December 14, 2021

Workforce wellness: Regenstrief scientist contributes to special journal issue about burnout

Regenstrief Research Scientist Angela Rollins, PhD, was a guest editor for a special section in the September 2021 issue of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. The issue focused on the efforts to understand the wellness of the workforce that provides psychiatric rehabilitation services.

In an introductory article, Dr. Rollins and two other colleagues discussed the key takeaways from the four papers published in the special section. The articles provide empirical data to help understand the root causes of burnout and point to possible solutions. Dr. Rollins was first author on one paper in the special section and a contributing author on a second.

In the introduction, Dr. Rollins and colleagues note that employee burnout has been an important topic in all of healthcare, but it’s become even more urgent during the pandemic. They suggest this research indicates that steps can be taken at various levels of health organizations to promote wellness and resilience.

Dr. Rollins’ research has been particularly focused on burnout, the causes and how to address it. She also studies methods for improving implementation of evidence-based mental health practices for people with severe mental illness.

In addition to her role as a research scientist at Regenstrief, Dr. Rollins is a core investigator and associate director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. She also serves as the research director for the ACT Center of Indiana and an associate research professor of psychology at IUPUI.