Our team

Our team

Jo Lynne W. Robins, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, CHTP, AHN-C

Associate Professor
Interim PhD Program Director
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems


1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3061
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-0776
Email: jwrobins@vcu.edu


I teach in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. I strive to ignite a passion for evidence informed practice and research in students as well as instilling nurses with practical, sustainable self-care skills to enhance therapeutic presence and person-centered relationships. As a certified advanced practice holistic nurse, I have expertise across several integrative therapies, particularly mindfulness-based approaches.


My biobehavioral program of research began with the use of tai chi as a mindfulness-based moving meditation intervention in a variety of populations including individuals with increased cardiometabolic risk. This work has evolved into work with two multidisciplinary teams. One focused on self-management risk reduction in patients with type 2 diabetes and the other on elucidating cardiovascular risk and protective factors in low income families in a community based participatory research model, which will inform family centered self-management interventions.


I maintain an active practice as a holistic adult nurse practitioner in Virginia’s oldest free clinic. I am a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Southern Nurses Research Society, the American Holistic Nurses Association and a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


  • B.S. - Virginia State University
  • M.S. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Ph.D. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


  • 2019 Outstanding Nurses in Richmond. Our Health Magazine.
  • 2018 Informatics Category Winner, Center for Clinical and Translational Science/Center for Leading Collaboration and Innovation Team Science Contest, DEAP: Diabetes Engagement and Activation Platform.
  • Fellow, University of Arizona Integrative Nurse Faculty Fellowship
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


  • Sabo, R., Robins, J., Lutz, S., Kishiri, P., Day, T., Webel, B., & Krist, A.H. (2019, In Review). Randomized controlled effectiveness trial of automated virtual type 2 diabetes self-management education: Diabetes Engagement and Activation Platform. Annals of Family Medicine.
  • Kliewer, W., Robins, J., & Borre, A. (2019). Community violence exposure, sleep disruption, and insulin resistance in low-income urban adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 437-442.
  • Chandler, S., Robins, J., & Kinser, P. (2019, In Press). Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for the Self-Management of Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease: A Comprehensive Review. Behavioural Neurology.
  • Emery, K., Robins, J., Salyer, J & Thurby-Hay, L. (2019). Self and Family Management in Type 2 Diabetes: Influencing Factors and Outcomes. Nursing Science Quarterly, 32, 189-197. doi.org/10.1177/089431845399
  • Robins, J. (2019). Should we meditate while we wait. Journal of Women’s Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1089/jwh.2018.7576
  • Robins, J., & Kliewer, W. (2019). Stress and coping profiles and cardiometabolic risk in low-income African American women. Journal of Women’s Health, 28, 636-645.
  • Harris, A., Braun, S., Robins, J. & Kinser, P., (2018,). Why and how to manage stress with mindfulness. Imprint, 65(2), 42-45.
  • Kiken, L.G., Shook, N.J., Robins, J., & Clore, J.N. (2018). Association between mindfulness and interoceptive accuracy in patients with diabetes: Preliminary evidence from blood glucose estimates. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 36, 90-92.
  • Kliewer, W. & Robins, J. (2017). Cumulative risk and physiologic stress responses in African American adolescents. Biological Research for Nursing, DOI: 10.1177/1099800417702742
  • Kinser, P., Robins, J., & Masho, S. (2016). Self-administered mind-body practices for reducing health disparities: An interprofessional opinion and call to action. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2156969
  • Ameringer, S., Elswick, R. K., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., Walter, J., & Jallo, N.(In press). Psychometric Evaluation of the PROMIS Fatigue-Short Form across Diverse Populations. Nursing Research
  • Baugh N, McCain NL, Aboueissa AM, Driscoll C, Evans RK & Robin, JL. (2015) The relationship of eating behaviors, hunger control, and physical activity to weight loss and quality of life in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding patients. Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control 3(5) 00067. DOI: 10.15406/aowmc.2015.03.00067 


