MEET OUR TEAM

Director 

Dr. Robyn L. Gobin joined the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign faculty in 2015. Dr. Gobin received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed a APA-accredited internship at the Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Following her PhD, she completed a NIH funded T-32 research fellowship in Treatment Research at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Gobin concluded her postdoctoral training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System where she completed a 2-year Women's Health Research Fellowship specializing in interpersonal trauma and military sexual trauma. Dr. Gobin is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in sexual trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 

Dr. Gobin's research aims to alleviate mental health issues in the aftermath of interpersonal trauma (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, physical abuse). Her research agenda includes:

1) investigating the impact of interpersonal trauma on mental health and behavior; 2) developing and examining interventions to treat the deleterious consequences of interpersonal trauma; and 3) evaluating interventions to promote mental health and reduce the social stigma attached to mental disorders.
 

Graduate Student 

Cassandra "Cass" Colbert is in her third year of the doctoral program for Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include evaluating sexual assault prevention programs and other program evaluation efforts. Cass is also interested in understanding the needs of trauma survivors and how colleges can best meet those needs. In this lab, she is primarily working on the ACT for Stigma Towards Veterans project.

Graduate Student 

I received my bachelors in Sociology and Community Health at UIUC. I am currently in the 1-year BS-MPH program at UIUC. As a University of Illinois Student, I have worked as a health educator in order to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence on campus, and to advocate for survivors. My most prominent areas of interest in research are that of rape culture and sexual assault prevention and education strategies. I am also focused on health care policy, education and reform, and making primary and preventative health care accessible. I began working in the lab due to my interest in trauma and resiliency, and to expand my knowledge about veterans. My future goals are to use my passion for vulnerable populations in which ever sectors of public health I work in.

Graduate Student 

Dr. Laprise is an alum of the University of Illinois Medical Scholars Program. She completed a PhD in Microbiology and graduated from medical school this past spring. Currently she is part of the inaugural cohort of the new Psychiatry Residency Program at Illinois. She enjoys working with the Veteran population, particularly in the acute inpatient psychiatric setting. Working on the Veterans Decision Making project, she hopes to help gather valuable information about how Veterans determine whether or not to seek mental health services and to improve access to care for this population.

Undergraduate Student Year: Junior 

Department: Psychology and LLS

My research interests pertain to reducing stigma around PTSD and other mental health illnesses. In the lab, I assist in the studies that concentrate on intervention approaches for reducing mental health stigma towards veterans from individuals that have contact with them.

Undergraduate Student Year: Junior

Department: Speech and Hearing Science

I am interested in mental health and the emotional as well as physical aspects of mental health. I am studying speech and hearing science and wish to learn more about mental health and the effects on veterans as well as the surrounding community.

Undergraduate Student Year: Junior

Department: Interdisciplinary Health

I am primarily working on the Veteran’s Decision Making Study in the Mental Health and Trauma Laboratory for Dr. Gobin. I am interested in the impacts online intervention can have on improving mental health of Veterans as well as the population as a whole. My research interests lie in the interdisciplinary aspect of health. I want to explore the connections between the different dimensions of health as well as new opportunities and ideas in health care intervention.

Undergraduate Student Year: Senior

Department: Community Health, Business, Spanish

My academic interests include anything health related, whether it be about health living, new legislature, and public health. I also enjoy learning about global history as well as current events.

I am a senior with a major in Community Health and minors in Spanish and Business.My research interests include veterans and PTSD (obviously) and anything that involves depression and anxiety and possible treatments and coping methods for both disorders.

 

I joined this lab because I was originally a psychology major and have always enjoyed trying to understand and learn more about mental health. Since most of my knowledge always revolved mood disorders, I was really excited to try and expand my awareness and understanding surrounding veterans and PTSD.

 

My future goals will definitely include working in the health care system. I am still deciding whether my ultimate goal will be working in health administration or public health but my overarching goal is to help and reach as many people as I can to improve their health and overall quality of life.

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