John Rolland


John Rolland, MD, MPH is Executive Co-Director and Co-Founder of CCFH. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. At CCFH, he directs its internationally distinguished Families, Illness, and Collaborative Healthcare Program.

Dr. Rolland received his training in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Yale University, and earned a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the founding Director of the Center for Illness in Families affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine. Widely recognized for his conceptual model, clinical work, and research with families facing serious physical disorders, including neurological conditions, he is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and has published over 70 scholarly papers. His new book is Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability: An Integrated Approach. His other professional books include his landmark volume, Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model; and (co-author)Individuals, Families; The New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives.

He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former Fellow of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University; Past-President of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA); and a Senior Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), serving on its Family Committee. A founding member, he served on the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and he was a recipient of the Don Bloch Award (2018).  His other professional honors include AFTA’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award and the Blanche Ittleson Award for distinguished contribution to the field of mental health from the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Dr. Rolland is an AAMFT approved clinical supervisor and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including: Family Process; Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; Families, Systems, & Health, and AIDS Education and Prevention. He has been active in Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and served as President of the Chicago Chapter. In 2000, he developed and co-led a multi-year international project in Kosovo, the Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative, addressing family-centered mental health training and service delivery needs in the aftermath of trauma, genocide, and loss.

Private Practice Locations: Downtown Chicago, Wilmette
Expertise & Specializations: Chronic illness, families