Nancy J. Karlin

Nancy KarlinProfessor

Ph.D. 1989: Colorado State University (Paul A. Bell) Fort Collins, CO 80523 Experimental Psychology: Emphasis in Social psychology. Dissertation: Caregivers' Reactions to Emotional Support

M.A. 1987: Fort Hays State University (Thomas T. Jackson) Hays, KS 67601 General Psychology. Thesis: Past Interpersonal Relationships and Therapeutic Effect: Is there a link?

B.A. 1984: Evangel University Springfield, MO 65802 Psychology (magna cum laude)

MY AREA OF INTEREST

Specialization: Experimental/Social Psychology

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 follows 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.

Data collection moves forward with the ultimate goal to create a conceptual framework that provides a structure for the analysis and promotion of the perceived aging process in countries throughout the world.  In 2011, data was collected from elders in Rome with regard to perceptions of aging.  In 2013 data was collected from 59 elders in Thailand and from elders in Botswana with the assistance of Keinyatse Kgosidialwa. Joyce Weil and simultaneously data was collected from a U.S. sample.  The four data sets (Italy, Thailand, Botswana, and U.S.), looking at the aging experiences of elders, have been compared and submitted for publication. The research was initially presented at Aging and Society’s International Conference in Chicago, November 2013. Further data from England will be collected during the summer of 2014 with additional data collection sites being developed for Japan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Peru.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Professor Nancy Karlin’s lab is interested in training volunteer research assistants. Qualified candidates will be considered for both full and part-time positions in the lab. Psychology majors are encouraged to apply; however applicants from all fields of study will be considered. Applicants interested in going on to graduate training in psychology are strongly encouraged to apply. All potentially interested should e-mail with a statement of interest and contact information.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITY

During the summer of 2010 two students traveled with Dr. Karlin and Dr. Marrow to Vina Vieja, Peru to collect data and participate in several service learning projects.  The following summer twelve students went with Dr. Karlin to Italy.  These students were given the opportunity to hear eight lectures on various topics of interest and see the sights of Italy.  Summer 2012 offered travel to Thailand where students engaged in a service-learning project with Akha tribe children, hearing lectures on health care in that country, visiting the homes of local residents of Bangkok, touring area temples, and much, much more.  During the summer of 2014, Dr. Karlin will be taking a group of student to England. If you are interested please contact her via email.

MY TEACHING

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 Taught: Social Psychology, Principles of Learning, Group Processes and Roles, Motivation, Psychology of Prejudice, Maturing and Aging, Community Psychology

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Nominated for the “Inspiring Women’s Award”, UNC Women’s Resource Center and Stryker Institute, 2013.

Selected “Best Professor for College of Education and Behavioral Sciences”, 2012.

Nominated for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education, 2012.
First Year Scholars Outstanding Faculty Selection, 2010, 2011

University of Northern Colorado Academic Excellence Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2009.

Outstanding Service Provider, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 2008-2009 Academic Year.

Distinguished Service Award, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (2008)

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:

  • Convention Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April 2008-2014.
  • Past President, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April 2007-2008.
  • President, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April 2006-2007.
  • President-elect, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April 2005-2006
  • Secretary, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, 2002-2005
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-president, Psi Chi; 1995-1997 & 1997-1999.

PUBLICATIONS:

