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Introduction

Shannon Robinson, MD, is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

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 Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) within primary care, assisting with the enhancement of evidence-based psychosocial treatment and person-centered care throughout the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

She was director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the San Diego, Veterans Administration (VA) where she oversaw withdrawal management, screening, brief intervention, referral, assessment, level of care determination, initiated MAT, expanded access to evidenced-based psychotherapies, and assisted with the development of the VA’s national educational materials for Alcohol Use Disorders, Opioid Use Disorders, Pain Management and Treatment of Insomnia. Dr. Robinson provided and supervised telehealth in the Veterans Administration and California Correctional Healthcare Services, where she was part of a team that greatly expanded telepsychiatry, and she started the teleaddiction service. 

Dr. Robinson’s 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, including serving as a subject matter expert for the creation of National Sheriff’s Association and National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (2018) Jail Based Medication Assisted Treatment: Promising Practice Guidelines and Resources for the Field. She has two decades of teaching experience with mental health, primary and specialty care, pharmacy, nursing staff, correctional staff, lawyers, judges, patients, families and lay persons. Dr. Robinson’s experience includes design, implementation, and oversight of operations for substance use disorder treatment programs including alcohol drug counselors, psychologists, social workers, nursing, prescribers and pharmacy staff. 

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