Linda M. Collins named distinguished professor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State has named Linda M. Collins, professor of human development and family studies and of statistics, and director of The Methodology Center, a distinguished professor for her record of research, teaching and service.

Collins' research focuses on development of innovative research approaches to optimize behavioral interventions. She has been an important contributor to the field of prevention science through her work on preventing tobacco and other substance use. She is now extending her work into other public health areas such as obesity and HIV/AIDS. Collins has also developed methods for analysis of longitudinal data, particularly latent transition analysis.

Under Collins' leadership, The Methodology Center has grown in size and stature. One of the center’s many collaborations is with the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Together they lead the Prevention and Methodology Training Program, a pre- and post-doctoral training program preparing the next generation of prevention scientists. Through an informal special interest group, Collins also mentors faculty members who are interested in designing studies to optimize behavioral interventions.

Since 1996, Collins has been the director of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center of Excellence, the Center for Prevention and Treatment Methodology. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, and she was a core member of the Tobacco Etiology Research Network, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Her awards include the Cattell Award for Distinguished Multivariate Behavioral Research, the President’s Award from the Society for Prevention Research, Penn State’s Faculty Scholar Medal and Penn State’s Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award. She is a past president of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Society for Prevention Research.

Collins earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1977 and doctorate degree in quantitative psychology at the University of Southern California in 1983.

Last Updated January 31, 2014