Biography

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 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

Education

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

Publications

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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
Why discussions about cultural competence make us uncomfortable.
Robbins, M. A., Howe-Martin. L. S., & Knox-Rice, T. K. Independent Practitioner 2019 Fall 39 4 19-23
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
Burnout among EMS professionals: Incidence, assessment and management
Rosenberger, R., Fowler, R. L., Robbins, M., & Gardner, A. JEMS 2019
Will I ever be culturally competent? How to infuse and utilize diversity in daily practice.
Howe-Martin. L. S., Robbins, M. A., & Knox-Rice, T. K. Texas Psychologist 2018 77 4 20-22

Books

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

Robbins, M. A. & Howe-Martin, L. S. (in press). 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
  • 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)