Michael S. Robbins, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.S., 1990
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Psychology

M.S., 1993
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Psychology

Ph.D., 1995
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Clinical Psychology

Dr. Robbins has over 15 years post-doctoral experience conducting clinical research with adolescents with behavior problems, including substance use. He has led several federally-funded research projects, including two large multi-site clinical trials with substance abusing adolescents as well as an innovative process study examining in-session behaviors of therapists across three family therapy models. In addition, he has extensive clinical experience and has overseen the training of hundreds of family therapists.

Current Projects

Building Outcomes with Observation Based Supervision: An FFT Effectiveness Trial

PROJECT PERIOD

09/30/10 - 06/30/16

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Michael Robbins, Holly Waldron

Co-Investigators
Janet Brody, Hyman Hops, Tim Ozechowski, Charles Turner

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Secondary Analysis of Functional Family Therapy in a Child Welfare Organization

PROJECT PERIOD

03/01/13 - 01/31/17

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Charles Turner

Co-Investigators
Michael Robbins, Holly Waldron

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Family and Adolescent Motivational Incentives for Leveraging Youth

PROJECT PERIOD

07/15/12 - 04/30/17

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Michael Robbins

Co-Investigators
Janet Brody, Charles Turner, Holly Waldron

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Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse in Chile

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/10 - 06/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

Fogarty International Center/NIH

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Holly Waldron

Co-Investigators
Hyman Hops, Michael Robbins, Charles Turner

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Brief Strategic Family Therapy versus Treatment as Usual: Extended Follow Up for Drug Using Adolescents

BSFT GO ARRA

PROJECT PERIOD

09/30/09 - 08/31/12

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Michael Robbins

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Publications

Turner, C. W., Robbins, M. S., Rowlands, S., & Weaver, L. R. (2017). Summary of comparison between FFT-CW® and Usual Care sample from Administration for Children's Services. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.005

Robbins, M. S., Alexander, J. F., Turner, C. W., & Hollimon, A. (2016). Evolution of functional family therapy as an evidence-based practice for adolescents with disruptive behavior problems. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12230

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Sugarman, D. E., Wigderson, S. B., Iles, B. R., Kaufman, J. S., Fitzmaurice, G. M., Hilario, E. Y., . . . Greenfield, S. F. (2016). Measuring affiliation in group therapy for substance use disorders in the Women's Recovery Group study: Does it matter whether the group is all-women or mixed-gender? The American Journal on Addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists In Alcoholism And Addictions, 25, 573-580. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12443

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Horigian, V. E., Feaster, D. J., Robbins, M. S., Brincks, A. M., Ucha, J., Rohrbaugh, M. J., & ... Szapocznik, J. (2015). A cross-sectional assessment of the long term effects of brief strategic family therapy for adolescent substance use. The American Journal on Addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions, 24(7), 637-645. doi:10.1111/ajad.12278

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Horigian, V. E., Feaster, D. J., Brincks, A., Robbins, M. S., Perez, M. A., & Szapocznik, J. (2014). The effects of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) on parent substance use and the association between parent and adolescent substance use. Addictive Behaviors, 42C44-50.

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Horigian, V., Weems, C., Robbins, M., Feaster, D., Ucha, J., Miller, M., & Werstlein, R. (2013). Reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms in youth receiving substance use treatment. The American Journal On Addictions / American Academy Of Psychiatrists In Alcoholism And Addictions, 22(4), 329-337. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12031.x

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Waldron, H. B., Brody, J. L., Robbins, M. S. & Alexander, J. F. (in press). Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Use Disorders. Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors.

Burlew, A.K., Weekes, J.C., Montgomery, L., Feaster, D.J., Robbins, M.S., C.L. Rosa, L.M., Ruglass, K.L., Venner, & L. Wu (2011). Conducting research with racial/ethnic minorities: Methodological lessons from the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 37(5), 324-332.

Weems, C. F., Feaster, D. J., Horigian, V. E., & Robbins, M. S. (2011). Parent and child agreement on anxiety disorder symptoms using the DISC predictive scales. Assessment, 18(2), 213-216.

 

Robbins, M.S., Feaster, D.J., Horigian, V.E., Puccinelli, M.J., Henderson, C., & Szapocznik, J. (2011). Therapist adherence in Brief Strategic Family Therapy for adolescent drug abusers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(1), 43-53.

Feaster, D.J., Robbins, M.S., Henderson, C.E., Horigian, V., Puccinelli, M., Burlew, A.K., Szapocznik ,J. (2010). Family functioning and adolescent externalizing in substance users of different race/ethnicity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38(1), 113-124.

Robbins, M.S., Alonso, E., Horigian, V.E., Bachrach, K., Carrión, I.S., Hodgkins, C.C., Miller, M., Schindler, E., Van DeMark, N., Henderson C., & Szapocznik, J. (2010). Transporting clinical research to community settings: Designing and conducting a multi-sitetTrial of Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 5(2), 54-61.

Robbins, M.S., Szapocznik, J., Horigian, V.E., Feaster, D.J., Puccinelli, M., Jacobs, P., Burlew, K., Werstlein, R., Bachrach, K., & Brigham, G. (2009). Brief Strategic Family TherapyTM for adolescent drug abusers: A multi-site effectiveness study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 30(3), 269-278.

