Wendie Robbins

Dr. Robbins is a professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department, and the School of Nursing. She holds faculty appointments with the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Molecular Toxicology IDP, and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Her research focuses on the relationships between work, environment, and health. This includes a focus on reproductive health. She has conducted laboratory based, and epidemiology field studies nationally and internationally. In addition to research expertise in occupational and environmental health, she brings over a decade of clinical experience providing care as a Nurse Practitioner in medically underserved communities affected by pollution. Current funded projects explore work as a social determinant of health, and health of communities following disasters.

She is Program Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program within the Southern California Education and Research Center training grant funded by the CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This training grant provides financial and research support for PhD and Masters level trainees at UCLA and UC Irvine. 


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • MSN, Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • BSN, Nursing, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Selected Publications

Matthews TA, Guardiano M, Omidakhsh N, Cushing L, Robbins W, Hong O, Li J (2023) Associations of COVID-19 Related Work Stressors with Psychological Distress: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Californian Workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010144.

McNamara K, Robbins WA. Shiftwork and Sleep Disturbance in the Oil Industry. Workplace Health and Safety: in press.

Massotta HC, Robbins WA, Tsai C (2022) An Analysis of Prenatal Exposure Factors and Offspring Health Outcomes in Rodents from Synthesized Nanoparticles, Reproductive Toxicology, 110:60-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.reprotox.2022,03014.

Barajas AL, Bush NJ, Cadogan M, Mentes JS, Robbins W (2022) Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Aligning Practice with Evidence to Improve Patient Outcomes, Journal of Radiology Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/jradnu.2022.03.002.

Matthews TA, Zhu Y, Robbins W, Rezk-Hanna M, Macey PM, Song Y, Li J (2022) Adulthood Psychosocial Disadvantages and Risk of Hypertension in US Workers: Effect Modification by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Life (Basel, Switzerland), 12(10), 1507-. https://doi.org/10.3390/life12101507 

Guardiano MAP, Boy PR, Shapirshteyn G, Dobrozdravic L, Chen L, Yang H, Robbins WA, Li J (2022) A Comparison of Working Conditions and Wellbeing among Prison Nurses and Community Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 10955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710955.

Matthews TA, Robbins W, Preisig M, von Kanel R, Li J (2021) Associations of Job Strain and Family Strain with Risk of Major Depressive Episode: A Prospective  Cohort Study in US Working Men and Women. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 147:110541. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.

Samuel-Nakamura C, Hodge FS, Sokolow S, Ali A-MS, Robbins WA (2019) Metal(loids) in Cucurbita pepo in a Uranium Impacted Area in Northwestern New Mexico, USA. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(14), 2569-. https://doi.i.org/10.3390/ijerph161142569.

Stone DS, Pavlish CL, Ganz PA, Thomas EA, Casillas JN, Robbins WA (2019) Understanding the Workplace Interactions of Young Adult Cancer Survivors with Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals. Workplace Health and Safety, 67(4)179-188. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30608021/.