About

Millicent N. Robinson, MSW, MPH is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA’s Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health. Millicent’s primary research interests include clarifying the psychosocial and physiological mechanisms that distinguish physical and mental health risk among Black communities, with a particular focus on chronic stress, racism, and coping mechanisms.

Millicent’s faculty advisor is Dr. Courtney S. Thomas Tobin. Most recently, Millicent’s work has focused on culturally-relevant forms of coping, such as John Henryism and Superwoman Schema, and how these psychosocial factors impact the physical and mental health of Black communities, particularly women.

Millicent is a Programs Consultant for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH). CCPH is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to promoting health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions, as well as dismantling structural inequalities. The Executive Director of CCPH is Al Richmond.

Millicent is also a student affiliate of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health. The mission of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health is to promote health equity through rigorous research, innovative teaching, and community engagement. The Founding Director of the Center is Dr. Chandra Ford.

Academic Training:


BA, Psychology (with distinction), 2015.

Minor(s): Afro and African American Studies; Spanish for the (Medical) Professions

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


MSW, Community Management and Policy Practice, 2017. 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.


MPH, Maternal and Child Health, 2017.

Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Ph.D. Student, Community Health Sciences, 2018-Present.

Minor: Sociology

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow

Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Training & Fellowships:


Awarded this scholarship for students to engage in self-designed and directed international experiences. My specific research project focused on exploring the historical contributions of the Black Moors to architecture and society. I traveled to Spain, the UK, and France.


Awarded this fellowship as a dual-degree MSW-MPH student. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training and education to prepare dual-degree students for leadership roles in public health social work.


Served as an intern for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program (housed at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research). In this role, I completed thorough qualitative research (one-on-one interviews) and analysis focused on Maternal and Child Health providers’ experiences and perceptions of pressing health concerns for their population of interest. Additionally, I developed an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion matrix based on a literature review of articles and other tools that included resources, activities, and organizations that practice EDI work from an organizational perspective. This internship was completed with the support and guidance of Melissa A. Green and Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith.


MTPCCR’s purpose is to increase ethnic diversity in the field of cancer disparities research by encouraging minority master’s students and master’s level health professionals in public health and social/behavioral sciences to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research.


Competitive Edge is six weeks of full-time, faculty-guided research and mentoring, as well as academic and professional workshops. The program is designed for entering doctoral students in STEM, and social sciences with a strong interest in pursuing a faculty or research position.


The GSRM Program is designed to provide financial support to UCLA doctoral students for them to work closely with a faculty mentor in developing a paper for presentation at an academic conference, and/or for publication. 


This workshop emphasizes training in numerous areas including: 1) publishing in peer review journals, 2) writing grant proposals to the NIH, 3) the tenure process, 4) ethical conduct of research, 5) successful mentoring and collaborative relationships, and, most importantly, 6) how to navigate the academy. The primary objectives are on research skill enhancement, career mentoring, and professional development.