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John S. Rolland is Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago and its affiliate post-graduate family and couples therapy training institute the Chicago Center for Family Health. Previously, he was Founder and Director of the Center for Illness in Families at Yale University. He is widely recognized for his Family Systems Illness model, clinical work, and research with families facing serious physical disorders. His first book, Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model, was nominated for book-of-the-year by the American Medical Writers' Association. He is co-author on a new edited book: Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives.

A member of AFTA since 1986, Dr Rolland served as Treasurer, Board member, and Chair of its Family Policy and Human Rights Committees. In 2000, he co-founded and co-led an international human rights project in Kosovo, the Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative. He was the 2006 recipient of AFTA’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award. He serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals including: Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and AIDS Education and Prevention, and the Board of Directors of Families, Systems, & Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family Health Care. Dr. Rolland is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former Fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

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