Gail M. Wolf, Ph.D., R.N.

Gail Wolf

Clinical Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Ashland Campus
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., SN-SOU
Ashland, Ore. 97520

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Gail M. Wolf earned her BSN at University of Arizona and her Master’s of Science (nursing education focus and health administration minor) from Regis University.

She earned her Doctorate in Education and Professional Studies at Capella University. Her research was concerning early literacy, beginning reading instruction and the connection to health. Gail views poor literacy as a public health concern.

Gail is a board certified Gerontological Nurse and enjoys working with the older adult to promote healthy living; helping with water aerobics.

Gail’s additional nursing background includes public health (13 years), long term care, developmental disabilities, and hospital/acute care (13 years).

Previously Gail taught in the nursing program at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; and she has now taught six years in the OHSU RNBS Baccalaureate Completion program.

A Passion

Gail has a passion for prevention of poor literacy; promoting literacy and promoting health. For over a decade she has volunteered at a local YMCA preschool teaching children to read.

Through doctoral research, Gail found that poor early childhood literacy is linked to poor health, early school dropout, entrance into crime, and early mortality.

Gail presents her research on early literacy and the connection to health at the May 2013 National Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Conference.

Currently, Gail is working with the State of Oregon Head Start parents, teachers, directors and administrators giving conferences and seminars on the evidence-based childhood and family literacy program.


PhD in Education ~ Capella University
Master's of Science ~ Nurse Ed/Nurse Admin ~ Regis University
BSN ~ University of Arizona


OHSU in RNBS Baccalaureate Completion Program


Early literacy and connection to health
Early Childhood and Family Literacy Program

Practice Activities

Teaching OHSU
Teaching parents, early education teachers and early education directors how to implement evidence-based early literacy program.


Volunteer teaching reading ~ YMCA preschool
Working statewide with Head Start, Early Childhood Coalition, and Commission on Children & Families on mission and vision of promoting literacy, promoting health.


Wolf, G. (1998). The three ingredient reading program: You can teach your child to read. Mesa, AZ: Blue Bird Publishing