Education and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D. - Colorado State University
M.A. - Fort Hays State University
B.A. - Evangel University
Nancy J. Karlin, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. As an experimental social psychologist she has specific interests in familial caregiving of Alzheimer’s disease patients and professional caregiving of the aging patient. For more than thirty years, she has conducted a program of research devoted to understanding both the familial caregiver and issues relating to care of the chronically ill. Recently she has collected data in Italy, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Thailand, Japan, Tunisia, and the United States as part of an effort to develop a cross-national framework on perceptions of aging. She is the Convention Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and a member of the Association of Psychological Sciences and of the Gerontological Society of America. Her recent publications can be found in the International Psychology Bulletin, Ageing International, The International Journal of Aging in Society, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, Sage Open, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Activities, Adaptation, and Aging.
As a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, I have specific interests in familial caregiving of Alzheimer's disease patients and professional caregiving of the aging patient. For more than twenty-five years, I have conducted a program of research devoted to understanding both the familial caregiver and issues relating to care of the chronically ill. One program of research considers how Hispanic families provide care to older family members who have ADRD. This research looks at the needs of Hispanic caregiver families that are not currently being met. Some of my interests with these groups involve understanding disparities in service use, the role of acculturation, spiritual relevance prior, during, and after the care process.
In the past few years I have been actively involved in collecting data along with Sherilyn Marrow (Communications) and Joyce Weil (Gerontology) on the psychosocial factors and rhetorical resilience of natural disaster survivors. Some information has been collected from families and aging populations in L'Aquila, Italy who experienced the devastating earthquake of April 6, 2009. This project followed up on prior pilot data gathered from survivors of Hurricane Katrina, U.S.A. of August 29, 2005 and earthquake survivors of Vina Vieja, Peru 2007 as well as community dwelling elders dealing with the aging process.
In the past few years I have worked very hard to conduct research that extends beyond the physical walls of UNC, thereby adhering to the University's vision for creating cross-cultural connections and diversified learning perspectives.
Since 2011, Dr. Joyce Weil and I have been collecting data outside the United States working to develop a cross-national framework on perceptions of aging. In 2011, data were collected from elders in Rome (N=27) with regard to perceptions of aging. In 2012 Dr. Weil and I collected data from a U.S. sample (N=40) and in 2013 data were collected Thailand (N=59) and from elders in Botswana (N=25). Data collection was completed in January 2014 in South Africa (N=30) and Saudi Arabia (N=59). The six data sets (N=240) focus on the aging experiences of rural and urban elders. Additional data was collected during the summer of 2017 in Japan and Tunisia. During this data collection period a needs assessment was also completed with older adults from the eastern plains of Colorado and throughout western Nebraska. This project resulted in two articles. One compares the two cohorts and the other focuses on the development and preliminary validation of the Older Adult Service Usage Assessment (OASUA).
Students tend to find that I am committed to them, the subject and the discipline. In addition, I have high academic standards. Whenever possible, I try to point out how students can improve their lives through a better understanding of the subject. Courses I have taught include Social Psychology, Principles of Learning, Group Processes and Roles, Motivation, Psychology of Prejudice, Maturing and Aging, Community Psychology, and Dementia.
Karlin, N. J., Weil, J. & Sammons, K.* (2017). Semi-structured interviewing of older adults in seven countries. In C. Maurer (Ed.), SAGE Research Methods Cases-Part 2, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, England. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526420787
Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., & Floren, K.* (2016). The role of social support in less studied context. In S. Chen (Ed.), Social support: Gender differences, psychological importance and impacts on well-being, Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.
Marrow, S., Karlin, N. J., & Brown, B. B. (2013). Obstacle or opportunity: Toward a typology of rhetorical resilience following family crises. In S. Marrow & D. Leoutsakas (Ed.), More Than Blood: Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Vision of Family, Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA.
Karlin, N. J. (Accepted, 2017). Older adult service usage assessment: Evidence from two rural samples. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging.
Karlin, N. J. (In Press, 2017). Development and preliminary validation of the older adult service usage assessment. Advances in Aging Research, 6(4),
Machlev, M.,* & Karlin, N. J. (2017). The relationship between instructor use for different types of humor and student interest in course material. College Teaching.65(2), 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2017.1333080
Karlin, N. J., & Weil, J. (2017). Healthy aging in a global context: Comparing six countries. Ageing International, 42(1). 1-22. doi:10.1007/s12126-016-9274-2
Machlev, M.,* & Karlin, N. J. (September, 2016). Understanding the relationship between different types of instructional humor and student learning. SAGE Open,6(3), 1-9. doi: 10.1177/2158244016670200
Diaz, A.,* Cochran, K., & Karlin, N. J. (2016). The influence of teacher power on English language learners’ self-perceptions of learner empowerment. College Teaching.64(4), 158-167. doi:10.1080/87567555.2015.1126801
Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., & Felmban, W.* (2016). Aging in Saudi Arabia: An exploratory study of contemporary older persons’ views about daily life, health, and the experience of aging. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.2, 1-9. doi:10.1177/2333721415623911
Weil, J., Karlin, N. J., & Floren, K.* (2015). Boomer backlash as aging becomes a global institution. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 52(1), 37-58.
Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., Pupanead, S.,* Saratapun, N.,* & Kgosidialwa, K.* (2014). Etic and emic perspectives on aging: Italy, Thailand, Botswana, and the United States. Ageing International,39(4), 348-368. doi:10.1007/s12126-014-9198-7.
Karlin, N. J., & Branch, J. (2014). Making short-term study abroad classes ADA compliant: Specifics on utilizing interpreters. International Psychology Bulletin. 18(2-3), 36-39.
Shillingford, S.,* & Karlin, N. J. (2013). Preservice teachers’ self-efficacy and knowledge of emotional behavioral disorders. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 19(2), 176-194. doi: 10.1080/13632752.2013.840958..
Shillingford, S.,* & Karlin, N. J. (2013). The role of intrinsic motivation in nontraditional students academic pursuits. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. 25(3), 91-102. doi: 10.1002/nha3.20033
Weil, J., & Karlin, N. J. (2013). Italian lessons on aging in place: The day-to-day lived experiences of elders at a roman senior center, The International Journal of Aging and Society,2(2), 1-11.
Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., & Gould, J. (October-December, 2012). Comparisons between Hispanic and non-Hispanic White informal caregivers. SAGE Open. 2(4), 1-10. doi:10.1177/2158244012470108
Karlin, N. J., Marrow, S., Weil, J., Baum, S.,* & Spencer, T.* (2012). Social support, mood, and resiliency following a Peruvian natural disaster. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 17, 470-488.
Kirkland, R. A.,* Karlin, N. J., Stellino, M., & Pulos, S. (2011). Basic psychological needs satisfaction, motivation, and exercise in older adults. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 35(3), 181-196.
Weil, J., & Karlin, N. J. (2011). Reflections from our visit: The importance of organizations and senior centers in the lives of elders. Associazione Fra Albenzio, 43, 6.
Gould, J., Moore, D., Karlin, N. J., Gaede, D., Walker, J., & Dotterweich, A. R. (2011). Measuring serious leisure in chess: Model confirmation and method bias. Leisure Sciences, 33(4), 332-340.