 2001
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Auburn University Montgomery, School of Nursing 2001 and 2000
  • Brigadier General Claire E. Garrecht Award, Aerospace Medical Association, 2000
  • Juanita Redmond Award, Air Force Association 1996

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