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

Michael H. Pollak, Ph.D.

Professor of Behavioral Sciences


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

Postdoctoral Fellow (Cardiovascular Psychophysiology)
Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina Medical School.


Dr. Pollak came to the College in 1981 Dr. Pollak serves as Focus Course Coordinator for the undergraduate medical education curriculum and directs the Evidence Based Medicine and Preventive Medicine Focus Courses.  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 health psychology. 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 daily life events on motor activity during daily life. 

Recent Scholarly Activity & Publications

Pollak, M.H., “Protecting Human Subjects from Harm: An Overview of ‘The Common Rule’”, at the John G. Gammie Symposium on "Protecting Human Subjects from Harm: Traversing the Moral and Legal Boundaries of Biomedical and Behavioral Research." at the University of Tulsa on April 11, 2014.

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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