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Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D.Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Sciences


Education | Teaching | Research Interest | Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications


Ph.D. (Sociology)
University of Kentucky


Dr. Van Winkle joined the department in 1991 following a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Van Winkle coordinates and teaches in the Multicultural Health course, the Aging and End-of-Life component in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention II, and the Advanced Interviewing Skills component of the Primary Care Clinic Clerkship. She also coordinates Medical Spanish I and II. She occasionally teaches other courses for OSU, such as Sociology of Aging at OSU-Tulsa, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the OSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Dr. Van Winkle is a board member of the OSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a founding member of the Oklahoma Academy for Palliative Care Education.

Research Interest

Dr. Van Winkle's current research interests include American Indian suicide and end-of-life decision making among American Indians. Other research topics have included family caregivers of elders with dementia and cognitive impairment among American Indians.

Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications

Stevens, V. M., Redwood, S. K., Neel, J. L., Bost, R. H., Van Winkle, N. W., & Pollak, M. H. (2007). Behavioral Science (Rapid Review Series) 2nd Edition. St. Louis: Mosby.

Stevens, V. M., Redwood, S. K., Neel, J. L., Bost, R. H., Van Winkle, N. W., & Pollak, M. H. (2004). Behavioral Science (Rapid Review Series). St. Louis: Mosby.

May, P.A., Van Winkle, N.W., Williams, M.B., McFeeley, P.J., DeBruyn, L.M., & Serna, P. (2002). Alcohol and suicide death among American Indians of New Mexico. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 32(3), 240-255.

Van Winkle, N.W. (2000). American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. In K.L. Braun, J. Pietsch, & P.L. Blanchette (Eds.). Cultural issues in end-of-life decision making. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 127-144.

Van Winkle, N.W., Rosenbaum, M.E., & Redwood, S.K. (1998). Improving fourth-year students' complex interviewing skills. Academic Medicine, 73(5), 590.

Van Winkle, N.W., Rosenbaum, M.E., & Cardador, M.T. (1997). Introducing students to issues of socioeconomic status and community service. Academic Medicine, 72(5), 437-438.

Persson, D., & Van Winkle, N.W (1994). Long-term care. In R.W. Richter & J.P. Blass (Eds.), Alzheimer's disease: A guide to practical management. St. Louis: Mosby, 141-155.

May, P.A., & Van Winkle, N.W. (1994). Indian adolescent suicide: The epidemiologic picture in New Mexico. American Indian and Alaska Native mental health research, 4 (Monograph), 2-34.

Van Winkle, N.W., & May, P.A. (1993). An update on American Indian suicide in New Mexico, 1980-1987. Human Organization, 52(3), 304-315.