Biography of Sister Callista Roy

biography of sister callista roySister Callista Roy is best known for her work on the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. She was born on October 14, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles in 1963 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in nursing degree. Sister Callista Roy earned her Master’s degree in Pediatric Nursing  in 1966 and Doctorate in Sociology in 1977 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds honorary doctorate from four other institutions. Her postdoctoral studies in Neuroscience Nursing were at the University of California at San Francisco.

Sister Callista Roy  joined the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s College in 1966, teaching both pediatric and maternitynursing. She organized course content according to a view of person and family as adaptive systems. She introduced her ideas about ‘Adaptation Nursing’ as the basis for an integrated nursing curriculum.  In 1971 she was made chair of the nursing department at the college.

Sister Callista Roy is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing and active in many nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau and the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA).

Roy has numerous publications, including books and journal articles, on nursing theory and other professional topics. These includes:

  • Introduction to Nursing: An Adaptation Model
  • Essentials of the Roy Adaptation Model
  • Theory construction in nursing: An Adaptation Model
  • Roy Adaptation Model: The Definitive Statement


Sister Callista Roy’s works have been interpreted into several languages all over the world.


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