Robyn Mobbs, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track

Co-Director, Center on Network Science

Portrait of Robyn Mobbs

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Primary Phone: 303-315-0191

Office Hours: By appointment



Robyn Mobbs is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, where she is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and Co-Director on the Center on Network Science. Dr. Mobbs loves teaching about negotiation and conflict resolution, leadership, management, ethics, evidence-based decision making, research methods, and systems science. She especially focuses on the application of theories to practice and aims to foster knowledge, skills and techniques needed to successfully implement policies, projects and programs to address problems within organizations and in society. Dr. Mobbs’ research interests and expertise focus on negotiation and relationships, ranging from large cross-sector networks in health, public health, and social services to individual negotiations and conflict resolutions. Dr. Mobbs is a Fulbright Scholar (University of Hong Kong, 2015-16). Her research has also been supported by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other national and Colorado-based non-profit organizations.

Dr. Mobbs has worked within the University of Colorado system since 2003. Previously, she was an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, where she held leadership roles in various state- and federal-level grants and provided strategic leadership as head of administration and finance of Colorado WIN Partners at the School of Medicine; and acting administrator and health administration discipline director for JFK Partners, a multifaceted interdepartmental program of the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Denver, she worked in policy and quality assurance at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Mobbs earned her PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She also has an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

When not working, she can likely be found in the mountains or ocean with her family.

Areas of Expertise

Negotiation, conflict resolution, inter-organizational and cross-sector networks, collaborative governance, public health systems, organizational performance and effectiveness

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver

Master of Business Administration
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Curriculum Vitae