Dr. Robitz is a physician who trained in both family medicine and psychiatry. She works in community based settings providing both primary care and psychiatric care.
Her special clinical interests and expertise is in integrating medical and behavioral healthcare to treat sex trafficking survivors, transitional age youth, and other populations with histories of trauma.
Dr. Robitz' research interests include the mental and physical health needs of human trafficking survivors and social determinants of health. She also has interest in medical student and resident education.
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH 2012
B.S., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH 2007
Family Medicine/Psychiatry, UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego CA 2013-2017
Community Psychiatry, UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego CA 2016-2017
American Board of Family Medicine, 2017
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Psychiatric Association
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry
Honors and Awards
HT-RADAR Trailblazer Award, 2017
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Martin Fenton Award for Outstanding Medicine/Psychiatry Resident, 2016
American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin Fellow, 2015
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Service Award, 2015
Excellence in Public Health Award, US Public Health Service, 2012
Select Recent Publications
Robitz R, Morrison L, Ventura A, Melton MC, Bennet A. Sex workers as medical student educators. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;39(3):329-31.
Lee N, Spearry RP, Leahy KM, Robitz R, Trinh DS, Mason CO, Zurbrugg RJ, Batt MK, Paul RJ, Maclennan AJ. Muscle ciliary neurotrophic factor receptor alpha promotes axonal regeneration and functional recovery following peripheral nerve lesion. J comp Neurol. Available online 2013 Mar 16.
Lee N, Batt MK, Cronier BA, Jackson MC, Bruno Garza JL, Trinh DS, Mason CO, Spearry RP, Bhattacharya S, Robitz R, Nakafuku M, MacLennan AJ. Ciliary neurotrophic factor receptor regularion of adult forebrain neurogenesis. J Neurosci. 2013 Jan 16;33(3): 1241-58.
Robitz R, Gottlieb SL, De Rosa CJ, Guerry SL, Liddon N, Zaidi A, Walker S, Smith JS, Brewer NT, Markowitz LE. Parent Attitudes about School Requirements for Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in High-Risk Communities of Los Angeles, California. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 July;20(7)1421-9.
Lee N, Robitz R, Zurbrugg RJ, Karpman AM, Mahler AM, Cronier SA, Vesey R, Spearry RP, Zolotukhin S, Maclennan AJ. Conditional, genetic disruption of ciliary neurotrophic factor receptors reveals a role in adult motor neuron survival. European Journal of Neuroscience. 2008 Jul;28(1):238.
Lorenz JN, Arend LJ, Robitz R, Paul RJ, MacLennan AJ. Vascular dysfunction in S1P2 sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor knockout mice. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Jan;292(1):R440-6.