Robin Dochen Atwood

Robin Dochen Atwood

Research Assistant Professor

Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 718



Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Bvld.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700


Dr. Atwood graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Texas at Austin, earned a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arizona and then returned to the University of Texas to earn an Ed.D. in Health Education. Dr. Atwood spent a number of years working for the YMCA and in worksite wellness prior to returning to academia. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and has two grown daughters.


B.S. University of Texas, Austin

MS, University of Arizona, Tucson: Exercise Physiology

Ed.D. University of Texas, Austin: Health Education; Gerontology Certificate

Representative Publications

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