Position Assistant Clinical Professor
Institution University of California Davis
Discipline Medicine; Public Health; Psychiatry
Affiliations Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Twitter @RRobitz
Other links University Profile
Contact  rarobitz@ucdavis.edu

Personal Bio

1Rachel Robitz, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor at University California Davis. She completed residency in combined family medicine and psychiatry and a fellowship in community psychiatry at University of California San Diego. She is currently the Associate Training Director for UC Davis’ Family Medicine/Psychiatry residency. Clinically she works as a primary care physician at Sacramento County Health Center and as the Assistant Medical Director of Sacramento County Mental Health Urgent Care. She previously worked as psychiatrist for a program for homeless youth and for multiple programs for adult and youth who had been trafficked. She served on San Diego County’s Child Welfare Steering Committee on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She is currently the co-chair of HEAL Trafficking’s Direct Service Committee. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the American Psychiatric Association and as a council member for the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. She has presented nationally on the mental health and medical needs of human trafficking survivors. She is currently principal investigator on a study examining how to support the wellbeing of human trafficking survivors involved in anti-trafficking work.

Research Profile

Rachel is currently principal investigator on two concurrent qualitative studies. The studies look at the relationship between an individual with lived experience doing anti-trafficking work and the organizations that they work with. The studies aim to describe how organizational culture, practices, and policies contribute to (either positively or negatively) the wellbeing of employees, volunteers, or consultants with lived experience from both the perspectives of individuals with lived experience and organizations working with them.


Robitz, R., Gajaria, A., Stoklosa, H., Jones, E., & Baldwin, S. B. A Young Transgender Woman with Fatigue, Malnutrition, and a Previous Suicide Attempt. Psychiatric Annals. 2018;48(3): 131-133.

Robitz R, Morrison L, Ventura A, Melton MC, Bennet A. Sex workers as medical student educators. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;39(3):329-31