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


Howard University (2005), Psychology
Graduate School
University of Illinois Urbana (2008), Psychology
Graduate School
University of Illinois Urbana (2013), Clinical Psychology

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)