Mona Robbins, PhD, ABPP is an Associate Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. She is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology and provides care at the UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC). Dr. Robbins' expertise is based in an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Howard University and a doctoral degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her additional post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Children’s Health at Dallas has aided in her developmental understanding of psychological factors that impact medical condition management.

As the Psycho-Oncology Programming Lead, Dr. Robbins is involved in program development and enhancing access of psychological interventions for oncology patients. In her role, she heads the SCCC psycho-oncology efforts for clinical service and trainee development. Health and behavior evaluations, psychotherapy interventions, and treatment planning are provided with a focus on dynamics that influence health promotion such as:

  • Adherence to Medical Regimen
  • Body Image & Self-Esteem
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Cognitive Effects from Chemotherapy
  • End-of-Life Care & Spiritual Resolve
  • Emotional Impact of Diagnosis & Management
  • Financial Burden & Hardship
  • Pain & Stress Management
  • Quality of Life Enhancement
  • Sociocultural Influences


Medical College of Georgia (2013), Clinical Psychology
Graduate School
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013), Clinical Psychology
Children's Health Dallas (2014), Pediatric Psychology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Imposter syndrome: The fight to accept your own success
Knox-Rice, T. K., McDonald, W., & Robbins, M. A. Independent Practitioner 2021 Winter 41 1 9-12
Seeking support and knowing what to ask
Robbins, M. A., Knox-Rice, T. K., & Ray, K. Independent Practitioner 2021 Fall 41 4 9-13
Lifelong learning: Maintaining competence beyond formal education
Knox-Rice, T. K. ,Wadsworth, H. E., & Robbins, M. A. Independent Practitioner 2021 Summer 41 3 17-20
Compassion fatigue and burnout: Providing care during a "new normal"
Robbins, M. A., Gazor, A., & Knox-Rice, T. K. Independent Practitioner 2021 Spring 41 2 8-11
When change is the only constant: Managing transitions in times of uncertainty.
Robbins, M. A., Kroll, J., & Knox-Rice, T. K. Independent Practitioner 2020 Fall 40 4 24-27
Staycation: How to vacation during the era of COVID-19.
Knox-Rice, T. K., Zullo, L., & Robbins, M. A. Independent Practitioner 2020 Summer 40 3 17-21
Psychological symptom screening in an adult sickle cell disease clinic and predictors of treatment follow up.
Robbins MA, Carroll CP, North CS, Psychol Health Med 2020 Mar 1-9
Walking the talk: The challenge of practicing what we preach in the profession.
Robbins, M. A., Alvi, T., & Knox-Rice, T. K. Independent Practitioner 2020 Spring 40 2 9-13


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Beyond the Therapy Dyad: The Importance of Systems and Culture. In Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction

Robbins, M. A. & Howe-Martin, L. S. (2020). Philadelphia, PA, Wolters Kluwer

Honors & Awards

  • Arnie Miller Memorial Achievement Award for Clinical and Community Practice
  • Diversifying Faculty Initiative Fellow (DFI), Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Gates Millennium Scholar
  • National Association of Black Psychologists Service Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
  • Dallas Psychological Association (DPA)
  • Texas Psychological Association (TPA)