Dr. Tinkle joined the University of New Mexico College of Nursing as an Associate Professor in 2010 and is the Chair of Research and PhD Studies. She was at the National Institutes of Health where she served for about a decade as Research Training Director for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and as Scientific Review Officer for the Center for Scientific Review. Her clinical and research background over the past 30 years has been in health promotion in the community, particularly working with women and underserved populations. Dr. Tinkle has particular interest in genetic nursing scholarship, with specific training at the NINR Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), both as an attendee and as SGI Program Director for 6 years. She has served in leadership roles on several national nursing initiatives directed at building research skills in genetics among nurse scientists as well as increasing genetic knowledge and skills in nursing education. Dr. Tinkle is actively involved in the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center in the Community Engagement and Research Core and with UNM Comparative Effectiveness Research initiatives.

Dr. Tinkle received her BS from Texas Woman's University, her MSN from University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio and her PhD from The University of Texas, Austin.

• Research Areas of Interest: women's health, clinical genetics, dissemination, and implementation science
• Populations of Interest: women across the lifespan, vulnerable populations
• Research Methodologies: community-based research, survey, mixed-methods

Keywords: health promotion, women, underserved populations, research skill, genetics, nursing education

Areas of Specialty

Maternal and Child Health


PhD, University of Texas, 1985 (Parent-Child Nursing)
MSN, University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio, 1980 (Maternal-Child Nursing)
BS, Texas Woman's University, 1976 (Nursing)


WHNP-BC: Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Achievements & Awards

FAAN: Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing