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Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Avera Health and Science Center



Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 161
Allied & Population Health-Box 2202C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007-0001


Chris Robbins MPA, Ph.D., completed his MPA at the University of Michigan-Flint, and his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington where he specialized in health behavior and gerontology. He is a researcher with a background in health outcomes, acute and chronic injury in older adults, health behavior, and injury prevention. He has experience working with the Department of Defense on long term health outcomes for Veterans as well as with the FDA. In addition he has worked on both Foundation and Industry sponsored research projects. His current research focuses on reducing opioid use in acute care and unintentional injury and interpersonal violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.


01/2008-12/2015 Doctor of Philosophy, Health Behavior; Indiana University, Bloomington

09/2000-05/2003 Master of Public Administration; University of Michigan, Flint

09/1991-05/1995 Bachelor of Science, Clinical and Community Psychology; University of Michigan, Flint

Academic Interests

Health Behavior
Chronic Disease
Injury Prevention
Active Aging

Work Experience

2022-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Allied and Population Health, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

2020-2021 Research Data Analyst, Department of Surgery, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN.

2018-2019 Associate Instructor, College of Health Sciences, Department of Inter-professional Education and Aging Studies, Doctor of Health
Science Program, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

2013-2019 Senior Research Area Specialist, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

2018-2019 Research Fellow, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD.

2010-2011 Associate Faculty, Department of Health Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

2010-2011 Research Analyst, Department of Health Sciences, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

2006-2010 Research Associate, Department of Health Sciences, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

2003-2005 Research Associate, Hurley Research Center, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI.

Applications of Research

Selected sample:

1. Gundlach BK, Robbins CB, Lawton JN, Lien JR. Wound Healing Complications in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger Releases: A
Retrospective Cohort Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Dec;46(12):1057-1063. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.05.009. Epub 2021 Jul 2. PMID: 34218978.

2. Li Y, Swallow J, Robbins C, Caird MS, Leis A, Hong RA. Gabapentin and intrathecal morphine combination therapy results in decreased oral narcotic use
and more consistent pain scores after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Orthop Surg Res. 2021 Nov 15;16(1):672. doi:
10.1186/s13018-021-02525-z. PMID: 34781972; PMCID: PMC8594153.

3. Gagnier J, Bedi A, Carpenter J, Robbins C, Miller B. A 5-Year Follow-up of Patients Treated for Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: A Prospective Cohort
Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Sep 7;9(9):23259671211021589. doi:10.1177/23259671211021589. PMID: 34514008; PMCID: PMC8427933.

4. Gagnet P, Nelson J, Wallace N, McCarthy C, Robbins C, Kessler J, Biermann JS,
Siegel G. Analysis of the Effect of the Size and Grade of Soft Tissue Sarcoma on Rates of Unplanned Resection, Metastatic Disease, Mortality, and Morbid Re-
Resection Over 20 Years. Orthopedics. 2021 May-Jun;44(3):166-171. doi:10.3928/01477447-20210104-05. Epub 2021 Jan 8. PMID: 33416896.

5. Li Y, Graham CK, Robbins C, Caird MS, Farley FA. Elevated Serum Titanium Levels in Children With Early Onset Scoliosis Treated With Growth-friendly
Instrumentation. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Jul;40(6):e420-e423. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001463. PMID: 32501902.

6. Bye B, Graham CK, Robbins C, Wallace N, Lindsey B, Caird MS, Farley FA, Li Y. Level of Experience Does Not Influence the Accuracy of Radiographic and
Ultrasound Measurements of Magnetically Controlled Growing Rod Distractions. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 May/Jun;40(5):e341-e345.doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001449. PMID: 31498195.

7. Li Y, James C, Byl N, Sessel J, Caird MS, Farley FA, Robbins C. Obese Children Have Different Forearm Fracture Characteristics Compared With Normal-
weight Children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Feb;40(2):e127-e130. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001402. PMID: 31095010.

8. Surowiec RK, Battle LF, Ward FS, Schlecht SH, Khoury BM, Robbins C, Wojtys EM, Caird MS, Kozloff KM. A xenograft model to evaluate the bone forming effects
of sclerostin antibody in human bone derived from pediatric osteogenesis imperfecta patients. Bone. 2020 Jan;130:115118. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2019.115118.
Epub 2019 Oct 31. PMID: 31678490; PMCID: PMC6918492.

