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Melinda Tinkle

Mindy Tinkle


Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing, Associate Professor (Brookings)

Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 321
Undergrad Nursing-Box 2275
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Melinda (Mindy) Tinkle, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN joined the SDSU College of Nursing in summer, 2019 from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing where she served as Chair, Research and PhD Studies. Prior to her work at UNM. Dr. Tinkle worked for about a decade at the National Institutes of Health where she led the NINR/Georgetown Summer Genetics Institute and with the Center for Scientific Review as a Scientific Review Officer managing the nursing study sections. Dr. Tinkle's research and clinical background is in women's health with a special focus in clinical genetics. She is a certified women's health nurse practitioner and currently serves as the immediate past president of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. Dr. Tinkle was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2013.


BS, Nursing, 1976 from Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
MSN, 1980 (maternal child/education) from UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
PhD, 1985 (parent child nursing) from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 1987, UTHSC at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas

Specialty Area

  • Women's Health and Clinical Genetics

Awards and Honors

Dean’s Scholar Award, 2016
International Society of Nurses in Genetics, President’s Award, October 2014
Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2013
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow, 2011
Harris & Eliza Kempner Foundation Scholar, 2010
National Institutes of Health Director’s Award, Genome-Wide Studies Association Policy Development Team, August, 2008
National Institutes of Health Plain Language Award, The Science of Healthy Behaviors curriculum, Office of Science Education, April, 2008
National Institutes of Health, Award of Merit, Graduate Partnership Program, August, 2005
National Institute of Nursing Research Leadership Award, Advancing Nursing Science in the Intramural Program, December, 2004
International Society of Nurses in Genetics Founders Award, In recognition of outstanding Nursing Education in Genetics, 2004


Selected Grants

Funded Program Grants
Building Nursing Faculty Capacity in New Mexico
Project Director: Tinkle, M.
Funded: New Mexico Higher Education Department
$680,866, 2010–2012

Women’s Health Care Advanced Nursing Practice Project
Project Director: Tinkle, M.; Co-Director: Amaya, M.
Funded: HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing
$623,285, 1992–1994

Funded Research
Clinical and Translational Science Award, University of New Mexico
1UL1RR0319977-01 Principal Investigator: Richard Larson
Co-Leader, Community Engagement Core: Tinkle, M. (10%)
Funded: DHHS/NIH/NCRR 2010-2015

Implementing the Institute of Medicine’s Recommendations for Women’s Preventive Health Services: An Assessment of State Capacity
Principal Investigator: Tinkle, M.
Co-Investigators: McFarland, D. & Tigges, B.
Funded: RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative, UNM College of Nursing
$50,000, 2011–2013

An Investigation of Behavioral Factors Related to Exercise and Weight Management in Postpartum Women
Principal Investigator: Tinkle, M. Co-investigator: Keller, C., Allan, J.
Funded: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Institutional Research Grant
$9,377, 1999–2001

Mexican American Infant Feeding Beliefs
Principal Investigator: Sara Gill
Co-Investigators: Tinkle, M., Reifsnider E.
Funded: Texas Department of Health, Nutrition Division
$4,000, 1999–2000

The Effect of Lactation Support on the Incidence, Duration, and Satisfaction Among Low Income Mexican American Women
Principal Investigator: Sara Gill
Co-Investigators: Tinkle, M., Reifsnider, E.
Funded: South Texas Health Research Center
$45,380. 1999–2000

Mexican American Infant Feeding Beliefs
Principal Investigator: Sara Gill
Co-Investigators: Tinkle, M., Reifsnider, E.
Funded: Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Alpha Chapter
$1.500, 1999–2000

Professional Memberships

American Nurses Association, South Dakota Nurses Association
American Academy of Nursing
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Sigma Theta Tau
Midwest Nursing Research Society
International Society for Nurses in Genetics –
Executive Board Member, 2012- Present
Treasurer, 2012–2016
President Elect, 2016-2017
President, Nov, 2017- 2018
Past President, 2018-2019

Work Experience

Over 20 years experience in nursing education, across undergraduate and graduate programs
Academic administration- Department Chair and Associate Dean roles
Federal and State Service: National Institutes of Health; Active duty military nursing; and State Health Department Consultant
Clinical practice in women's health, from labor and delivery unit to primary care

Area(s) of Research

Women's health, particularly adolescent and reproductive health
Clinical genetics
Dissemination and implementation science

Applications of Research

Selected Publications:

Tinkle, M. B. & McCarthy, A. M. (2018). Submitting a research grant application to the National Institutes of Health: Navigating the application and peer review system. In B. M. Melnyk & D. Morrison-Beedy (Eds.), Intervention research and evidence-based quality improvement (2nd ed., pp. 417-431). New York, NY: Springer.
Tinkle, M., Tigges, B. B., Boursaw, B., & McFarlane, D. R. (2016). Adherence to the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines in the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(6), 813-824. http:
Tinkle, M., & Judge, S. (2014). The nexus of science and policy in infertility treatments. In Science and politics: An A-to-Z guide to issues and controversies. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press.
Tinkle, M., Kimball, R., Haozous, E. A., Shuster, G., & Meize-Grochowski, R. (2013). Dissemination and implementation research funded by the US National Institutes of Health, 2005-2012. Nursing Research and Practice, 2013, 909606. doi: 10.1155/2013/909606
Tinkle, M. B. (2012). Submitting a research grant application to the National Institutes of Health: Navigating the application and peer review system. In B. M. Melnyk & D. Morrison-Beedy (Eds.), Designing, conducting, analyzing, and funding intervention research. New York, NY: Springer.
Conley, Y. P., & Tinkle, M. B. (2007). The future of genomic nursing research. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39, 17-24.
Keller, C., Allan, J., & Tinkle, M. B. (2006). Stages of change, processes of change, and social support for exercise and weight gain in postpartum women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 35, 232-240.
Markowitz, J. A., Tinkle, M. B., & Fischbeck, K. H. (2004). Spinal muscular atrophy in the neonate. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 33, 12-20.
Gill, S., Reifsnider, E., Mann, A., Villarreal, P., & Tinkle, M. (2004). Assessing breastfeeding beliefs among low-income Mexican Americans. Journal of Perinatal Education, 13, 39-50.
Reifsnider, E., Gill, S., Villarreal, P., & Tinkle, M. (2003). Breastfeeding attitudes of WIC staff: A descriptive study. Journal of Perinatal Education, 12 (3), 7-15.
Tinkle, M., & Castora, F. (2002). Mitochondrial disorders: A clinician’s primer. MEDSURG Nursing Journal, 11, 25-29.
Tinkle, M. (2002). Cystic fibrosis carrier screening: Are nurses ready to be on the front line? AWHONN Lifelines, 6, 36-41.
Tinkle, M., & Cheek, D. (2002). Human genomics: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 31, 30-38.
Tinkle, M., Reifsnider, E., & Ransom, S. (2001). Why women quit using Depo-Provera. AWHONN Lifelines, 5, 36-41.
Becker, H., Stuifbergen, A., & Tinkle, M. (1997). Reproductive health care experiences of women with physical disabilities: A qualitative study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 78, S26-S33.
Tinkle, M. B., & Sterling, B. S. (1997). Neural tube defects: A primary prevention role for nurses. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 22, 503-512.
Tinkle, M. (1997). Folic acid and food fortification: Implications for the primary care practitioner. Nurse Practitioner, 22(3), 105-106, 109, 112-114
Walker, L. O., & Tinkle. M. B. (1996). Toward an integrative science of women’s health. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 25, 405-408.