Judy Rollins PhD, RN

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Home Institution:
Georgetown University School of Medicine 

Field:
Arts in Health and Pediatric Nursing 

Current Positions:

President, Rollins and Associates, Inc.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Pediatrics,

Georgetown University School of Medicine  

Adjunct Lecturer, Center for Arts in Medicine University of Florida College of the Arts

What elements of artwork in health care settings are most effective in enhancing patients’ well-being?

Scholar Project

Art with Intent: “Purpose” Built or selected Art in Hospitals

As an Institute Scholar, Dr. Rollins is exploring the impact of contemporary “purpose” built artwork on patients, visitors and staff in hospitals. While art is increasingly used in healthcare settings to affect the well-being of patients and to improve the healthcare experience, little is known about what elements of the artwork are most effective in promoting health.

“Purpose built” art is contemporary art designed to promote positive outcomes for health and often is intended to challenge and provoke, in addition to being soothing and comforting. By evaluating the emotional and physiological responses to this artwork in a hospital setting, Dr. Rollins’ research has the potential to transform how art in healthcare settings is designed and used to effectively support optimal health and healing.


 

Biography

Judy Rollins, PhD, RN, brings 30 years of arts and healthcare experience in research, consulting, program development, and education. She is a registered nurse with a BFA in the visual arts, an MS in child development and family studies, a PhD in health and community studies, and a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from The Evaluators’ Institute, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Dr. Rollins has developed programming for adults, children, families, and healthcare staff in hospitals, hospice care, and the community. Among the local arts programs she has developed are Allies in the Arts for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, ART is the heART for children and families in hospice care, and Studio G, an artists–in-residence program in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital.

She is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. 

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Author of over 100 publications, Dr. Rollins is editor for Pediatric Nursing and North America regional editor for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. In addition to book of the year awards from the American Journal of Nursing and Pediatric Nursing,

Dr. Rollins is the recipient of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Research Award, Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to Promote Arts and Healing Award, National Science Foundation Scholarship, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Travel Award.

A long time officer and board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, she currently serves as an Ambassador, and in spring 2011 was among the first group of recipients of the Society’s Distinguished Fellow awards.

Education & Training

PhD, DeMontfort University

MS, Oklahoma State University 

BFA, University of Tulsa 

RN, Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing

 

Selected Honors

Mary M. Hoobler Distinguished Service Award, Georgetown University Department of Pediatrics, April, 2015

The Editor’s Choice 2012 Award for The state of the arts in healthcare in the United States, Arts in Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy, and Practice, 2009.

American Journal of Nursing 2011 Book of the Year Award for Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens Coping with Health Issues, John Wiley & Sons

Distinguished Fellow, Society for the Arts in Healthcare, April 2011

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Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, induction September 2007

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Award, November 2006

National Science Foundation Scholarship, June 2004

Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Award, 2002

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care/Bristol-Myers Squibb Clinical Nursing

Practice Research Award, July, 2000, Oslo, Norway

Pediatric Nursing 1991 Book of the Year Award for Comprehensive Child and Family Nursing Skills, Mosby Year Book

American Journal of Nursing 1991 Book of the Year Award for Comprehensive Child and Family Nursing Skills, Mosby Year Book


 

Selected Publications 

Articles

The vintage photograph project.
Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research Policy and Practice, 2016

Promoting coping for children of hospitalized service members with combat injuries through creative arts engagement.
Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research Policy and Practice, 2015

Art viewing directives in hospital settings effect on mood.
Health Environments Research & Design Journal, April 2015

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Pediatric traumatic brain injury: A brief look at the parent perspective.
Pediatric Nursing, November 2013

Exploring the ability of a drawing by proxy intervention to improve quality of life for hospitalized children.
Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 2011

Arousing curiosity: When hospital art transcends.
Health Environments Research & Design Journal, April 2011

What a hospital should be. In W. Turgeon (Ed.)
Creativity and the child: Interdisciplinary perspectives, 2009

The state of the arts in healthcare in the United States.
Arts in Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy, and Practice, September 2009

The influence of two hospitals’ designs and policies on social interaction and privacy as coping factors for children with cancer and their families.
Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 2009

Tell me about it: Drawing as a communication tool for children with cancer.
Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, July 2005


 

Books 

Meeting children’s psychosocial needs across the healthcare continuum.
PROED, 2005, 2nd ed. in press

Talking about Arts in Health: A white paper addressing the language used to describe the discipline from a higher education perspective.
Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, College of the Arts, January 2017

Arts in healthcare settings in the United States.
Oxford textbook of Creative arts, health and well-being: International perspectives on practice, policy and research, 2016

The arts in pediatric healthcare settings.
Managing arts programs in healthcare, 2015

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Bedside arts activities.
Managing arts programs in healthcare, 2015

Arts, Health, & Wellness.
Arts & America, 2015, Americans for the Arts

Arts, health and well-being across the military continuum: Whitepaper and framing a national plan for action.
Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts, 2013

Bringing the arts to life: A guide to the arts and long-term care.
Washington, DC: Global Alliance for Arts & Health, 2013

Therapeutic activities for children and teens coping with health issues.
San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2011

Arts organizations & public health: Developing relationships and programs to address local health priorities.
Partners for Livable Communities, 2011

The arts and human development: Framing a national research agenda for the arts, lifelong learning, and individual well-being.
National Endowment for the Arts, 2011

Pediatric oncology palliative and end-of-life care resource.
CureSearch Children’s Oncology Group & Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, 2010

State of the field report: Arts in healthcare 2009.
Washington, DC: Society for the Arts in Healthcare, 2009

Arts for children in hospitals: Helping to put the ‘art’ back in medicine.
Using the creative arts in healthcare and therapy, March 2008

Arts activities for children at bedside.
Washington, DC: WVSA arts Connection, January 2004