John D. Robinson, EdD, MPH, ABPP, FACHP, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and serves as Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Howard University Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Harvard University, holds a Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris causa) from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and completed his residency at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Dr. Robinson is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in two specialties: Clinical Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology. He has served as president of the American Board of Clinical Psychology of ABPP, and is currently president of the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology of ABPP. Dr. Robinson has specializations in general adult clinical psychology, transplant psychology, and bariatric psychology.

All candidates for bariatric surgery must have a behavioral health evaluation. Dr. Robinson is responsible for coordination of these evaluations to assure that the patient receives an appropriate and thorough evaluation that is used by the team to determine the suitability of the patient for bariatric surgery and its psychological/behavioral implications. One of his major responsibilities is to provide psychological/behavioral medicine consultations for the Center. Having taught at various medical schools, such as, Harvard, Tulane, and Georgetown, he is active in professional associations. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Psychology Association (APA), served on numerous committees and boards of APA, and served as chair and vice chair of the Board of Psychology for the District of Columbia. In addition, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers and a member of the Board of Trustees of two universities. He has also served as an officer in the US Air Force, US Navy, and US Public Health Corps.

He has lectured extensively throughout the United States in both civilian and military institutions and has published several professional articles. He is well known for his book on cultural diversity and his book chapters and articles on professional ethics.

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