Julia Rowland


Julia H. Rowland, PhD, is a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families, published broadly in psycho-oncology and co-edited, with Jimmie Holland, the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where she went on to hold joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology. Across her career, she was privileged to champion a number of firsts. She helped develop and was the first Director of MSKCC’s Post-Treatment Resource Program, an innovative, non-medical resource for patients and their families beyond active treatment. She was the founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. She was also the first full-time Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. Currently, she serves as Senior Strategic Advisor to Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a D.C. – based non-profit that provides integrative services to cancer survivors and their families and promotes use of the arts as a vital healing modality.