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

Faculty & Staff

Richard Wansley, Ph.D.Richard A. Wansley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Education | Teaching | Research Interest | Selected Professional Service | Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications


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

Fellowship (Public Health Policy Leadership) 
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health


Dr. Wansley came to the College in 2004 as its first Vice President of Sponsored Programs, Research, and Institutional Advancement. In 2008, he resigned his administrative position to continue his academic career in research and teaching. Dr. Wansley lectures and conducts seminars on health-related public policy issues, in particular healthcare workforce. He also assists other Departmental faculty members with various clinical skills courses, such as Advanced Interviewing Skills.

Research Interest

Dr. Wansley’s current research interests pertain to studying the status of Oklahoma’s mental health workforce and the implications on future public policy in the state. He also is a collaborator with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on research regarding the outcomes of policy establishing Mental Health Courts in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Florida. Dr. Wansley is a Co-Investigator on research evaluating the Tulsa-based project known as “Building Tulsa, Building Lives”, an effort addressing mental illness and chronic homelessness.

Selected Professional Service

The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals (in Research and Public Policy), Participating Member.

Oklahoma State Insurance Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Health Coverage, Committee Member.

Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce – Healthcare Taskforce, Member and Chair – Subgroup on Bioscience and Research.

Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR),

National Science Foundation. Member – Strategic Research Plan for Oklahoma Advisory Committee.

Mental Health Association in Tulsa; Board Member and Vice President – Education.

Wrap Around Services (for Homeless) Strategic Planning Committee: Greater Tulsa Community Service Council, Committee Member.

National Health Policy Fellowship/Training in Policy Studies: Ohio University and New York Institute of Technology, Curriculum Advisory Committee Member and Lecturer.

Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications

Wansley, R. A., Senior Editor and Chairperson (2001 – 2004), First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Reports to the Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and to the US Congress: Review and Recommendations on Title VII, Part D (Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages – US Healthcare Workforce Training), Public Health Service Act. National Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community Based Linkages, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS, US Government Publication.

Wansley, R. A., Published Testimony (2003), US Healthcare Workforce Training and Emerging Infectious Diseases, In Institute of Medicine’s Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

McElmurry, B.J., Wansley, R., Gugenheim, A.M., Gombe, S., and Dublin, P. The Chicago Health Corps: strengthening communities through structured volunteer service. Advanced Practice Nursing Quarterly, 1997 Spring: 2(4): 59-66.

Current Sponsored Projects
Wansley, R. A., Program Director/Principal Investigator, Health Care and Other Facilities: OSU CHS Mobile Telemedicine Unit, DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration, Award Period: June 2008 through May 2009.




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