Allysha Robinson received her BS in Psychology and Spanish, as well as an MPH in Social/Behavioral Sciences from the University of Florida (UF). During her graduate studies, she won numerous honors including a research award for a prospective study of HIV risk in adolescents, and an award for outstanding community involvement from the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. Robinson also conducted a study, published in the Florida Public Health Review, which outlined strategies to advocate for bus stop accessibility on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Her tenure at UF consisted of planning, implementing, and evaluating obesity and type 2 diabetes interventions in low-income communities. These projects include a national primary care patient satisfaction study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as a health promotion program in low-income family households which was funded by the PepsiCo Foundation. Her independent master’s thesis was a church-based, health-promotion project funded by the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. The study identified predictors of engagement in health promotion among African-American churches. Simultaneously, she served as an adjunct lecturer in research methodology for the Bachelor of Health Science Program at UF.
As a Brown Scholar at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Robinson shifted focus from chronic disease to HIV/AIDS, and will focus her dissertation on identifying predictors of medical adherence among HIV-positive injecting drug users in East Baltimore. She currently serves as a research assistant at the Lighthouse Studies at Peer Point in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society.