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Linda Collins
Linda M. Collins
Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies and Statistics
Director, Methodology Center
Summary Statement

Dr. Collins is a methodologist and intervention scientist.  She is the primary developer of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) for optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions.  She has worked in both prevention and treatment.

Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
  • Graduate Program
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Education
  • B.A., 1977, Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., 1983, Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Phone
Fax
814-863-0000
Additional Websites
Interests
  • optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, biomedical, and educational interventions
  • applications of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST)
  • experimental design for applications in behavioral science
  • modeling longitudinal data
Professional Experience

2014-present Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies
  The Pennsylvania State University

2000-present Professor, Department of Statistics
  The Pennsylvania State University

1994-present Director, The Methodology Center, College of Health and Human Development
  The Pennsylvania State University

1994-2013 Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies
  The Pennsylvania State University

1987-1993 Assistant/Associate Professor, J.P. Guilford Laboratory of Quantitative Psychology
  Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

1983-1987 Senior Research Associate/Assistant Research Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
  University of Southern California

 

Grants and Research Projects

2016-2021 Co-Principal Investigator (in an MPI arrangement): Using Most to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations (co-PI: Dr. Marya Gwadz, New York University)
 R01, National Institute on Drug Abuse

2016-2021 Principal Investigator: Prevention and Methodology Training
T32, National Institute on Drug Abuse

2015-2020 Principal Investigator: Center for Complex Data to Knowledge in Drug Abuse and HIV Behavioral Science
P50, National Institute on Drug Abuse

2015-2020 Principal Investigator: Engineering an Online STI Prevention Program
R01, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

2014-2019 Principal Investigator of Core: Optimized Chronic Care for Smokers: A Comparative Effectiveness Approach (Center Director: Dr. Michael Fiore, University of Wisconsin)
P01, National Cancer Institute