Richard Robinson, Ph.D., serves as Director of Clinical Training for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and its affiliated internship program. He specializes in working with individuals with chronic physical problems, including musculoskeletal pain and migraines. Dr. Robinson earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at UT Southwestern, where he also completed a research fellowship. He received advanced training in behavioral medicine through a fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2001. Dr. Robinson’s research interests include adult attachment, effectiveness of interdisciplinary care, and prescription drug misuse.


Undergraduate School
University of Texas at Austin (1993), Psychology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1998)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1998)
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1998), Psychology
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1999)

Research Interest

  • Adult Attachment
  • Effectiveness Trials of Interdisciplinary Care
  • Prescriptions Drug Misuse


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Long-term effectiveness of a comprehensive pain management program: strengthening the case for interdisciplinary care.
Oslund S, Robinson RC, Clark TC, Garofalo JP, Behnk P, Walker B, Walker KE, Gatchel RJ, Mahaney M, Noe CE Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2009 Jul 22 3 211-4
Examining sympathetic nerve activity with microneurography during hypnosis: untangling the effects of central command.
Robinson RC, Crasilneck H, Garofalo JP, Whitfill T Int J Clin Exp Hypn 2006 Oct 54 4 448-56
Suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts in chronic pain patients: factors associated with increased risk.
Smith MT, Edwards RR, Robinson RC, Dworkin RH Pain 2004 Sep 111 1-2 201-8
Development of a self-report screening instrument for assessing potential opioid medication misuse in chronic pain patients.
Adams LL, Gatchel RJ, Robinson RC, Polatin P, Gajraj N, Deschner M, Noe C J Pain Symptom Manage 2004 May 27 5 440-59
Improvement in postoperative and nonoperative spinal patients on a self-report measure of disability: the Spinal Function Sort (SFS).
Robinson RC, Kishino N, Matheson L, Woods S, Hoffman K, Unterberg J, Pearson C, Adams L, Gatchel RJ J Occup Rehabil 2003 Jun 13 2 107-13
Challenges to early prevention and intervention: personal experiences with adherence.
Pulliam C, Gatchel RJ, Robinson RC Clin J Pain 2003 Mar-Apr 19 2 114-20
Screening for problematic prescription opioid use.
Robinson RC, Gatchel RJ, Polatin P, Deschner M, Noe C, Gajraj N Clin J Pain 2001 Sep 17 3 220-8


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Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher and Mentor
    Division of Psychology (2008)
  • Teacher of the Year
    Division of Psychology (2003-2004)
  • Seay Research Fellowship