Robyn L. Gobin, PhD, Named 2016 Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award Winner


gobin_robynAt the National Register’s spring meeting, the Board of Directors voted to present the 2016 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award to Robyn L. Gobin, PhD.

The award is named after Judy E. Hall, PhD, the Executive Officer of the National Register from 1990 to 2013. The award recognizes excellence in a National Register credentialed psychologist with fewer than ten years of postdoctoral experience, and the associated $2,500 stipend supports a project that advances the mission, vision, and values of the National Register.

Upon receipt of the award, Dr. Gobin said, “I am greatly humbled and honored to be one of the 2016 recipients of the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award. It is a pleasure to have a career that allows me to integrate my passion for scholarship and service. As a trauma psychologist, I get the privilege of walking alongside courageous survivors during their recovery. I take great pride in conducting research that will enhance our understanding of the effects of trauma and elucidate the most effective ways to alleviate suffering among victimized populations. Veterans are a special group of humans who have so selflessly sacrificed to ensure our American freedom and values are protected. I consider it an honor to do research that I hope will contribute to reduced stigma and improved mental health and wellness among Veterans. I am grateful to the National Register for its support of research that will benefit such a deserving group of individuals.”

Dr. Gobin plans to use the $2,500 award stipend to evaluate the efficacy of ACT in reducing public stigma toward veterans seeking mental health care and determine whether results differ by baseline levels of psychological flexibility and avoidance coping.

Veterans, Gobin noted, have disproportionately high rates of mental health problems relative to the general population, but many do not seek services due to perceived stigma associated with mental illness. ACT may assist such veterans in acknowledging problems and seeking psychological assistance.

Dr. Gobin earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2012. She completed my predoctoral internship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System, where she received intensive training in several empirically-based interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). For the past 10 years she has dedicated herself to understanding the impact of interpersonal violence (e.g., child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence) and betrayal on mental health among high-risk underserved populations, most notably women and veterans. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist and first year Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), she continues to focus on testing novel mental health interventions for military veterans.

Dr. Gobin has been credentialed by the National Register since 2016.

This announcement will also be featured in the National Register’s Fall 2016 issue of The Register Report.

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