Robin Dochen Atwood
Research Assistant Professor
Office & Hours
Office: BEL 718
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Bvld.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700
Robin Atwood is a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. She received her doctorate from UT- Austin in Health Education/Health Promotion with a certificate in Gerontology. Her applied research has focused on numerous health and wellness areas including: health care reform, obesity and diabetes prevention, worksite wellness, nutrition education and evaluation, maternal and child health, and HIV prevention and care. Robin’s work focuses on building employee, organizational and stakeholder capacity informed by current research, complexity science and neuroscience. She also provides program development and evaluation expertise for stakeholders at the federal, state and local level. Robin is certified as a Project Management Professional and loves creating and working with high energy, talented teams while managing and coordinating projects that positively impact public health.
B.S. University of Texas, Austin
MS, University of Arizona, Tucson: Exercise Physiology
Ed.D. University of Texas, Austin: Health Education; Gerontology Certificate
Kessler, SA, Horton KD, Gottlieb, NH, Atwood RD. Workplace Learning for the Public Good: Implementation of a Standardized, Competency-Based Curriculum in Texas WIC. Journal of Workplace Learning 24 (4), 270 – 285.
Bartholomew, JB, Miller, BM, PhD, Ciccolo, JT, Atwood, RD, Gottlieb, NH. (2008). Walk Texas! 5-A-Day Intervention for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clients: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Journal of Community Health 33 (5), 297-303.
Current Research Projects and Grants
HIV Prevention and Services Capacity Building, Texas Department of State Health Services (2011-current)
WIC Worksite Wellness Development and Evaluation, Women, Infants and Children Program, Texas Department of State Health Services (2002-2011)
WIC Nutrition Education and Evaluation, Women, Infants and Children Program, Texas Department of State Health Services (2007 – 2011)
Obesity State Strategic Plan Evaluation and Community Intervention Implementation and Evaluation, Texas Department of State Health Services (2003 – 2008)
Walk Texas! Program, Diabetes Program, Texas Department of State Health Services (1996-2005)
School Worksite Wellness Program to Promote Physical Activity and 5 a Day, Texas Department Health (2002-2003)
Research Interests and Expertise
Dr. Atwood has spent over 15 years working on applied research projects focused on physical activity, obesity, worksite wellness, nutrition education evaluation, diabetes, and HIV prevention and care. She has worked with a number of programs at the Texas Department of State Health Services including the Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC), Obesity, Diabetes and HIV Prevention and Care. Dr. Atwood’s contracts focus on providing content and evaluation expertise, capacity building and program development for stakeholders at the federal, state and local level. She is currently working on issues surrounding changes in health care delivery systems impacted by health care reform and capacity building utilizing complexity science, generative leadership and an appreciative approach.
Boards, Committees and Associations
- Austin Mayor's Fitness Council, Austin, Texas