Robin Brett Parnes has a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Boston University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

Robin currently is a health writer/editor at HealthGate Data Corp. in Burlington, Massachusetts. Previously, she has worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and a small not-for-profit organization in the Boston area that focuses on international health issues.