Robyn graduated in medicine from Auckland University and worked across Auckland hospitals before undertaking a Masters in Public Health. On completing training in Public Health Medicine she worked as a Public Health Physician at the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) from 2002-2004 before returning to the University of Auckland to start her research career in mHealth with the national implementation of STOMP - text messaging to support smoking cessation, and a research collaboration to deliver the same programme in a large UK trial. Since then she has gone on to develop and trial many different mHealth interventions, including her PhD in video messaging for smoking cessation, and others in areas such as depression prevention, alcohol use, cardiac rehabilitation, health information for young families, and diabetes self-management support. In 2013, Robyn went back to Waitemata DHB as a Public Health Physician in Research & Innovation. Since that time she has worked across both institutions, now as the Clinical Director of Innovation in Waitemata’s Institute for Innovation & Improvement.
Honorary Assoc. Professor Robyn Whittaker