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

Associate Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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

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

TEACHING:

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.

RESEARCH:

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.

SERVICE:

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.

EDUCATION

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

AWARDS/HONORS

  • 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

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2013-2014: Co-Principal Investigator. Project HEART: Health and Resiliency in Teens. Funded by the VCU Presidential Research Incentive Program.
  • 2011-2013: Project Director. Refining A Tai Chi Intervention for Women with Cardiometabolic Risk. Funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, P30 NR011403 (Grap, Principal Investigator), VCU School of Nursing Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Approaches to Symptom Management.
  • 2009-2010: Principal Investigator, Exploring the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Novel Tai Chi Program as a Stress Management Strategy in Women. Funded by the VCU Institute for Women’s Health Community Based Participatory Research Seed Grant, P30NR011403.
  • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Exploring the Trajectory of Cardiometabolic Risk in Women. Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, P20 NR008988 (McCain, Principal Investigator), VCU School of Nursing Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research.
  • 2004-2009: Co-investigator, PNI-based Stress Management In Early Breast Cancer. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, R01 CA114718 (McCain, Principal Investigator).
  • 2000-2005: Co-investigator, Alternative Stress Management Interventions in HIV Disease. Funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, R01 AT00331 (McCain, Principal Investigator).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 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: Preliminiary 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 
  • Lyon, D.L., McCain, N.L., Elswick, R.K., Sturgill, J.L., Ameringer, S., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A. & Grap, M.J. (2014, In press). Biobehavioral examination of fatigue and associated symptoms across populations: Report from a P30 Center of Excellence. Nursing Outlook. (R)
  • Robins, J., Cai, M. & Oh, Y. (2014, In Press). The Impact of Neutrophil Proteinase 3 on
    IGFBP-3 Proteolysis in Obesity. Journal of Internal Medicine. (I)
  • Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., Robins, J. W., An, K., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J. S., & Lyon, D. E. (2013, In press). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing. (R)
  • Bouhadir, C., Deshazo, J.P., Puri, P., Gray, P., Robins, J. & Salyer, J. (2013). Text
    messaging as adjunct to community based weight management program. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 31, 469-476. (R)
  • Robins, J., Kiken, L., Holt, M., & McCain, N.L. (2013). Mindfulness: An effective tool for  improving physical and mental health. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 26, 511-518. PMCID PMC 24259186 (R)
  • Robins, J., McCain, N.L., Elswick, R.K., Walter, J., Gray, D.P. & Tuck, I. (2013). Psychoneuroimmunology-based stress management during adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, 1-7,PMCID PMC3666296 (I)
  • Kinser, P. & Robins, J. (2012).Control group design: Enhancing rigor in research of mind-body therapies for depression. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, 1-10, PMCID PMC3638639 (R)
  • Robins, J., Elswick, R.K., & McCain, N.L. (2012). Evolution of a unique tai chi intervention. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 30, 134-146. Nihms 501888 (R)
  • Robins, J., McCain, N.L., & Elswick, R.K. (2012). Exploring the complexity of cardiometabolic risk in women. Biological Research for Nursing, 14, 160-170. Nihms 501891 (R)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • 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 Cardiometabilic 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 
  • Ameringer, S., Elswick, R.K., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., & Walter, J. (2014). Psychometric Evaluation of the PROMIS Fatigue-Short From across Diverse Populations. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
  • Robins, J., Ameringer, S. & Elswick, R.K. (2014). Psychometric Evaluation of the PROMIS Fatigue-Short From in Women with Cardiometabolic Risk. (Podium Presentation Abstract). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
  • Robins, J., Elswick, R.K. & Sturgill, J.L. (2014). Exploring the Effects of Tai Chi on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women. (Podium Presentation). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
  • Robins, J. (2014). Development of a Novel, Tailored Tai Chi Intervention for Women with Increased Cardiovascular Disease Risk. (Podium Presentation). Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
  • Cai, Q., Robins, J., Oh, Youngman. (2013). Impact of neutrophil proteases and IGFBP-3 proteolysis in obesity-induced insulin resistance. (Poster Presentation). Endocrine Society.
  • Robins, J. (2013).  Learning Mindfulness through Seated and Moving Meditations, Massey Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Community Outreach Series
  • Robins, J. (2012). Transformational Change, Caring for Ourselves: Seated and Moving Meditations (Tai chi/ Qigong). Virginia Association of Free Clinics.
  • Robins, J. (2012), Keynote. Dare to Care for Me. AACN Dare to Care Program.
  • Robins, J., Walter, J.M., McCain, N.L., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Gray, D.P. & Tuck, I. (2011). Unexpected Effects of a Tai Chi Intervention in Early Breast Cancer. (Poster Presentation). Southern Nursing Research Society.
  • McCain, N.L., Robins, J., Walter, J.M., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Gray, D.P., Tuck, I., Bear, H.D., &. Smith, T.J. (2010). PNI-Based Stress Management in Early Breast Cancer. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.
  • Robins, J. (2005-2012). Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong for Nurse Practitioners and Their Patients. American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference.
  • Robins, J. (2008-present).  Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Self-care Strategies for Nurse Leaders. Nursing Leadership Institute.

 

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