Millicent N. Robinson, PhD, MSW, MPH is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UNC School of Social Work through the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. She earned her PhD in Community Health Sciences from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, where she minored in Sociology. Dr. Robinson is also a “Triple Tar Heel”, having earned her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, her MSW from the UNC School of Social Work, and MPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a certified practitioner of Reiki Therapy, which is an evidence-based practice used to reduce stress and promote healing and well-being.
Dr. Robinson’s program of research investigates the life course biopsychosocial mechanisms that distinguish mental and physical health risk among Black women. To address this, her research agenda integrates theories and perspectives from Social Work, Public Health, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, and Medical Sociology to address four key issues: (1) interconnections between mental and physical health, (2) culturally-relevant forms of coping, (3) ethnic heterogeneity among Black women, and (4) complementary and alternative medicine. Her research has been published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.