Linda D. Oakley, PhD, RN

Position title: Louis J. and Phyllis Clark Jacobs Professor in Mental Health


Phone: 608-263-5866

4171 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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PhD, University of Washington; Nursing Science
Post-Doc, University of California, San Francisco; RWJ Clinical Nurse Scholar
MS, Boston University; Psychiatric Nursing
BS, California State University, Chico; Nursing

My research focuses on social determinants of morbidity and mortality in Black communities. Guided by the social ecological model of community health and the inflammatory model of stigma and illness, my research aims are to improve our understanding of the cardiovascular impact of stigma in Black communities and test community-specific, health self-management strategies. My work includes studies of stigma, cultural resilience, trauma, and depression in healthy community adults and treatment patients.  In addition to my long-standing Community-Academic research partnership with the south Madison community, I also have a sustained Academic Practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I teach graduate courses in advanced practice psychiatric nursing and theories of psychotherapy and mentor post-doctoral fellows, DNP students, and undergraduate research scholars.  My recent service includes co-chair of the UW-Madison campus diversity and climate committee and appointment to the national SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program in nursing.

Research focus area

Mental Health & Substance Use

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