Amanda Robinson, PhD

Research and Evaluation Project Manager


Amanda Robinson is a Project Manager at the Institute for Community Health.

Amanda is an anthropologist with an interest in applied and evaluation research, particularly on issues of community and social support, and mental health. She explored these issues during her doctoral work, using the Tokyo cat café business model as a lens to explore the social consequences of the Japanese economic recession. Her dissertation described how this business arose, first in Japan and globally today, as a market response to the demand for a source of healing to address feelings of anxiety, disaffection, and social isolation.

Before coming to ICH, Amanda worked as an evaluator in Minnesota, doing culturally-tailored program evaluation with Hmong and Native American communities in the Midwest. At ICH, she is working on projects devoted to developing innovative approaches to serve underserved communities, support community leadership in engagement with healthcare, and address health needs and social needs in concert.

Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies from Cornell University.