John Rolland, M.D.

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Chicago Center for Family Health (affiliate)

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1442
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-372-4737
Fax: 847-256-8802

Education & Training

  • University of Michigan, M.D. 1973
  • Harvard University School of Public Health, M.S., Behavioral Sciences, 1974
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Adult Psychiatry 1974-1977
  • NIMH Fellow, Yale University, Center for Health Studies, Institute for Social & Policy Studies, 1982-1984.
  • Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Adult, General), 1980
  • Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, 1982-1984.

Clinical Interests

  • Family and couples consultation and therapy
  • Families coping and adaptation to chronic physical illness, disability, and loss
  • Collaborative models of family-centered healthcare
  • Psychosocial issues for families facing genomic disorders

Research Interests

  • Families, Behavior, and Health
  • Family adaptation to chronic medical illness and disability
  • Family adaptation to widespread trauma and genocide (Bosnian and Kosovar refugees)


  • Course Director, Family Therapy and Consultation: Systemic Approaches in Clinical Practice. PGY II or III curriculum (1991 – present).
  • Group Supervisor, Family and Couples Consultation and Therapy (PGY II or III Curriculum (1991 – present).
  • Lecturer, Psychiatry 301 & 305 (medical students).  Family Systems in Health and Illness; Adult, Family, and Illness Development; (1992-2007).
  • Director, Chicago Center for Family Health: PGY IV elective: courses and group supervision (1992 �present)
    • Families, Illness, & Disability: Systemic Approaches
    • Family Systems and Health: Clinical Approaches with Special Populations
    • Helping Families with Terminal Illness, Death, and Loss
    • Family Therapy Theory and Practice

Society Memberships

  • Distinguished. Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • President, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), 2007-2009.
  • Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), Family Committee
  • Fellow, American Orthopsychiatric Association (AOA)
  • American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Approved Supervisor
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Past-President Chicago Chapter
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA).  Board member (1998 – 2006).

Recent Awards

  • American Family Therapy Academy.  Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Theory & Practice.  2006
  • American Orthopsychiatric Association.  Blanche F. Ittleson Award. 2008.

Selected Publications

  • Rolland, J.S., Families, Illness and Disability:  An Integrative Treatment Model        New York:  Basic Books, 1994.  (Book of the Month: Behavioral Science Book Service)  (Nominated Book of the Year, American Medical  Writers Association)
  • Miller, S., McDaniel, S., Rolland, J, & Feetham, S. (Eds.).  Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. New York: Norton (2006).
  • Rolland, J.S. Chronic Illness and the Family Life Cycle.  In E. Carter & M. McGoldrick (Eds.), The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives. 4th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2009.
  • Rolland, J.S. & Walsh, F. Family systems theory and practice.  In Gabbard, G. (Ed) The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments in Psychiatry.  Philadelphia: American Psychiatric Press. 2008.
  • Berman, E., Heru, A., Grunebaum, H., Rolland, J., Sargent, J., Weihs, K., Wamboldt, M., & McDaniel, S. (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) Committee on the Family). Family-oriented patient care through the residency training cycle.  Academic Psychiatry, vol 32, no 2, 111-118, 2008.
  • Rolland, J.S. Genetics, family systems, and multicultural influences. Families, Systems & Health, vol 24, no 4, 425-442, 2006.
  • Rolland, J.S. & Walsh, F.  Facilitating family resilience with childhood illness and disability. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 18:527-538, 2006.
  • Rolland, J.S.  Cancer and the family: An integrative model. Cancer, vol 104, S11, 2584-2595, 2005.
  • Rolland, J.S. & Walsh, F.W. Systemic training for healthcare professionals: The Chicago Center for Family Health approach. Family Process, vol 44, no 3, 283-301, 2005.
  • Rolland, J.S. & Williams, J. Toward a biopsychosocial model for 21st century genetics. Family Process, Vol 44, no 1, 3-24, 2005.
  • Rolland, J.S. Helping families with anticipatory loss and terminal illness. In F. Walsh & M. McGoldrick, Eds., Living Beyond Loss, 2nd edition.  New York: Norton, 2004.
  • Rolland, J.S., Mastering Family Challenges in Illness and Disability.  In F. Walsh (Ed.)  Normal Family Processes.  3rd Edition.  New York:  Guilford, 2003.
  • Rolland, J.S.  Managing chronic illness.  In M. Mengel, W. Holleman, & S. Fields (Eds.), Fundamentals of Clinical Practice: A Textbook on the Patient, Doctor and Society, 2nd Edition.  New York: Plenum Publishing.  2002.
  • Rolland, J. Families and parental illness: A conceptual framework.  Journal of Family Therapy. Vol 21, no 3, 242-267, 1999.
  • Rolland, J.S., & Walsh, F., Family Therapy:  Systems Approaches to Assessment and Treatment.  In R.E. Hales, S. Yudofsky, & J. Talbott (Eds.)  American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry.  2nd Edition.  Philadelphia:  American Psychiatric Press.  1994.
  • Rolland, J.S., In sickness and in health:  The impact of illness on couple's relationship.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. vol 20, no 4, 327-349, 1994.

