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Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC | Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

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Phone: 512 475-7317

Office: NUR 4.170
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Donna Rolin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Director of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She received her PhD in Nursing Research from New York University, MSN in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and BSN from Wichita State University. Her research focuses on community psychiatry and substance use disorders. She is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, where she serves on the national Board of Directors in the role of Treasurer, and locally in the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Austin organization.

Her clinical background, as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, encompasses cognitive behavioral, group, and family psychotherapies as well as psychiatric evaluation and pharmacotherapy for persons with mental illness and cognitive disorders in inpatient, outpatient, community and forensic settings. Currently, she practices in a community-based group working with underserved patients with serious mental illnesses, cognitive disorders, and intellectual disabilities in outpatient, long term care, and inpatient psychiatric facilities.

Her clinical and educational work regarding Substance Use Disorders began in 1998, when she was the Charge Nurse of the Dual Diagnosis Forensic Intensive Residential Program at North Philadelphia Health System until 2000, when she left for University of Pennsylvania for graduate school, earning MSN in Psychiatric Nursing in 2002. As a Research Interventionist and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she provided a medication adherence in-home intervention based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to persons with serious mental illness and HIV. From 2008-2009, during her PhD education at New York University, she completed the Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (SARET) Fellowship supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse R25 Grant. This included a Residency at New York University School of Medicine Behavioral Science and Substance Abuse Research Group and the Bellevue Hospital Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) awarded her a scholarship in 2010. Her 2012 dissertation at New York University was a qualitative, phenomenological exploration of “The Lived Experience of Spirituality in Alcoholism Recovery.”

Since coming to the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2012, she has collaborated with the School of Social Work in developing and presenting seminars at Austin Recovery Center on “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) Updates and Clinical Implications: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.” She has co-authored two articles on the DSM-5 changes and held numerous DSM-5 presentations regionally. Recent professional presentations focus on topics such as psychotropic medications in the elderly, psychopharmacology, and promotion of psychotherapy in advanced practice nursing. She is currently working on a wellness intervention research study aimed to improve mental health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, disability, sleep, emotional eating, and wellness.

  • Allen, D., Arauz, E., Batscha, C, Beaman, N., Carretta, C., Dilks, S.,… (Rolin, D.G.), Tebaldi, C. (2016). American Psychiatric Nurses Association Task Force on Violence Prevention position statement: Retrieved from Violence prevention [Media: Position Statement and Toolkit].
  • Rolin, D.G. & Yaklin, S.S. (2016-in press). Therapeutic groups. In M.J. Halter (Ed.) Varcarolis’ foundations of psychiatric-mental health nursing (8th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Rolin, D.G. (2016-in press). Psychobiology and psychopharmacology. In T. W Barkley, Jr. (Ed.) Barkley’s curriculum review for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Los Angeles: Barkley & Associates.
  • Rolin, D.G. (2015, August 23). [Media] PMHNP audio tracks: Feeding and Eating Disorders; Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders; Serious Mental Illness, Neurocognitive Disorders; Impulse Control Disorders. Retrieved from Barkley & Associates PMHNP Review.
  • Rolin-Kenny, D.G. (2015). Dementia – Alzheimer’s type. In P.L. Swearingen (Ed.) All-in-one care planning resource (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Rolin-Kenny, D.G. (2015). Substance-related and addictive disorders. In P.L. Swearingen (Ed.) All-in-one care planning resource (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Rolin-Kenny, D.G. & Morgan, K.I. (2013). Therapeutic groups. In M.J. Halter (Ed.) Varcarolis’ foundations of psychiatric-mental health nursing (7th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Halter, M.J., Rolin-Kenny, D.G. & Grund, F. (2013). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5): Historical Perspectives. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 51(4), 22-29. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20130226-03
  • Halter, M.J., Rolin-Kenny, D.G. & Dzurek, L. (2013). An Overview of the DSM-5: Changes, Controversy, and Implications for Psychiatric Nursing. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 51(4), 30-39. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20130226-02
  • Rolin-Kenny, D. & Naegle, M. (Advisor). (2012). The lived experience of spirituality in alcoholism recovery. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT).  UMI Publication # 3525435.
  • Hanrahan, N.P., Rolin-Kenny, D.G., Roman, J., Kumar, A., Aiken, L., & Blank, M. (2011). Promoting self-care management among persons with serious mental illness who have HIV. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 23 (online ahead of print May 12, 2011). doi:10.1177/1084822311405457 [listed as Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), University of Pennsylvania Population Aging Research Center]