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Robin A. Robinson is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Coordinator of the Community Engaged Research Initiative, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. Her research combines psychoanalytic theory and critical and feminist criminologies in the study of trauma, criminality, and social control of women and girls, contemporary and historical. Deeply committed to scholarship and praxis, she has also received many grants in support of research and scholarship in areas such as vicarious trauma and anti-violence workers, girls and violence, mental health in social context, and teen relational violence, to combine theoretical research with extensive community engagement.

Robin is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar at Országos Kriminológia Intézet/National Institute of Criminology of Hungary in Budapest, where she is conducting research on sexual violence in Hungary. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, where she and her colleagues there have just completed the first stage of research that examines vicarious traumatization amongst service providers who work with incarcerated women and girls. Other visiting research appointments have included the Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester School of Law; University of Cambridge; Institute of Criminology; Visiting International Scholar at the University of Uppsala in Sweden; the Mary Lily Research Grant from Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture; and others.



University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

February 2018

Working with women and girls: researching experiences of vicarious traumatisation

This Report presents emergent findings from a Wellcome Trust funded project [Ref: 201651/Z/16/Z] on service providers’ experiences of working with […]

11th October 2021

Women working to support women in the welfare sphere: psychosocial challenges

This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, will investigate the psychosocial wellbeing and personal welfare of women workers in organisations […]

26th October 2016

The effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working in the justice system in Scotland

The project will explores the experiences of service providers working with girls and young women who have experienced trauma and […]


23rd June 2020

Working Under Lockdown

11th May 2015

Visiting Fellow: Robin Robinson