Juried Articles

  • 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.
  • 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 in Society, 2(2), 1-8.
  • Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., & Gould, J. (October-December, 2012).  Comparisons Between Hispanic and non-Hispanic White Informal Caregivers.  Sage Open. 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., Stellino, M., & Pulos, S. (2011). Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction, Motivation, and Exercise in Older Adults. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 35(3), 24-36.
  • 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.
  • Karlin, N. J., Eguigure, A., & Torres, A. (2009).  Hispanic Family Members and Caring For Those With Alzheimer’s Disease.  Alzheimer’s Care Today, 10(4), 189-201.
  • Karlin, N. J. (December, 2006).  2006 Reports of the Regional Associations: Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Report of the 76th Annual Meeting. American Psychologist, 4-5.
  • Lourdes, D. A., & Karlin, N. J. (2005). A Cross Cultural Study of Self-perceptions Regarding Efficacy and Attractiveness as Related to Academic Success.  University of Northern Colorado McNair Research Journal, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 10, 79-90.
  • Karlin, N. J., Emick, J., Mehls, E. & Murry, F. R. (2005). Comparison of Efficacy and Ageism Levels Between Psychology and Nursing Students. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 26(2), 81-96.
  • Gonzalez, J., & Karlin, N. J. (2004).  Self-Report Mood of Single Parents in Higher Education in Comparison with Traditional Students. University of Northern Colorado McNair Research Journal, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 9, 23-42.
  • Karlin, N. J. (2004). An Analysis of Religiosity and Exercise as Predictors of Support Group Attendance and Caregiver Burden While Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Mental Health and Aging. 10(2), 99-106.
  • Karlin, N. J., Schneider, K., & Pepper, S. (2002). Issues of Attraction, Retention, and Affective States for Geriatric Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care. Geriatric Nursing, 23(6), 324-329.
  • Karlin, N. J., Bell, P. A., & Noah, J. L., (2001). Long-term Consequences of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Role: A Qualitative Analysis. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 16 (3), 177-182.
  • Karlin, N. J. (2000). Creating an Effective Conference Presentation.  Eye on Psi Chi, Winter edition, 28-29.
  • Karlin, N. J., Bell, P. A., Noah, J. L., Martichuski, D. K., & Knight, B. L. (1999). Assessing Alzheimer’s Support Group Participation:  A retrospective follow-up. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 14(6), 326-333.
  • Karlin, N. J., & Dalley, M. (1998). Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge: A Comparison Study. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 4 (3), 211-217.
  • Karlin, N. J., O'Reilly, B. K. & Williams, S. C. (1997).  Cross-cultural Differences Between Swiss and American Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease Family Members. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 3 (4), 257-265.
  • Martichuski, D. K., Knight, B. L., Karlin, N. J., & Bell, P. A. (1997).  Correlates of Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers' Support Group Attendance.  Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 21(4), 27-40.
  • Karlin, N. J., & Bromley, S. P. (1996).  Differences in Caregivers of Demented and Lucid Chronically Ill Family Members.  American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 11(5), 39-45.
  • Karlin, N. J., & Bell, P. A. (1995).  Assessing Commonality and Favorability of First Names.  Psychological Reports, 77, 97-98.  Cited in the Washington Post, Sunday November 26, 1995.
  • Karlin, N. J., & Retzlaff, P. (1995).  Psychopathology in Caregivers of the Chronically Ill: Personality and Clinical Syndromes. The Hospice Journal, 10 (3), 55-61.
  • Dalley, M. B., Bolocofsky, D. N., & Karlin, N. J. (1994).  Self- and Teacher-rated Social Competency in Adolescents with Low and High Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 22(4), 1-9.
  • Karlin, N. J. & Bell, P. A. (1992).  Self-efficacy, Affect and Seeking Support Between Caregivers of Dementia and Non-dementia Patients.  Journal of Women and Aging, 4(3), 59-77.

Chapters/Encyclopedia Entries

  • 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.
  • Gould, J., Moore, D., Karlin, N. J., Gaede, D., Walker, J., & Dotterweich, A. R. (2013).  Serious Leisure Inventory and Measure (SLIM).  In M. Ragheb (Ed.), Measurement Instruments, Idyll Arbor Inc., Enumclaw, WA.

Books Supplements

  • Krizek, N. J. & Klein, S. B. (1986).  Test file to accompany Klein:  Learning principles and applications, First edition, McGraw-Hill.

