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Dr. Lee Robins

Dr. Lee Robins earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1951 and joined the Department as a part time research assistant in 1954. She became research assistant professor in 1958. In 1968, she became professor of sociology in psychiatry. In 1991, she was named a University Professor of Social Science, a position that acknowledges distinguished scholars whose work overlaps various disciplines and schools. Dr. Robins had a pivotal role in the development of the field of psychiatric epidemiology. From her classic longitudinal studies of deviant children (Deviant Children Grown Up, Williams & Wilkins, 1966) to the development and implementation of standardized diagnostic instruments, Lee Robins has had a major influence on the entire field of psychiatry and on a generation of psychiatric leaders. Dr. Robins passed away in September 2009.