Dr. Robinson’s research interest focuses on health disparities that occur as a result of chronic illness experience , in particularly pain of Hispanics of Mexican American descent and their families; and, ultimately the development of interventions to increase quality of life and optimum functioning in this population. Since moving to the Southwest in 2005, she has participated in several small research projects in the border area and presented at regional, state and national conferences with positive evaluation results. She received three years of funding from NINR under the R-15 mechanism to mentor future nurse and health science researchers. During this project, interprofessional research assistants assisted in translating and testing a psycho-educational intervention in cancer patients with pain. (NINR, #1R15NR0a2-190-01). Her latest funded research focuses on utilizing technology to enhance self-management of chronic illness symptoms (NIGMS, 2013-2014).