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Robin Besse, PhD - Bio Sketch

Robin Besse is a research analyst at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In this position, Robin provides research support for the Health Workforce Analysis Group at the CRH. She is involved in survey development and implementation, focus group assistance, data analysis, literature reviews, and report writing. Robin also works with stakeholders through the state in order to explore rural workforce factors in North Dakota.

Prior to joining the CRH, Robin was a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University. She earned her PhD in social psychology, also at Kansas State University. Robin is originally from Rugby, North Dakota.


Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.