Selected Conferences & Presentations (1999-2009)

  • UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey.  Visiting Professor: Department of Medicine Grand Rounds: Families, Chronic Illness, & Disability: A Biopsychosocial Treatment Model. 2009
  • International Congress: Families and Crisis: Intervention Models in XXI Century.  Castellon, Spain.  Keynote: Families, Chronic Illness, & Disability: A Prevention & Intervention Model. 2008
  • Taiwan United Mental Health Conference. Taipei. Keynote: Families and Illness: Tapping the Power of Belief Systems. 2008
  • The St Andrew’s Symposium. Adelaide, Australia. Strengthening Family Resilience. Keynote: Families, Illness, & Disability: An Integrative Approach. 2007
  • Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association. San Diego. Course Title: Families Coping with Medical Illness: A Treatment Approach for Psychiatry.  Annually, 1994 – 2008.
  • Mercer University School of Medicine in conjunction with American Association of Chairs of Departments of   Psychiatry Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Psychiatry. Title: Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics. 2007
  • 13th Annual National Research Council & Picker Symposium on Patient-Centered Care. Chicago. Plenary: A     conversation on the relevance and impact of healing. 2007
  • Swedish Medical Center Cancer Institute, 6th Annual PsychoOncology Symposium. Seattle. Keynote. Strengthening Family Resilience in Medical Crisis. 2007
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 64th Annual Meeting. Austin.  Plenary Address: Humanizing Healthcare: Family therapy in the Genomic Age.  2006
  • Psychiatry in Progress – Symfora Group.  Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Two day presentation. Title: Families and Later-Life: Living well with Illness, Loss and End-of-Life.  2006
  • International Conference on Family Therapy (co-sponsored by American Family Therapy Academy & International Family Therapy Association). Washington, DC. Presentation: The New Genetics: New Frontier for Family and Couple Therapy. 2005
  • The Tavistock Centre and Portman NHS Trust Conference: Working with Physical Illness: Using Systemic Approaches.  London. Keynote: Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics. 2005
  • International Congress. Resilience: Thriving Despite Adversity.  Zurich, Switzerland.  Keynote: Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Approach. 2005
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati Medical School.  Two day presentation.  Title: Families Facing Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness: An Integrative Treatment Approach. 2004
  • The Institute of Family Therapy.  London, England.  Two day presentation.  Title: Illness and Disability: A Collaborative Family Systems Approach. 2003
  • Annual Meeting International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Chicago. Presentation. Title: International Trauma Training of Primary Care Providers
  • 1st Biennial Survivorship Conference, co-sponsored by National Cancer Institute and Behavioral Research Center of the American Cancer Society. Washington, DC. Cancer Survivorship: Resilience across the Lifespan.  Plenary Address: Cancer and the Family: An Integrative Model.  2002.
  • McGill University Health Center.  Montreal. One Day Keynote.  Title: Families, Illness, & Disability: An Integrative Approach. 2002.
  • American Kidney Fund Annual Meeting.  Keynote. Title: Families and Kidney Disease: An Integrative Approach. 2002
  • Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  San Antonio, Texas. Symposium:  The Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative. 2001
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds.  Title: Families and Life-Threatening Illness: An Integrative Treatment Model. 2001.
  • 4th Annual Collaborative Family Healthcare Conference. Washington, D.C.  Plenary.  Title: Families, Illness, & Disability: Meeting the Challenges. 2000
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany. 2000
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Louvain, Belgium. 2000
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Departments of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psychotherapeutic Medicine, University of Aachen, Germany. 2000.
  • 7th International Congress on Family Therapy. Jerusalem, Israel.  Plenary.  Title: Families, Illness, & Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model. 1999.
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, (20 hour course) University of Salamanca, Spain.  (Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology).  Course Title: Families and Health. 1999.
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Conference, Co-sponsored by National Institute of Health. Bethesda, MD.  Plenary. Title: Beliefs and Collaboration in Illness: Changing Landscapes over Time. 1999.
  • 4th Annual Scientific Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Cancer Center.  Keynote: Frontiers in Cancer Care: Family Systems and Life-Threatening Illness. 1999.

Other Activities

  • Editorial Boards: Family Process; Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; Families, Systems, and Health; AIDS Education and Prevention; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry;
  • Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative (KFPEC).  Co-Founder. 2000.
  • Council on Contemporary Families.  Charter member (1998-present)
  • Physicians for a National Healthcare Program (PNHP).
  • NRC-Picker Patient-Centered Care Institute.  Expert Faculty
  • Center for Compassion in Medical Care.  North Shore University Health Systems. Advisory Board.  Schwartz Rounds Discussant (2001-2008).