Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Heart disease prevention in women
  • Tai Chi
  • Qigong
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Secretary, Faulty Assembly, VCU School of Nursing
  • Doctoral Program Committee

Fellowship

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2011

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S., Virginia State University, Petersburg
  • A.A.S. , John Tyler Community College, Chester, Va.

Certification

  • Certification, Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Certification, Advanced Holistic Nurse
  • Certification, Healing Touch Practitioner

Selected Publications

Robins JL, Kiken L, Holt M, McCain NL. Mindfulness: an effective coaching tool for improving physical and mental health. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2014 Sep;26(9):511-8. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12086. Epub 2013 Nov 21. PubMed PMID: 24259186; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4029868.

An K, Jallo N, Menzies V, Kinser P, Robins JL, Starkweather A. Integrative Review of Co-Occurring Symptoms Across Etiologies of Chronic Liver Disease and Implications for Symptom Management Research and Practice. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2015 Jul;47(4):310-7. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12146. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 26077958.

Menzies V, Jallo N, Kinser P, Robins JL, An K, Driscoll C, Starkweather A, Bajaj JS, Lyon DE. Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic  liver disease: implications for biobehavioral research. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 Mar;17(2):222-9. doi: 10.1177/1099800414541541. Epub 2014 Jul 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25037448.

An K, Jallo N, Menzies V, Kinser P, Robins JL, Starkweather A. Integrative Review of Co-Occurring Symptoms Across Etiologies of Chronic Liver Disease and Implications for Symptom Management Research and Practice. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2015 Jul;47(4):310-7. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12146. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 26077958.

Robins JL, Elswick RK Jr, Sturgill J, McCain NL. The Effects of Tai Chi on Cardiovascular Risk in Women. Am J Health Promot. 2015 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26305613.

Robins JL, McCain NL, Elswick RK Jr, Walter JM, Gray DP, Tuck I. Psychoneuroimmunology-Based Stress Management during Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Early Breast Cancer. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013. PMID: 23762127; PMCID: PMC3666296

Bouhaidar CM, DeShazo JP, Puri P, Gray P, Robins JL, Salyer J. Text messaging as adjunct to community-based weight management program. Comput Inform Nurs. 2013Oct;31(10):469-76. PMID: 24141325

Robins JL, Kiken L, Holt M, McCain NL. Mindfulness: An effective coaching tool for improving physical and mental health. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2013 Nov 21. PMID: 24259186; PMCID PMC4029868 

Kinser PA, Robins JL. Control group design: Enhancing rigor in research of mind-body therapies for depression. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013140467. PMCID: PMC3638639

Robins JL, Elswick RK, McCain NL. The story of the evolution of a unique tai chi form: origins, philosophy, and research.  J Holist Nurs. 2012 Sep;30(3):134-46. PMID: 22228833

Robins JL, McCain NL, Elswick RK. Exploring the complexity of cardiometabolic risk in women. Biol Res Nurs. 2012 Apr;14(2):160-70. PMID: 21406504

Robins JL, McCain NL, Gray DP, Elswick RK Jr, Walter JM, McDade E. Research on psychoneuroimmunology: tai chi as a stress management approach for individuals with HIV disease. Appl Nurs Res. 2006 Feb;19(1):2-9. PMCID: PMC2211366

McCain NL, Munjas BA, Munro CL, Elswick RK,Jr, Robins JL, Ferreira-Gonzalez A, Baliko B, Kaplowitz LG, Fisher EJ, Garrett CT, Brigle KE, Kendall LC, Lucas V, Cochran KL. Effects of stress management on PNI-based outcomes in persons with HIV disease. Res Nurs Health. 2003 Apr;26(2):102-117. PMCID: PMC2211370