Dr. Mona Robbins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a 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 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
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
Evaluation of the psychosocial impact of a Social Interaction Skills Training (SIST) workshop for patients with vitiligo: A pilot study.
Tan A, Schuster LM, Robbins MA, Holavanahalli R, Pandya AG, J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2019 Nov


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)