Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC, FAMIA, FNAP

Assistant Professor
Robin Austin


Office Phone
Office Address

6-178 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Assistant Professor
Specialty Coordinator, Nursing Informatics Doctor in Nursing Practice Program
Graduate Faculty, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing

DNP, Loyola University Chicago

DC, Northwestern College of Chiropractic

MS, Excelsior College
Major: Nursing Education
Minor: Graduate Certificate in Health Care Informatics

AS, Excelsior College
Major: Nursing

BES, St. Cloud State University
Major: Athletic Training

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Nurse, Minnesota Board of Nursing
Nursing Informatics Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

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Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC, FAMIA, FNAP is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and Graduate faculty in the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Austin’s research capitalizes on her clinical background as a chiropractor and a nurse and integrates it with informatics methods to examine patients’ biopsychosocial, whole-person needs. Through her research and expertise in consumer and clinical informatics, she seeks to empower individuals to better care for themselves, using technology to advance person-centered care and achieve better health and wellbeing. 

Dr. Austin has over 20 years of clinical healthcare experience, specializing in pain management, including complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches. Her research capitalizes on her clinical background as a chiropractor and a nurse and integrates it with informatics methods to examine patients’ biopsychosocial, whole-person needs. Dr. Austin has been the PI or Co-PI of studies examining an application which she co-developed with Dr. Karen Monsen and stakeholder involvement. MyStrengths+MyHealth enables self-report of whole-person health including individuals' strengths and health challenges. 

Honors and Recognition

American Nurses Association (ANA) Individual Innovation Award, Honorable Mention, 2023

Daisy Award - Scholarship in Practice, 2021

Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (FNAP), 2021

Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA), 2020

Professional Memberships

American Medical Informatics Association

American Nursing Informatics Association

American Nurses Association


Selected Publications

Austin, R. R., McLane, T. A., Pieczkiewicz, D. S., Adam, T. A., & Monsen, K.A. (2023). Advantages and disadvantages of using theory-based versus data-driven models with social and behavioral determinants of health data. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Austin, R.R., Rajamani, S., Jantraporn, R., Pirsch, A., Martin, & K.S. (2023). Examining standardized consumer-generated social determinants of health and resilience data supported by Omaha System terminology. Journal of the American Medical Association.

Pirsch, A. M., Austin, R. R., Martin, L., Pieczkiewicz, D., & Monsen, K. A. (2023). Using data visualization to characterize whole-person health of public health nurses. Public Health Nursing, 1-9.

Austin, R. R., Van Laarhoven, E., Hjerpe, A., Huling, J., Mathiason, M., & Monsen, K. A. (2023). Algorithm development to improve intervention effectiveness for parents with mental health signs and symptoms. Public Health Nursing, 40(4), 556–562.
Austin, R. R., Lu, S. C., Jantraporn, R., Park, S., Geiger-Simpson, E., Koithan, M., Kreitzer, M. J., & Delaney, C. W. (2023). Documentation of complementary and integrative health therapies in the electronic health record: A scoping review. Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

Austin R. R., Philbrick A. M., Roth C., & Mays K. A. (2022). Development and implementation of a COVID-19 vaccine and pandemic planning course: An interprofessional education approach. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 29, 100540–100540.

Austin, R. R., Mathiason, M., & Monsen, K. A. (2022). Using data visualization to detect patterns in whole-person health data. Research in Nursing & Health, 45(4), 466–476.

Austin, R. R., Rajamani, S., Jones, R. C., Robinson, K., & Eder, M. (2022). A community-based participatory intervention using data to shift the community narrative from deficits to strengths. American Journal of Public Health, 112(S3), S275–S278.

Austin, R. R., Jones, R. C., Dominguez, A., Hawkins, D., Ondara, C., Haynes, D., Monsen, K. A., & Eder, M. (2022). Shifting the opioid conversation from stigma to strengths: Opportunities for community-academic partnerships. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 9(1), Article 2.

Austin, R. R., Mathiason, M. A., Lindquist, R. A., McMahon, S. K., Pieczkiewicz, D. S., & Monsen, K. A. (2021). Understanding women’s cardiovascular health using MyStrengths+MyHealth: A patient-generated data visualization study of strengths, challenges, and needs differences. Journal of Nursing Scholarship53(5), 634–642.


Selected Presentations

Austin, R. R., Jantraporn, R., Marquard, J., Michalowski, M. "Designing Usable Technologies for Older Adults via Data-Driven Whole-person User Personas," AI+Tech and Aging (A2) National Symposium Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories (AITC), Bethesda, Maryland (March, 2023).

Austin, R. R., & Rajamani, S. "Toward Clinical Adoption of Standardized mHealth Solutions," Health in the Digital Era Conference, Virtual. (March 2023).

Delaney, C. W., Shaw, H., Morais, E., Park, H., Austin, R. R., Segclini, S., Yas, M., Kunkel, D., Beyan, E., Rajamani, S., Martin, C., Michalowski, M., & Marquard, J. "Innovative Approaches to Informatics and Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health," Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Virtual. (March 2023). 
Austin, R. R. "Social and Behavioral Determinants and the Omaha System: Examining Implications and Use of Social Determinants of Health Data Workshop," AMIA Annual Symposium, Washington DC. (November, 2022). 

Austin, R. R. "Social Determinants of Health and the Omaha System," Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Virginia Saba Tribute, Virtual. (October, 2021).

Austin, R.R. "Leveraging Consumer-Generated Health Data to Examine Whole-Person Health: A Community-Led Initiative," Jockey Club Smart Health and Well-Being Project eHealth Seminar: Hong Kong Society of Rehabilitation, Virtual. (September, 2022).

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Exploring Consumer-Generated Health Data Using MyStrengths+MyHealth for Adults with Cognition Challenges
Principle Investigator: Austin, Robin
Sponsoring Organization: Minnesota's Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) Research Computing Seed Grant 
Award Dates: 2023 - 2024

Award: Examining Whole-Person Health and Resilience of Aging Women in the United States and Turkey
Principle Investigator: Austin, Robin
Sponsoring Organizations: Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)/Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) and Global Health and Social Responsibility Global Health Seed Grant
Award Dates: 2023 - 2025

Award: Designing Usable Technologies for Older Adults via Data-Driven Whole-Person User Personas
Principal Investigators: Austin, Robin
Sponsoring Organization: University of Pennsylvania, The Penn Artificial Intelligence and Technology (PennAITech) Collaboratory
Award Dates: 2022 - 2024

Award: Partners for Pain & Wellbeing Equity: A Randomized Trial of Community Supported Complementary and Integrative Health Self-Management for Back Pain
Principal Investigators: Evans, Roni & Leininger, Brent
Sponsoring Organization: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Institution 
Award Dates: 2022 – 2027

Award: Training in Informatics for Underrepresented Minority Students in PH (TRIUMPH) Consortium
Principal Investigator: Rajamani, Sripriya & Wurtz, Rebecca
Sponsoring Organization: DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Award Dates: 2021 - 2025


Research Summary

  • Nursing informatics
  • Person-centered and mHealth technologies
  • Knowledge representation and terminologies