WESLEYAN YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD
After graduating from Wesleyan, summa cum laude, with a major in psychology and double minors in interpersonal communication and women’s studies, Robyn earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon in 2012. Today Robyn is a licensed clinical psychologist, trauma researcher, and a tenure-track assistant professor of community health in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s department of Kinesiology and Community Health. She has served internships and fellowships at Harvard Medical School, Boston University, the University of California San Diego, and Brown University among others.
At Wesleyan, Robyn served as president and vice president of Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, and in 2006, received the psychology department’s Excellence in Psychology award. A fellow of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, she has been an advocate for diversity within the field of psychology through her involvement in national organizations. She has extensive research and clinical training in interpersonal trauma, women’s mental health, and Veteran’s issues. Robyn has shared her experience as a woman of color in higher education in newsletters and health education radio interviews, been involved in planning a diversity-training workshop for therapists, co-written grants to support diversity training and research, and helped organize events on campuses across the country to foster a sense of community among graduate students of color. During Alumnae Weekend 2016, Robyn spoke to Wesleyan psychology students about her career journey.
Robyn is committed to using research to educate the public and inform federal policy. She has received psychology advocacy training and participated in advocacy on Capitol Hill, educating Congress about key issues impacting psychology as a healthcare profession. She hopes her service and advocacy will enhance diversity within the field and promote social justice and well- being in marginalized communities.
A widely-published and highly-sought-after speaker, Robyn also provides daily inspiration and encouragement to more than four thousand social media followers. She has held leadership positions in the Association of Black Psychologists, APA’s Society for the Psychology of Black Women, APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and the National Black Graduate Student Association. “Overall, my brand is about helping women and girls transform themselves from the inside out. I integrate by multiple, overlapping identities as an African American woman, fashion lover, trauma researcher, professor, and clinician to inspire others to reach their fullest potential.”
Robyn developed a smart phone app called TransformU Quotes and Reflections to assist people who want to elevate their lives to the next level. Through the use of inspirational quotes, reflections, and behavioral challenges, app users are invited to create the lives they want by changing their mindset and making small changes that get them closer to living their best lives.
Recently chosen to participate in the Limited store’s national campaign featuring women leaders, The Limited’s Leading Looks Like Campaign, Robyn said her mission is to stress that “Fashion can help with (personal) transformation and serve as a vehicle for reflecting your inner light…it also sends a powerful message about who you are… Your style can play a huge role in helping you to project an image that truly reflects your brand.”
For her passion to inspire people around the world to transform themselves inside and out; for her effort to challenge others to dream big and live boldly; and for empowering women to face their fears, the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association proudly presents the Young Alumna Award to Dr. Robyn L. Gobin, Class of 2006.