Staff: Cendrine Robinson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Cendrine Robinson

Cendrine Robinson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Cancer Prevention Fellow
Former Organization:

Cendrine Robinson, Ph.D., M.P.H., was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) from August 2016 to May 2018.

Dr. Robinson's research focuses on using online platforms and mobile technology to promote behavior change and smoking cessation among youth and ethnic minorities.

During her fellowship, Dr. Robinson was interested in increasing teen engagement in NCI's Smokefree.gov mobile health tools and identifying barriers to smoking cessation. She was also interested in examining the influence of tobacco control policies on smoking behavior.

While completing her first year of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship, Dr. Robinson earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Robinson earned a Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Robinson completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the Edward Hines Jr. Veteran Affairs Medical Center. For her dissertation, she conducted a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an intervention aimed at reducing the influence of smoking cues among African American smokers. Dr. Robinson also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester.


"Where are they now?": Following up with past BRP fellows
Updated October 2019

Current Title
Scientific Program Manager
Department of Veteran Affairs

How has your BRP fellowship influenced your career?
I am grateful that I was able to see and learn about the extramural activities in BRP. This exposure prepared me for my current role where I manage a portfolio of behavioral health research.

Describe a favorite memory or two from your fellowship experience.
During my first couple of weeks as a fellow I got to shadow my mentor, Yvonne Hunt (Prutzman), for a briefing at the Hill about the ABCD study.

Describe your current position, your current organization, and what you do.
I am a Scientific Program Manager in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. I am responsible for stimulating research focused on Behavioral Research and Social Reintegration. My portfolio is really broad and includes studies aimed at enabling Veterans with physical or psychological disabling conditions to function more fully in society, embrace social situations, return to school, and find and maintain gainful employment.

Publications from Fellowship Work