Robin R. Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC

Assistant Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative


Office Phone
Fax Number
Office Address

6-178 Weaver-Densford Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Mailing Address

School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Graduate Faculty, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)


PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota 2018

Doctoral Degree, Loyola University Chicago (Nursing Practice Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety and Technology, H-QUEST), 2013

Masters Science in Nursing (MSN), Excelsior College (Nursing Education Certificate in Health Care Informatics), 2010

Bachelors Degree (BES), St. Cloud State University, 1996

Associates Degree, Excelsior College (Nursing – Registered Nurse), 2004;

Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 1999

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Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student Award 2018, University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society
  • Maggie Cox Writers Award 2012, American Association Nursing Informatics (ANIA)



Research Funding Grants

Partners for Pain & Wellbeing Equity: A Randomized Trial of Community Supported Complementary and Integrative Health Self Management for Back Pain (1R61AT012309-01 Evans/Leininger) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health


  • Michalowski, M., Austin, R.R., Mathiason, M., Maganti, S., Schorr, E., & Monsen, K.A. (2018). Relationships among Interventions and Health Literacy Outcomes for Sub-populations: A Data-Driven Approach. KONTACT.
  • Gao, G., Kerr, M., Lindquist, R., Chi, C.L., Mathiason, M., Austin, R.R., & Monsen, K.A.(2018). A strengths-based data capture model: mining data-driven and person-centered health assets, JAMIA Open, ooy015,
  • Austin, R.R., Schulz, C, Monsen, K.A. (2017). An Informatics Approach to Interprofessional Management of Low Back Pain: A Feasibility Study using the Omaha System. Journal Innovations in Health Informatics. 24(3):268–27.
  • Austin, R.R., Hull, S., Westra, B. (2014). Blue button movement: Engaging ourselves and patients. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 32(1). 7-9. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000044
  • Austin, R.R. et al (2013). Engaging consumers in health information technology: A collaborative  event. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 31(3). 105-106. doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e31828c46ec
  • Austin, R.R., Hiniker, J., Westra, B.L. (2012). Engaging consumers through health information technology. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 30(8), 400-401, doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e31826a7d1f

Poster Presentations

  • MN E-Health Summit 2013 – “E-Health Literacy Program for Older Adults”
  • MNRS – “E-Health Literacy for Older Adults: DNP Capstone Project”
  • MN E-Health Summit 2012 -“E-Health Literacy for Older Adults: A Proposed DNP Capstone Project”


  • AHC Institute Health Informatics Grand Rounds 2014 - “The Patient Engagement Movement”
  • Omaha System Users Group September 2014 – “New User for Omaha System – Lessons Learned”
  • Graduate Nursing Course Guest Lecture (MN 5030) 2014 - “Chiropractic Medicine”


Teaching Areas:

  • Consumer Health Informatics 
  • Pre-licensure Nursing

Areas of Interest:

  • Consumer Health Informatics /Patient Engagement 
  • Standardized Terminologies 
  • Integrative Health and Healing


Board Certifications

2010 American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified – Nursing Informatics