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Robin Cox

Robin S. Cox




Humanitarian Studies


Robin Cox is an educator, psychologist, consultant and active member of the Canadian disaster and emergency management community. She is the head of the Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University. Her expertise includes the psychosocial dimensions of disasters, disaster resilience, and traumatic stress and coping. Her work focuses on supporting individual, workforce and community disaster resilience, participatory approaches to risk reduction, and the development and delivery of training in disaster psychosocial support interventions. Cox is an active researcher and is leading several national research projects focused on child-centered disaster recovery in Canada and the U.S., and disaster resilience assessment and planning at the community level. She is the principal investigator and co-founder of the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience (YCDR) project. Learn more about her other research projects and writing on her professional website and on her research page.


Before joining Royal Roads in 2007, Cox taught at the Justice Institute of B.C. and the B.C. Institute of Technology, and worked as a counsellor with the Vancouver Police Domestic Violence Unit. She has authored a number of national and provincial psychosocial planning documents and presents regularly at national and international conferences highlighting her research on community-based disaster resilience planning and assessment, disaster recovery, and the use of photo-stories and other creative participatory research approaches.


Cox holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is also a registered Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Cox is a founding member, trainer and active responder with the B.C. Disaster Psychosocial Network, and a member of the National Emergency Psychosocial Advisory Consortium. She is an experienced provider of psychological first aid, critical incident stress management and a range of counselling interventions with traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.