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administrator , explorer , genealogist , Psychiatrist , researcher , author , medical educator

Jay Talmadge Shurley, American Psychiatrist, medical educator, administrator, behavioral sciences researcher, polar explorer, author, genealogist. Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and Neurology.


Shurley, Jay Talmadge was born on December 20, 1917 in Sonora, Texas, United States. Son of Ira L. and Jewell L. (Choate) Shurley.


Bachelor in Zoology, University Texas-Austin, 1940. Doctor of Medicine, University Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1942.


International, Indiana U.-Indianapolis Medical Center, 1943;Rockefeller fellow in neuropsychiatry department mental and nervous disease Institute for Mental Hygiene, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, 1944-1947;private practice medicine specializing in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Philadelphia, 1947-1951;private practice medicine specializing in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Austin, 1951-1952;private practice medicine specializing in psychiatry, San Antonio, 1952-1954;private practice medicine specializing in psychiatry, Chevy Chase, Maryland., 1955-1957;private practice medicine specializing in psychiatry, psychoanalysis andsleep disorders medicine, Oklahoma City, 1978-1990;acting chief laboratory adult psychiatric investigation, clinical investigations, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1955-1957;chief psychiatry service and mental hygiene clinic, Veterans Administration Hospital., Oklahoma City, 1957-1962;senior medical investigator in psychiatry, research service, department medicineand surgery, VA, 1962-1976;founder and director behavioral science labs, VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City, 1962-1978;science director, Oklahoma Mental Health Research Institute, Oklahoma Department Mental Health, 1988-1989;consultant-liaison in geropsychiatry, O'Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute, Oklahoma Medical Center, 1990-1991;medical director emeritus, Willow View Mental Health Center, Oklahoma City, 1985-1987;professor psychiatry, U. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, 1957-1977;professor psychiatry and behavioral science College of Medicine and Graduate College, U. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, 1977-1981;professor emeritus psychiatry and behavioral science, U. Oklahoma College Medicine, Oklahoma City, since 1981. Adjunct Professor human ecology College Health, U. Oklahoma, 1967-1981. Member commission on polar research, chairman panel on biology and medicine NAS/National Research Council, 1970-1974.

United States representative Working Group on Biology XII Science Committee on Antarctic Research, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia, 1972. United States representative Working Group on Human Biology and Medicine XIII Science Committee on Antarctic Research, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1974. Distinguished visiting scientist program in human biology Academy Sciences Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Moscow and Leningrad, 1972.

Centennial Year visiting professor.dept. psychological medicine U. Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1975. Member Health Research Committee, Oklahoma Center for Science and Technology, 1986-1991, Oklahoma Alzheimer Research Advisory Council, 1990-1992.


  • Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and Neurology.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Relating Environment to Mental Health and Illness: The Eco-psychiatric Data Base, 1979, Symposium on Man on the South Polar Plateau, 1970. Member editorial board Journal Clinical Psychology, 1970-1980. Contributor more than 100 articles to science publications.


Captain Medical Corps United States Army, 1952-1954. Fellow American Psychiatric Association (life), American College Psychiatrists (life). Member American Medical Association, Oklahoma County Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association (life), Oklahoma Psychiatric Association (president 1968, chair ethics committee 1989-1991), Faculty House Club, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta.


Married Erwina Bode Cornelison, December 20, 1986.

Ira L. Shurley

Jewell L. (Choate) Shurley

Erwina Bode Cornelison