Robin Kay, Ph.D.
Acting Director of Mental Health
County of Los Angeles - Department of Mental Health
Robin C. Kay, Ph.D., is the Acting Director of Mental Health for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Dr. Kay is a psychologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham University in New York.
Dr. Kay’s career has been dedicated to community mental health where she has had experience at all levels of service delivery and administration. Beginning as a clinician working for a private nonprofit community mental health center, Dr. Kay has directed prevention and education programs and has been a clinical supervisor and program manager. She was honored to serve as the District Chief for Service Area 5, collaborating with diverse stakeholders to enhance the system of care for children, Transition Age Youth, adults, and older adults in West Los Angeles. Committed to addressing the needs of homeless adults, Dr. Kay served as the Chair of the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition.
Prior to her appointment as Acting Director of Mental Health, Dr. Kay, is the Chief Deputy Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Earlier, she was the Deputy Director for Countywide Older Adult Programs; she is proud of the work done by her team in developing Full Service Partnerships and Field Capable Clinical Services for older adults – in addition to the excellent older adult mental health training programs they designed and implemented. Dr. Kay regularly lectures on community mental health, including presentations on crisis-oriented therapy and the funding of public mental health programs.
When she’s not at work, Dr. Kay loves to spend time with her family, hike, travel, and bake cookies. (She will gladly share recipes with anyone who asks!)