Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Associate Nurse Executive/Research and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Diego State University School of Nursing. After nearly 20 years of teaching psychiatric nursing, she completed a two-year VA Post-Doctoral Nurse Fellowship at the VA San Diego healthcare System. Starting in 2001 she has pioneered a program of research on health-related outcomes of the Mantram Repetition Program (MRP), a spiritually-integrated intervention for the symptom management.
Dr. Bormann's research includes Veterans with chronic illness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family caregivers of Veterans with dementia, adults with HIV, childbearing women in labor, and healthcare employees. Her research has provided growing evidence that the Mantram Repetition Program is a "portable stress buster" easily integrated into one's life to calm the body and mind. Funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Nursing Research Initiative, and VA Clinical Services Research & Development (CSR&D) has contributed to the development of MRP as a viable non-pharmacological option for treatment and enabled the promotion of complementary and integrative therapies into the Veterans Healthcare System.