William Robiner, PhD, ABPP, LP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care

William Robiner

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-1479

Mailing Address:
Health Psychology, Department of Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0392

Administrative Assistant Name
Colleen Doyle

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Fellowship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Robiner is a board certified clinical health psychologist and is the Director of Health Psychology. His clinical practice is primarily in the Primary Care Center. He provides psychological consultation throughout the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He serves on several interdisciplinary teams and is involved with diverse research projects. He serves as an academic career coach for the Division of General Internal Medicine. He also is the Director of the Medical School’s Psychology Internship.


  • Health Psychology
  • Adherence
  • Mood Disorders/Depression
  • Obesity/weight loss
  • Psychological Aspects of Medical And Neurological Illnesses
  • Psychotherapy/Stress Management
  • Professional Issues/Workforce

Awards & Recognition

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2016)
  • Joseph D. Matarazzo Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Academic Health Centers, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (2015)
  • Alfred M. Wellner Distinguished Career Award, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National Register) (2012)
  •  Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, Member (sole Medical School inductee for 2011) (2011)
  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Recognition for Contributions to Internship Training (2007)
  • Minnesota Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology (2005)
  • One of five recipients of the Academic Staff Award from the University of Minnesota (1997)

Professional Associations

  • Director, Health Psychology, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Director, Psychology Internship, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • President, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers
  • Chair, Psychology Standards Committee, University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Fellow, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Vice-President, Minnesota Psychological Association (1990-91)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
  • Editorial Board, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Co-PI; Co-investigator for various Clinical trials


Research Summary/Interests

  • Adherence
  • Clinical Trials
  • Depression
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Regulation (i.e., licensure)
  • Psychology and Mental Health Workforce


  •          Kirsch, J. D., Duran, A., Kaizer, A. M., Thompson Buum, H., Robiner, W. N., & Weber-Main, A. M. (2018). Career-focused mentoring for early-career clinician educators in academic general internal medicine. The American Journal of Medicine, 131, 1387-1394. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.07.028. 
  • Yadav, K., Vock, D. M., Matas, A. J., Robiner, W. N., Nevins, T. E. (2018). Medication adherence is associated with an increased risk of cancer in kidney transplant recipients: a cohort study Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfy210 
  • Ward, W., Zagoloff, A., Rieck, C., & Robiner, W. N. (2018). Interprofessional education: Opportunities and challenges for psychology. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 25, 250-266. doi: 10.1007/s10880-017-9538-3 [By invitation]
  • Hong, B. A., & Robiner, W. N. (2016). Psychologists in academic health centers and medical centers: Being visible, relevant and integral. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23, 11-20.
    Robiner, W. N., Flaherty, N., Fossum, T. A, & Nevins, T. E. (2015). Desirability and feasibility of wireless electronic monitoring of medications in clinical trials. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 5,285-293
  • Robiner, W. N., Dixon, K. E., Miner, J. L., & Hong, B. A. (2014). Psychologists in medical schools and academic health centers: Over 100 years of growth, influence, and partnership. American Psychologist.
  • Robiner, W. N., Tumlin, T. R., & Tompkins, T. L. (2013). Psychologists and Medications in the Era of Interprofessional Care: Collaboration is Less Problematic and Costly Than Prescribing. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.
  • Finkelstein, S. M., Lindgren, B. R., Robiner, W. N., Lindquist, R., Hertz, M., Carlin, B. P., & VanWormer, A. (2013). A randomized controlled trial comparing health and quality of life of lung transplant recipients following manual nurse and computer-based triage utilizing home spirometry monitoring. Telemedicine and e-Health, 19,
  • Robiner, W. N., Strand, T.D., Maurer, M. & the Renin Angiotensin System Study (RASS) Group. (2013). Adherence and renal biopsy feasibility in the Renin Angiotensin-System Study (RASS) Primary Prevention Diabetes Trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 102, 25-34. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2013.06.004.
  • Robiner, W. N., Lazear, S. M., & Duffy, B. L. (2013). Promoting health behaviors in medical education. The Clinical Teacher, 10, 160-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1743-498X.2012.00637.x
  • Foran-Tuller, K., Robiner, W. N., Breland-Noble, A., Otey-Scott, S., Wyrobeck J., King, C., & Sanders, K. (2012). Early Career Boot Camp: A Novel Mechanism for Enhancing Early Career Development for Psychologists in Academic Healthcare. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19(1), 117-125. doi:10.1007/s10880-011-9289-5
  • Robiner, W. N., Dixon, K. E., Miner, J. L., & Hong, B. A. (2012). Board Certification in Psychology: Insights from Medicine and Hospital Psychology. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 19(1), 30-40. doi:10.1007/s10880-011-9280-1
  • Hong, B., Robiner, W. N., Dixon, K. E., Miner, J. L. (2011). Psychologists’ Medical Staff Membership in Academic Healthcare: Past, Present and Future Challenges. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 43(1), 50-57. doi:10.1037/a0026891
  • Robiner, W. N., Dixon, K. E., Miner, J. L., & Hong, B. A. (2010). Hospital privileges for psychologists in the era of competencies and increased accountability. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 17(4), 301-314. doi:1010.1007/s10880-010-9203-6
  • Cady, R., Finkelstein, S., Lindgren, B., Robiner, W., Lindquist, R., VanWormer, A., & Harrington, K. (2010). Exploring the translational impact of a home telemonitoring intervention using time-motion study. Telemedicine and e-Health, 16(5), 576-584. doi:10.1089/tmj.2009.0148


Academic Interests and Focus

Mentoring; Professional Development/Professionalism; Supervisory Evaluation; Quality Assessment and Improvement; Doctoral Education and Training; Interprofessionalism



Lupus Clinic

Board Certifications

Clinical Health Psychology

Clinical Interests

Adherence; Anxiety Disorders; Depression/ Mood Disorders; Health Psychology; Insomnia; Obesity/weight loss; Psychological aspects of medical and neurological illnesses; Psychotherapy/stress management

Clinical Experience Statement

Psychological services in the Primary Care center and for patients cared for by diverse medical specialty areas (e.g., diabetes, oncology, transplant, neurological conditions, ENT, Surgery, bariatrics)