Dr. Mona Robbins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Licensed Psychologist for the UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC). Her 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 Medical Center of Dallas has aided in her developmental understanding of psychological factors that impact medical condition management.

As 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

Sickle Cell Disease, More Than Just Pain: The Mediating Role of Psychological Symptoms.
Robbins MA, McGill LS, Holloway BM, Bediako SM, South. Med. J. 2019 05 112 5 253-258
"Holler, run, be loud:" strategies for promoting child physical activity in a low-income, African American neighborhood.
Jarrett RL, Bahar OS, Taylor MA, J Fam Psychol 2011 Dec 25 6 825-36

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
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
  • Dallas Psychological Association (DPA)
  • Society for Health Psychology (SfHP)
  • Texas Psychological Association (TPA)