Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Michael H. Pollak, Ph.D.Michael H. Pollak, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Sciences


Education | Teaching | Research Interest | Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications


Ph.D. (Biological Psychology)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Tulsa, OK


Dr. Pollak came to the College in 1981 following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical School. Dr. Pollak coordinates and teaches parts of three courses in the undergraduate medical education curriculum: Clinical Epidemiology and Health Promotion/Disease Prevention I and II. He is also an instructor in Advanced Interviewing Skills, which is a component of the Primary Care Clinic Clerkship. He co-coordinates the Stress Management Program offered to first year medical students.

Research Interest

Dr. Pollak's research interests are in the fields of psychophysiology and medical education. He has studied individual differences in cardiovascular reactivity in response to stressful tasks in the laboratory and during daily life. His current research activities focus on the effects of stressful life events on motor activity during daily life and on empathic communication behaviors in medical students

Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications

Pollak, M.H., Redwood S.K. & Lindon D.J. (2008). Associations between medical student attitudes about empathic communication with patients and empathic behaviors during interviews with standardized patients. Paper presented at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research and Teaching Forum, Madison WI.

Redwood, S.K. & Pollak, M.H. Student-Led stress management program for first-year medical students. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 2007, 19(1), 42–46.

Allee, B.A., Pollak, M.H., & Malnar, K.F. Survey of osteopathic and allopathic residents’ attitudes towards osteopathic manipulative tratment. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 2005, 105(12), 551-561.

Stevens, V.M., Redwood, S.K., Neel, J.L., Bost, R.H., Van Winkle, N.W., & Pollak, M.H. Rapid Review Series: Behavioral Science, Mosby, St. Louis, 2004.

Stevens, V.M., Pollak, M.H., & Neel, J. Developing skills in promoting effective behavioral change. Academic Medicine, 1998, 73, 576-577.




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