Texas Tech University

Heather L. Austin-Robillard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies

Email: heather.austin@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7096

Office: CCRC 208


Heather L. Austin-Robillard

Bio

Dr. Austin-Robillard is an Assistant Professor in the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Sciences department. She earned her bachelor's from the University of North Texas in Psychology and earned her master's and Doctorate in Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech. She is currently a full-time instructor who facilitates and manages many of the online classes for the ADRS minor. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and supervisor and specializes in working with individuals, couples and families who struggle with addictive behaviors. 

Classes Taught

  • ADRS 2310: Understanding Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behaviors
  • ADRS 3327: Substance Use Prevention
  • ADRS 3325: Family Dynamics of Addiction
  • ADRS 3329: Addiction, Recovery and Relationships
  • ADRS 4325: Systemic Treatment of Addictive Disorders
  • Research focus is prevention, family issues related to addiction (COA, ACOA and CODA) and early intervention.

Recent Publications

Kimball, T., Shumway, S., Austin-Robillard, H. & Harris, K. (2017). Hoping and coping in recovery: A phenomenology of emerging adults in a collegiate recovery. Alcoholism Quarterly,

Bradshaw, S., Shumway, S., Wang, E., Harris, K., Smith, D., & Austin-Robillard, H. (2015). Hope, readiness, and coping in family recovery from addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.

Bradshaw, S., Shumway, S., Wang, E., Harris, K., Smith, D., & Austin-Robillard, H. (2015). Family functioning and readiness in family recovery from addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery,

Jenkins, S.R., Austin, H., & Boals, A. (2012). Content analysis of expressive writing narratives about stressful relational events using Interpersonal Decentering. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.