Institute Scholar Leads Innovative Study on Empathetic Art and Patient Healing

woman standing in front of a mounted painting while smiling at the camera

Institute Scholar, Judy Rollins, RN, PhD, is leading a study to understand how art may create a more empathetic and compassionate environment that helps patients feel seen, heard, and understood. To help answer this question, two artists were asked to create empathetic artistic interpretations of the personal journeys of eight young people living with a serious medical. The resulting paintings and narratives, along with snapshots of the children’s responses have been incorporated into a thoughtful Being Heard exhibit.  Following display at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (January – early March), the exhibit is currently on display at the Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland.