Phoenix House Florida’s Brandon Outpatient Center is proud to welcome the newest member of our treatment team: Derek Robben, M.D., who assumed the position of psychiatrist at Brandon on November 14, 2013. Although Dr. Robben may be new to the Phoenix House team, he has been actively working in the substance abuse field for a number of years.
Dr. Robben’s recent experience included working with troubled veterans through the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital’s drug and alcohol program, but he felt strongly drawn to Phoenix House, having been an admirer of Phoenix House Florida’s work since first hearing of our programming for teens. A news story about Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and its invaluable support of the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House confirmed his interest in our programs.
“I want to be a part of early intervention efforts and hopefully get kids on the right path,” he says. He feels his treatment methods are unique because of his emphasis on “being real” with the clients he counsels. “It is important to build rapport and include them in the treatment process,” he says, reflecting a fundamental tenet of Phoenix House’s treatment philosophy.
As a member of the United States Air Force, Dr. Robben traveled throughout the country and visited many other parts of the world, but he fell in love with Tampa on his first visit to the city. He attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, receiving both his Bachelor of Science and his medical degree from the university. He then went on to teach medical students, residents, and nurses in the USF psychiatry program. Though he has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, none has given him more pleasure than being named an “Outstanding Resident Teacher” at the University.
The addition of Dr. Robben’s skills and services will be of enormous benefit to Phoenix House Florida, whose programs include outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults at the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House, located in Tampa; similar services for teens and adults at the Brandon Outpatient Center; and gender-specific inpatient treatment for adult men and women at the Phoenix House Residential Program in Citra.
Phoenix House Florida looks forward to a long and beneficial collaboration with Dr. Derek Robben.