Dr. Julia H. Rowland
Dr. Julia H. Rowland is a long-time clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of psycho-social aspects of cancer. Dr. Rowland’s work and research has deepened our understanding of the needs and experiences of pediatric and adult cancer survivors. She has published broadly in psycho-oncology, including co-editing with the late Dr. Jimmie Holland the Handbook of Psychooncology.
Dr. Rowland received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psycho-social oncology. In 1990, she became the founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center.
Nine years later, Dr. Rowland was recruited to the National Cancer Institute to become the first, full-time Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship. During her tenure, Dr. Rowland created governmental and non-profit partnerships to increase public awareness and advance research funding to improve the healthspan and post-treatment care for the growing population of cancer survivors and their families.
Since retiring in September 2017, Dr. Rowland has assumed the role of Senior Strategic Advisor to the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a non-profit that provides integrative care services to cancer patients and their families in Washington, DC. In this role, she hopes to bring the growing evidence-base for best practices in quality survivorship care to the broader community.
The WI Cancer Council is thrilled to welcome Dr. Julia H. Rowland as our 2019 WI Cancer Summit keynote speaker.