Robyn Pitman is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Colombia. She has a PhD in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph. Before coming to UBC, Robyn was an undergraduate Sessional Lecturer for 8 years at several universities. From 2013 to 2016, she taught exclusively at the University of Guelph in the Adult Development and Child, Youth, and Family programs. She has experience teaching lower and upper level courses that include introductory psychology, child development, health and well-being, couple and family relationships, research methods, parent-child relationships across the lifespan, introductory statistics, and relational processes.
Robyn’s research interests include exploring the process and outcomes of maintaining and dissolving friendships and family relationships during the life course. She continues to collaborate with the Parent-Child Relationship Lab at the University of Guelph with Dr. Leon Kuczynski to expand practical and clinical applications of Social Relational Theory.
Outside of her teaching and research interests, Robyn is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in Ontario, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in British Colombia, and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT) with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). She has worked in community counseling agencies, family health teams, and a private therapy clinic. For five years, she worked as an associate with Jett Psychological Services in Guelph, Ontario where she provided psychometric and psycho-therapeutic services for individuals experiencing a range of clinical and post-injury difficulties, including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Robyn continues to integrate her clinical experiences into her teaching and research.
In her free time, Robyn enjoys riding her bike, hiking, scuba diving, crossfit, and eating good food.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Kuczynski, L, Pitman, R., & Twigger, K. (2018). Flirting with resistance: Children’s expressions of autonomy during middle childhood. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 13 (1). Doi: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1564519
Scharfe, E., Pitman, R., & Cole, V. (2017). Function of attachment hierarchies in young adults experiencing the transition from university. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 11, 40-54. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v11i1.223
Kuczynski, L., Pitman, R., Ta-Young, L., & Harach, L. (2016). Children’s influence on their parent’s adult development: Mothers’ and fathers’ receptivity to children’s requests for change. Journal of Adult Development, 23, 193-203. doi: 10.1007/s10804-016-9235-8.
Neustifter, R., van Rhijn, T., & Pitman, R. (2015). Intimate partner violence and social relational theory: Examining the influence of children and important others on mothers’ transition out of violent relationships. Children and Society, 29, 651-661. doi: 10.1111/chso.12101
Guthrie, D. M., Pitman, R., Fletcher, P. C., Hirdes, J. P., Stolee, P., Poss, J., Papaioannou, A., Maxwell, C. J., Berg, K., & Ezekiel, H. (2014). Data sharing between home care professionals: A feasibility study suing the RAI Home Care instrument. BMC Geriatrics, 14 (81), 1-9. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-14-81
Guthrie, D. M., Pitman, R., Stolee, P., Strong, G., Poss, .J, Tjam E., Bowman, L., et al. (2011). Reliability of a standardized assessment for adults who are deafblind. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 48(5), 1-9. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2010.09.0175
Pitman, R., & Scharfe, E. (2010). Testing the function of attachment hierarchies during emerging adulthood. Personal Relationships, 17, 201-216. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01272.x
Kuczynski, L., Parkin, C. M., & Pitman, R. (2015). Socialization as dynamic process: A dialectical, transactional perspective. In J. E. Grusec and P. D. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization (Second Edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Kuczynski, L., Pitman, R., & Mitchell, M. (2009). Dialectics and transactional models: Conceptualizing antecedents, processes, and consequences of change in parent-child relationships. In J. A. Mancini & K. A. Roberto (Eds.) Pathways of human development: Explorations of change (pp 151-170). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.