Dr. Lisa Robinson
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Robinson received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Bluefield University in 2007, and her Master’s in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 2009. She began her professional career as a Resource Specialist for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (now Virginia Veteran and Family Support). In that role, she worked directly with veterans and their families suffering from mental health issues related to their military service. In 2011 she was promoted to the Region III Coordinator, overseeing the expansion of Wounded Warrior through a federal grant into 26 counties and 10 cities in southwest Virginia.
Dr. Robinson held that role until 2012 when she accepted the position of Homeless and Housing Programs Coordinator at New River Community Action. In that capacity, she supervised the provision of services to homeless and at-risk individuals and families in the New River Valley. During that time, she completed her second Master’s in History from Louisiana Tech University. She was employed with NRCA until 2017 when she left to pursue her Ph.D. studies full time in Sociology at Virginia Tech. She worked with the College Access Collaborative and the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice until her graduation in 2020, conducting research on youth violence, rural violence, online extremism, and social movements. Dr. Robinson is now Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Bluefield University and Director of the Justice Administration specialization under the Masters in Business Administration degree.