Board Profile

May Wykle, PhD.

  • :FNU Board Member
  • :April 30, 2019
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Dr. May L. Wykle, Ph.D. is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Wykle has also served as adjunct professor at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, and was a Pope Eminent Scholar at the school's Rosalyn Carter Institute. She is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national nursing honor society. Dr. Wykle's distinguished career includes positions as visiting professor, University of Zimbabwe, University of Michigan and University of Texas; assistant professor, psychiatric nursing, Case Western Reserve University; project director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Teaching Nursing Home; and chairperson/director, psychiatric-mental health nursing, University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Wykle began her career in 1956 as a staff nurse with the Cleveland Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Wykle has provided her expertise on race and gender in mental health, gerontology and geriatric care to hundreds of institutions, health professionals, families and the media. She has authored or coauthored eight books, 30 book chapters and more than 500 papers on nursing, mental health/psychiatric care, geriatrics and gerontology. Internationally, she has participated as visiting professor or presenter in Australia, Botswana, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uganda, Denmark, England, Ireland, Hungary and Zimbabwe. Dr. Wykle has been a Director at American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland Chapter since October 2005. Dr. Wykle has served as director, principal or co-principal investigator or consultant on 47 research projects, totaling more than $6 million in grants and funded by national organizations. Her numerous honors include recognition as one of Northeastern Ohio's Most Influential Women (Northern Ohio Live magazine); Distinguished Alumni Award, Case Western Reserve University; delegate to the White House Conference on Aging; Fellow, Gerontological Society of America; and Distinguished Nurse-Scholar, National Institute on Aging. Dr. Wykle holds a PhD, a MSN and a BSN from Case Western Reserve University, and a diploma from the Ruth Brant School of Nursing, Martins Ferry, Ohio.