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Nancy J. Karlin

Nancy J. Karlin

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 almost 30 years, I have conducted a program of research devoted to understanding both the familial caregiver and issues relating to care of the chronically ill. This program of research sought to identify how Hispanic families provide care to older family members who have Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research looked at the needs of Hispanic caregiver families not being met. I also examined service use disparities between Hispanic and non-Hispanic White caregivers, the role of acculturation, and spiritual relevance prior, during, and after the care process. Recent research has considered cross-national aging experiences in nine countries (Thailand, Botswana, Italy, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, China, Japan, and the United States).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Personality, Individual Differences

Journal Articles:

  • 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. (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., &, Bell, P. A. (1995). Assessing commonality and favorability of first names. Psychological Reports, 77, 97-98.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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), 1-8.
  • Karlin, N. J., & Ben Salem, M.,* & Weil, J. (In Press, 2018). Aging in Tunisia. The Gerontologist.
  • 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., & Dalley, M. (1998). Alzheimer's disease knowledge: A comparison study. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 4(3), 211-217.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., & 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weil, J., Karlin, N. J., & Floren, K. (2015). Boomer Backlash as Aging Becomes a Global Institution. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology.

Other Publications:

  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Development
  • Community Psychology
  • Dementia
  • Group Processes and Roles
  • Maturity and Aging
  • Motivation
  • Principles of Learning
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Social Psychology

Nancy J. Karlin
School of Psychological Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
McKee 16d
Greeley, Colorado 80639
United States

  • Phone: (970) 351-2717
  • Fax: (970) 351-1103

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