Nichole Winges-Yanez, Ph.D., LMSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nick Winges-Yanez, Ph.D., LMSW is an adjunct assistant professor at the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) through the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a project manager with TCDS, working on the Texas Sibling Network and the Healthy Relationships project. Nick holds a master’s and a PhD in social work from Portland State University in Portland, OR, her home for fifteen years prior to moving to Austin to be closer to her parents and her sister. As a sibling to someone labeled with ID, she is interested in creating a community for other adult siblings.

Nick worked in residential settings for adults labeled with I/DD and co-occurring mental health conditions for over ten years. For over half that time, she worked in a house with men labeled with I/DD who had sexual offending behaviors. It was this experience that led her to return to university. Her main research focus has been on sexuality and intellectual disability, specifically how the two have intertwined throughout history.

Additionally, she has worked with youth to help define a recent law in Oregon for public schools to provide inclusive sexuality education, providing guidance for LGBTQ information to be included. Nick has also worked with the Multnomah County Health Department (in Portland) to assess sexuality education curricula for young adults labeled with ID.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Disability Studies, Foucault, ID and sexuality, human sexuality, ID and higher education, universal learning, sexuality education, community living.


  • Ph.D., Portland State University
  • MSW, Portland State University
  • BSW, Portland State University


Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.104A
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358