Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work Integrated Behavioral Health MSSW Program:

Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars are outstanding master’s students in the clinical concentration who demonstrate commitment to work in inter-professional teams in health care settings.

Coordinated by clinical assistant professor Robin Smith, the program is funded with a 3-year award from the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA), the Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars (IBHS) Program at the UT Austin School of Social Work is a comprehensive training program that will prepare culturally competent master’s level social work students for careers as clinical behavioral health specialists in primary care settings that serve high need/high demand populations. HRSA funding will be used specifically to recruit and retain bilingual and/or bicultural students from underserved populations; develop new field placement slots in clinics serving high need/high demand populations; and, ultimately, to build the workforce by preparing students for careers in settings where there is a high need for integrated behavioral health care among underserved populations.  For more on IBH Scholars


Robin Smith, LCSW

Robin McCullough Smith was born and raised in Houston, and earned her MSSW degree at the University of Texas. Her professional experience includes work in public healthcare, psychiatric acute care, medical social work, and social work education. Professor Smith was Manager of Admissions for St. David’s Pavilion psychiatric hospital for eight years, and taught undergraduate social work as a lecturer for nine years prior to joining the Clinical Faculty. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a board certified Clinical Supervisor and a member of NASW.