9. Ramme AJ, Robbins CB, Patel KA, Carpenter JE, Bedi A, Gagnier JJ, Miller BS. Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Management of Rotator Cuff Tears: A Matched-Pair
Analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Oct 2;101(19):1775-1782. doi:10.2106/JBJS.18.01473. PMID: 31577683.

10. Trinh TQ, Naimark MB, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, Robbins CB; MOON Shoulder Instability Group, Grant JA, Miller BS, Ortiz S, Bollier MJ, Kuhn JE, Cox CL, Ma
CB, Feeley BT, Zhang AL, McCarty EC, Bravman JT, Bishop JY, Jones GL, Brophy RH, Wright RW, Smith MV, Marx RG, Baumgarten KM, Wolf BR, Hettrich CM, Miller BS.
Clinical Outcomes After Anterior Shoulder Stabilization in Overhead Athletes: An Analysis of the MOON Shoulder Instability Consortium. Am J Sports Med. 2019
May;47(6):1404-1410. doi: 10.1177/0363546519837666. PMID: 31042440.

11. Burke MC, Minnock C, Robbins CB, Abbott MD, Caird MS, Farley FA, Kirsch J, Thomas J, Li Y. Intraobserver and Interobserver Reliability of Radiographic
Analysis of Proximal Humerus Fractures in Adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Feb;39(2):e125-e129. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001083. PMID: 28984686.

12: Naimark M, Robbins CB, Gagnier JJ, Landfair G, Carpenter J, Bedi A, Miller BS. Impact of smoking on patient outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff
repair. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2018 Nov 21;4(1):e000416. doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000416. PMID: 30555715; PMCID: PMC6267295.

13: Kessler KE, Robbins CB, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, Gagnier JJ, Miller BS. Does Increased Body Mass Index Influence Outcomes After Rotator Cuff Repair?
Arthroscopy. 2018 Mar;34(3):754-761. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.08.248. Epub 2017 Nov 2. PMID: 29100770.

14: Li Y, Hong RA, Robbins CB, Gibbons KM, Holman AE, Caird MS, Farley FA, Abbott MD, Burke MC. Intrathecal Morphine and Oral Analgesics Provide Safe and
Effective Pain Control After Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jan 15;43(2):E98-E104. doi:
10.1097/BRS.0000000000002245. PMID: 28538591.

15. Lai J, Robbins CB, Miller BS, Gagnier JJ. The effect of lipid levels on patient-reported outcomes in patients with rotator cuff tears. JSES Open Access.
2017 Nov 21;1(3):133-138. doi: 10.1016/j.jses.2017.09.001. PMID: 30675555; PMCID: PMC6340901.

16. Li Y, Donohue KS, Robbins CB, Pennock AT, Ellis HB Jr, Nepple JJ, Pandya N, Spence DD, Willimon SC, Heyworth BE. Function After Adolescent Clavicle Trauma
and Surgery (FACTS) Multicenter Study Group. Reliability of Radiographic Assessments of Adolescent Midshaft Clavicle Fractures by the FACTS Multicenter
Study Group. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Sep;31(9):479-484. doi:10.1097/BOT.0000000000000877. PMID: 28471918.

17. Gagnier JJ, Allen B, Watson S, Robbins CB, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, Miller BS. Do Medical Comorbidities Affect Outcomes in Patients With Rotator Cuff Tears?
Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Aug 21;5(8):2325967117723834. doi:10.1177/2325967117723834. PMID: 28856169; PMCID: PMC5570119.

18. Gagnier JJ, Oltean H, van Tulder MW, Berman BM, Bombardier C, Robbins CB. Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan;41(2):116-33. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001310. PMID: 26630428.

19. Robbins CB, Vreeman DJ, Sothmann MS, Wilson SL, Oldridge NB. A review of the long-term health outcomes associated with war-related amputation. Mil Med. 2009 Jun;174(6):588-92. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-00-0608. PMID: 19585770.