John  Robinson

John Robinson

Part-time Faculty

John Robinson

Middle name



John Robinson has 35 years of experience with substance abuse treatment program development, first with the Michigan Department of Public Health (1978-87), and later with the Michigan Department of Corrections (1987 to 2007). Earlier in his career, he was a therapist with the Michigan Department of Mental Health (1972-74) and a welfare worker with the Michigan Department of Social Services (1967-70). In 2006, Mr. Robinson began his second career, teaching at Wayne State University in the Master of Social Work Program.  He brings to the classroom a wealth of experience from his first career, working in the social work field in roles ranging from case worker, social worker and therapist to clients in special populations (substance abuse, adolescent, financially disadvantaged) to administrator over substance abuse programs and services in various leadership roles for the State of Michigan.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.W. (casework emphasis), Wayne State University, 1972
  • B.A., Sociology, Wayne State University, 1966

Teaching Interests

  • Substance abuse

Areas of Expertise

  • Substance Abuse
  • Drug Policy
  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Program Development
  • Substance Abuse Contracting, Evaluation and Licensing

Research Interests

  • Substance abuse
  • Corrections

Courses Taught

 SW6540:  The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Social Functioning