Videos

  • Karlin, N. J. (Producer/Writer) & Holt, R. (Director). (1998). Psi Chi: Encouraging Excellence in Psychology. (Available from Psi Chi, 825 Vine St., P.O. Box 709, Chattanooga, TN  37403). This is also available in Russian.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

Juried

  • Weil, J. Karlin, N. J., Kgosidialwa, K., Saratapun, N., Pupanead, S., Ferreira, S., & Soderborg, J. (2014). Aging in Place in Many Places: Doing Collaborative Research in Five Countries, Paper presentation at Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s (AGHE) annual convention, Denver, CO.
  • Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., Saratapun, N., Pupanead, S., Kgosidialwa, K., Soderborg, J., Losike-Sedimo, N. C. (2013). Etic and Emic Perspectives on Aging: Italy, Thailand, Botswana, and the U.S., Paper presentation at Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary International Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Missirlian, B., & Karlin, N. J. (2013). Advice for Psychology Students: Obtaining a Marine Life Internship, Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Seeley, A., & Karlin, N. J. (2013). Resilience in Fire Victims, Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Seeley, A., & Karlin, N. J. (2013). Experiences of Fire Survivors and Disaster Mental Health. Paper presentation at UNC Research Day, Greeley, CO. Research Excellence Award Finalist in Oral Undergraduate Category.
  • Marrow, S., Karlin, N. J., & Brown, B. (2013).  Obstacle or Opportunity?: Toward a Typology of Rhetorical Resilience. Paper presentation at the Western States Communication Association Annual Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Weil, J., & Karlin, N. (2012). Aging in Place as Society’s Age Structure Changes:  Interviews with Italian Elders in Rome. Paper presentation at Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary International Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Shillingford, S., & Karlin, N. J., (2012). Preservice Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Knowledge of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Weil, J., Karlin, N. J., Fulton, A., Spencer, B, & DeMusis, A. (2012). Italian Lessons on Aging in Place:  The day-to-day lived experiences of elders at a Roman elders center. Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Reno, NV.
  • Seaman, M., & Karlin, N. J. (2011).  Elementary Teachers’ Perspectives on Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Rodriguez, P., & Karlin, N. J. (2011).  Hispanic Student Achievement and Learning Academy Intervention Program.  Paper presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Nominated for RMPA Student Research Award.
  • Shillingford, S., & Karlin, N. J. (2011).  Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.  Paper presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Shillingford, S., & Karlin, N. J. (2011).  The Role of Intrinsic Motivation in Nontraditional Students’ Academic Pursuits.  Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Rodriguez. P., & Karlin, N. J. (2011).  Effect of Learning Academy Intervention Model on Hispanic Student Achievement. Paper presentation at UNC Research Day 2011, Greeley, CO.
  • Marrow, S., Karlin, N. J., Brown, B., Spencer, T., Baum, S., & Swanson, G. (2011).  Social, Political, and Environmental ‘Outlaws’ in Family Resilience:  The Rhetoric of Hope and Disdain, from Peruvian Earthquake Survivors. Panel at the Society of the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Karlin, N. J., Weil, J., Collins, S., Adams, M., & Fruhauf, C. (2010). Understanding Disparities Among Hispanic and White non-Hispanic Caregivers, Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cozart, K., Church, J., & Karlin, N. J. (2010). Voluntary On-line Practice Exam Utilization And Subsequent Exam Scores, Poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Symposia

  • Karlin, N. J., Sugar, J. A., Sanders, C,. Hagan, L., & Randell, C. (2011). APA Academic Career Workshop. Entering the Academic Marketplace: Advice from Experts. Panel at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Karlin, N. J., Marrow, S., Weil, J., Baum, S., Spencer, T., & Swanson, G. (2011).  Resilience and Recovery in Vina Vieja, Peru. Symposium at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Davis, S., Rycek, R., Karlin, N. J., & Coleman, J. (2009).  Academic Integrity, Symposium at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Landrum, E., Karlin, N. J., & Peterson, P. E. (2008).  APA Academic Career Workshop:  Entering the Academic Marketplace:  Advice from Experts.  Symposium at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Boise, ID.

Curriculum Vita