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Donna Rolin | 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 Family 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 and MSN in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical background, as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (PMHCNS-BC), encompasses cognitive behavioral, group, and family psychotherapies as well as psychiatric evaluation and pharmacotherapy for persons with serious mental illness and cognitive disorders in inpatient, community and forensic settings. Her research focuses on community psychiatry and substance use disorders. She is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Education Council, and locally in the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Austin organization.

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 (2013-2014) 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. She is currently working on a pilot study focused on a web-based group psychotherapy intervention for smoking cessation.

  • Rolin-Kenny, D.G. (in press to publish 2014). Dementia – Alzheimer’s type. In P.L. Swearingen (Ed.) All-in-one care planning resource (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Rolin-Kenny, D.G. (in press to publish 2014). 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), p. 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), p. 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].