Shannon Robinson, MD is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has spent decades working in behavioral health, primary care, and behavioral health specialty care integration.
Before joining HMA, she served as director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the San Diego Veterans Administration (VA). She oversaw screening, brief intervention, referral, assessment, level of care determination, initiated medications for addiction treatment (MAT), and expanded access to evidenced-based psychotherapies. In addition, she worked on developing the VA’s national educational materials for alcohol use disorders, opioid use disorders, pain management and treatment of insomnia.
Dr. Robinson served as the chief of addiction service for California Correctional Healthcare Services where she was the champion change management agent for administration and line staff while initiating MAT within primary care. She also helped develop enhanced evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and person-centered care throughout the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Robinson provided and supervised telehealth in the VA and California Correctional Healthcare Services, where she was part of a team that greatly expanded telepsychiatry, and she started the teleaddiction service.
Her research, clinical, training experience and publications cover psychopharmacology, cognitive behavior therapies, Hepatitis C, addictions, telehealth, correctional healthcare, primary and behavioral health integration and related topics.
She also has two decades of teaching experience with mental health, primary and speciality care, pharmacy and nursing staff, which includes curriculum development, in-person presentations and interactive webinars, and virtual trainings for all healthcare disciplines, non-healthcare staff, patients, family and lay persons.
As part of her prior work, she has experience with design, implementation, and oversight of operations for substance use disorder treatment programs and staff including alcohol drug counselors, psychologists, social workers, nursing, prescribers and pharmacy staff. This work included creation of workflows, policies, procedures, standardized practices/protocols, data reporting, and quality and performance improvement.
Dr. Robinson earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in psychology. She completed her residency and psychosomatic psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, where she remained a faculty member for over 15 years.