Michelle Robbins

Dr. Michelle M. Robbins

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Dr. Robbins is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the GGC faculty in August, 2009. Raised in Massachusetts, her love of learning has taken her on a varied life path both geographically and intellectually. She obtained her B.A. from Vassar College in New York in 1992 with a double major in psychology and English, where she studied preschoolers' development of theory of mind and explored the journey of Britomart's search for true love in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. After working for a cognitive psychologist in the business world and volunteering on a parental crisis hotline in California, Robbins moved to Georgia to attend graduate school at Emory University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2003. As part of her training, she completed a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), specializing in early childhood trauma. She moved across country for the fourth time when she became assistant professor in the Psychiatry Department at Emory, where she provided psychological services and conducted research with HIV-positive children, youth and families, and supervised trainees.

Robbins is a developmental psychopathologist examining typical and atypical development, whose interests focus on emotional and interpersonal functioning, with a particular emphasis on parenting, early childhood, trauma, and intergenerational transmission of risk (e.g., maternal depression) and resilience (e.g., attachment). Robbins has held a longstanding passion for teaching, which combines with her clinical and research interests in one word: relationships. Her teaching philosophy is based on the belief that student learning, like clinical change, occurs best when student-teacher relationships are strong. So, Robbins seeks to cultivate relationships with her students that enhance their learning and their commitment to their educational and personal growth.


  • Doctorate – clinical psychology – Emory University

Academic Interests

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Emotional and interpersonal functioning
  • Attachment
  • Trauma


  • Golden Quill Award (2010)
  • APA Dissertation Research Award (2002)