Robbins, M.S., Turner, C.W., Mayorga, C.C., Alexander, J.F., Mitrani, V.B., Szapocznik, J. (2008). Adolescent and parent alliances with therapists in Brief Strategic Family TherapyTM with drug using Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(3), 316-328.

Dillon, F.R., Pantin, H., Robbins, M.S., & Szapocznik, J. (2008). Exploring the role of parental monitoring of peers on the relationship between family functioning and delinquency in the lives of African American and Hispanic Adolescents. Crime & Delinquency, 54(1), 65-94.

Robbins, M.S., Szapocznik, J., Dillon, F.R., Turner, C.W., Mitrani, V.B., & Feaster, D.J. (2008). The efficacy of structural ecosystems therapy with drug abusing/dependent African American and Hispanic American adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(1), 51-61.

Robbins, M.S., Szapocznik, J., Dillon, F.R., Turner, C.W., Mitrani, V.B., & Feaster, D.J. (2008). The Efficacy of Structural Ecosystems Therapy with Drug Abusing/Dependent African American and Hispanic American Adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(1), 51-61.

Santisteban, D.A., Suarez-Morales, L., Robbins, M.S., & Szapocznik, J. (2007). Brief Strategic Family Therapy: Lessons learned in efficacy research and new research directions on the blending of research and practice. Family Process, 45, 259-271.

Robbins, M.S., Horigian, V.E., & Szapocznik J. (2007). Brief Strategic Family Therapy TM: An Empirically Validated Family Therapy for Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Problems. Journal of Brief, Systemic, and Strategic Therapies, 1(1), 39-62.

Robbins, M.S., Szapocznik, J., Feaster, D.J., Mayorga, C.C., Dillon, F.R., & Burns, M. (2007). The Impact of Family Functioning on Family Racial Socialization Processes. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13(4), 313-320.

Robbins, M.S., Liddle, H.A., Turner, C.W., Dakof, G.A., Alexander, J.F., & Kogan, S.M. (2006). Adolescent and Parent Therapeutic Alliances as Predictors of Dropout in Multidimensional Family Therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 20 (1), 108-116.

Robbins, M.S., Briones, E., Schwartz, S.J., Dillon, F.R., & Mitrani, V.B. (2006). Differences in family functioning in grandparent and parent-headed households in a clinical sample of drug using African American adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 12(1) 84-100.

Dillon, F.R., Turner, C.W., Robbins, M.S., & Szapocznik, J. (2005). Concordance among biological, interview, and self-report measures of drug use among African American and Hispanic adolescents referred for drug abuse treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19 (4), 404-413.

 

Dillon, F. R., Turner, C. W., Robbins, M. R., Szapocznik, J. (2005). Concordance between biological, interview, and self-report measures of drug use among Hispanic and African-American adolescents referred for drug abuse treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19(4), 404-413.

Horigian, V., Robbins, M.S., & Szapocznik, J. (2004). Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Brief Strategic and Systemic Therapy: European Review [inaugural issue] 1, 251-271.

Feaster, D.J., Robbins, M.S., Horigian, V, & Szapocznik, J. (2004). Statistical issues in multi-site effectiveness trials: The Case of Brief Strategic Family Therapy for adolescent drug abuse treatment. Clinical Trials: The Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials, 1, 428-439.

Robbins, M. S., Turner, C. W., Alexander, J. F., & Perez, G. A. (2003). Alliance and dropout in family therapy with drug using adolescents: Individual and systemic effects. Journal of Family Psychology, 17 (4), 534-544.

Robbins, M.S., Bachrach, K., & Szapocznik, J. (2002). Bridging the research-practice gap in adolescent substance abuse treatment: The case of Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 23, 123-132.

Robbins, M.S., Mitrani, V.B., Zarate, M., Perez, G.A., Coatsworth, J.D., & Szapocznik (2002). Change processes in family therapy with Hispanic adolescents. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 24 (4), 505-519.

Robbins, M.S., Kumar, S., Walker-Barnes, C., Feaster, D., Briones, E., & Szapocznik, J. (2002). Ethnic differences in psychiatric comorbidity among substance abusing adolescents referred to outpatient therapy. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41 (4), 394-401.

Robbins, M.S., Alexander, J.F., Turner, C.W. (2000) Disrupting defensive family interactions in family therapy with delinquent adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 14(4), 688-701.

Robbins, M.S., Alexander, J.F., & Turner C.W. (2000). Disrupting defensive family interactions in family therapy with delinquent youth. Journal of Family Psychology, 14(4), 688-701.

Alexander, J.F., Robbins, M.S., & Sexton, T.L. (2000). Family-based interventions with older, at-risk youth: From promise to proof to practice. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 21,185-205.

Robbins, M.S., Alexander, J.F., Newell, R.M. & Turner, C.W. (1996). The immediate effect of reframing on client attitude in family therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 10 (1), 28-34.

Robbins, M. S., Alexander, J. F., Newell, R. M., & Turner, C. W. (1996). The immediate effects of reframes on client attitudes in family therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 10, 28-34.

Experience

2009-Present,
Senior Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2009-Present
Research Director,
Functional Family Therapy, Inc., Seattle, WA

2008-2009
Research Associate Professor, Center for Family Studies,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami School of Medicine,
Miami, FL

1995-2007
Research Associate Professor, Center for Family Studies,
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami School of Medicine,
Miami, FL

2003-2004
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, University of Miami,
Miami, FL