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Robin S. Cox


Professor and Program Head


Humanitarian Studies


Dr. Robin Cox is the program head of the Disaster and Emergency Management graduate programs and the director of the Resilience By Design (RbD) research innovation lab. She is a recipient of the Kelly Outstanding Teacher award, an honour that reflects her commitment to engaged and experiential teaching, mentoring, and research. Cox’s RbD lab is a trans-disciplinary, collaborative research space that brings together emerging scholars, graduate and undergraduate students (e.g., psychology, humanitarian studies, disaster management) and practitioners to explore and understand the human dimensions of disasters. Cox and the RbD team are working on multiple funded research projects that focus on engaging youth as leaders and innovators in disaster recovery and resilience, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Her work emphasizes the value of participatory and arts-based methods and social innovation (e.g. Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience). Cox’s professional training as a counselling psychologist includes expertise in psychosocial disaster planning and response, anxiety, trauma and stress. 


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.