Dr. Robyn Gobin, Ph.D.
Dr. Gobin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She specializes in Interpersonal Trauma and Women’s Mental Health.
A Typical Day in Her Life as a Clinician-Researcher:
As a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor, I have a career that features opportunities for research, teaching, mentoring/supervision, and clinical practice. Tuesday and Thursday are teaching, mentoring, and office hour days. Within the UIUC Department of Community Health, I teach an undergraduate-level course that addresses the cultural context of trauma exposure and trauma recovery. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are research and grant writing days. As the director of the Transforming Trauma and Mental Health Laboratory, I guide a talented group of students in securing grant funding and conducting research focused on the mental health consequences of interpersonal trauma, the role of culture in trauma recovery, and the use of technology to promote mental health and increase treatment engagement among vulnerable trauma-exposed populations. I spend Wednesday afternoons and evenings engaged in clinical practice with individuals, groups, and couples. In my clinical practice, I utilize empirically supported interventions and mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies to promote trauma recovery.
How the Fellowship Helped Dr. Gobin’s Career:
The Women’s Health Fellowship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System was instrumental in equipping me with grant-writing experiences and teaching opportunities that made me a more attractive candidate on the job market. I was co-PI on a Clinical Research Pilot Grant from the University of San Diego California (UCSD) Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Our team was funded to test the initial efficacy of a group-based skills training intervention aimed at enhancing PTSD treatment outcomes among military sexual trauma survivors. In addition to this valuable grant-related experience, as a Women’s Health Fellow, I had the opportunity to provide workshops and trainings to VA physicians, mental health clinicians, and social workers related to military sexual trauma, implementing dialectical behavioral therapy, and culturally competent sexual health assessments. These training experiences demonstrated my funding potential and my ability to translate research and clinical experiences to the classroom context.