  • Lovell, C., Wilson McKay, S., Robins, J., Elswick, R.K., Salyer, J. (2019). The Art of Nursing: Inter-professional Education (IPE) to Enhance Clinical Reasoning Competencies in Nursing Students. Nursing Education Research Conference.
  • Smith, W., Burke, J.E., Hosig, K., Miller, K., Plunk, A., & Robins, J. (2019). Socio-behavioral research: Challenges and Opportunities. The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Central Virginia Chapter Meeting.
  • Fish-Huson, C., Robins, J., Staykova, M., Thacker, L., & Menzies, V. (2019).  Perceived stress, salivary cortisol, and depression in adults diagnosed with postconcussion syndrome. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), International Neuroscience
    Nursing Research Symposium (PhD student poster presentation).
  • Robins, J. (2019). Awakening with Qigong and Reiki. University of Arizona Integrative Nurse
    Faculty Fellowship Intensive.
  • Robins, J. (2019). Engaging “Everyone” in the Community. Virginia Clinical Research Conference: Engagement 2019 
  • Robins, J. (2019). Self-Care for Nurses: Easier and More Fun than You Think. Odyssey Conference: Educating the Acute and Critical Care Nurse
  • Robins, J., Krist, A., Taylor, L., Hochheimer, C., Day, T., Sabo, R., Kashiri, P.L., Rozman, J., Kolenda, M., Lutz, S. & Tong, S. (2018). Engaging Patients in Self-Management: A Randomized Controlled Trial of The Diabetes Engagement and Activation Platform
  • Robins, J. (2018). Integrative Women’s Health: Putting It All Together for Optimal Health. VCU Institute of Women’s Health, Women’s Health Congress.
  • Krist, A., Taylor, L., Robins, J., Hochheimer, C., Day, T., Sabo, R., Kashiri, P.L., Rozman, J., Kolenda, M., Lutz, S. & Tong, S. (2018). Virtual Education to Engage Patients in Care with Uncontrolled Diabetes-A Randomized Controlled Trial. North American Primary Care Research Group.
  • Krist, A., Taylor, L., Lutz, S., Robins, J., Kashiri, P.L., Rozman, J., Day, T., Sabo, R., Hochheimer, C., & Longo, D. (2018). Design and Interest in Virtual Diabetic Education from Patients and Providers. Practice Based Research Network.
  • Robins, J. (2017) Lessons Learned from Null Findings, Making Lemons into Lemonade: Defining Risk: Null Findings on Allostatic Load Scores. Southern Nurses Research Society Symposium
  • Robins, J. (2016). The Effects of Tai Chi on Cardiovascular Risk in Women. American Journal of Health Promotion Author Webinar Series
  • Robins, J. (2016). Cumulative Risk, Cardiometabolic Risk and Global DNA Methylation in Underserved African American Adolescents. Southern Nurses Research Society
  • Robins, J. (2016). Self-Care for Advanced Practice Nurses. Virginia Healthcare Foundation (2016)
  • Ghodrat, S. & Robins, J.(2015). Exploring the association between mindfulness and biobehavioral factors associated with cardiovascular disease risk in women. Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
  • Robins, J. & Kliewer, W. (2015). Ethical Community Based Recruitment. Virginia Commonwealth University Community Engagement Institute.
  • Robins, J. (2015). Too Mind-full to be Mindful: Biobehavioral Effects of Mind-Body Therapies. Inaugural Keynote. Dean’s Lectureship, North Carolina A&T University School of Nursing.
  • Messner, M., Guidry, J., Zhang, Y., Longo, D. R., Robins, J., & Sabo, R. T. (2015, April). Diabetes on Facebook: A case study of the social media engagement of the American Diabetes Association with its publics. Accepted for presentation to the 3rd Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference.
  • Kliewer, W., Robins, J. & Borre, A. (2015). Family Correlates of Cardiometabolic Risk in Low-income, Urban African American Youth. Paper presented as part of the symposium entitled “More than Cortisol: Integrating Multiple Physiological Measures to Better Understand Child Development in Stressful Contexts” (Chair: John Loughlin-Presnal). Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference.
  • Kliewer, W. & Robins, J. (2015). Cumulative Risk and Physiological Stress Responses in Urban Youth. (Poster Presentation). Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference.
  • Robins, J. & Sturgill, J. (2015). Tai chi Downregulates Proinflammatory Cytokines in Women with Increased Cardiometabolic Risk. (Poster Presentation). American Heart Association Epidemiology & Lifestyles Annual Conference.
  • Baugh N, McCain NL, Aboueissa AM, Driscoll C, Evans RK & Robin, JL. (2015) The relationship of eating behaviors, hunger control, and physical activity to weight loss and quality of life in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding patients. Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control 3(5) 00067. DOI: 10.15406/aowmc.2015.03.00067 
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