Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Collins completed her doctoral studies @ Emory University here in Atlanta and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Currently, she provides psychotherapy services to patients through The Emory Clinic and serves as a Co-Investigator for research protocols examining the role of Peer Health Navigation and retention in HIV positive infected, substance abusing populations. She serves as the Attending Supervisor for Psychology Interns, Psychiatry Residents, and for Fellows from both disciplines. She previously served as Clinical Director of the Grady Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, Coordinator of Adolescent Outreach, and Coordinator of Diagnostic Intakes and Psychological Assessments. Dr. Collins has an additional Adjunct Appointment in the Emory University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
Dr. Collins has a wealth of experience working as a Psychologist on multidisciplinary teams in various health settings including Sickle Cell Disease and adolescent reproductive health. These experiences have highlighted the importance of integrating behavioral health in primary care settings and she is quite enthusiastic about working within the Patient Centered Primary Care Clinic. Dr. Collins has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and books on topics highlighting the importance of quality mental health interventions for minorities and has been awarded research grants to develop such interventions. Her areas of expertise include pediatric sickle cell disease, adolescent substance abuse, adolescent reproductive health, childhood depression, and mentoring. In recognition of her excellence professionally as well as in providing Service to the Emory community, Dr. Collins was honored to receive the Cultural and Economic Diversity Award from the American Family Therapy Association, The Emory University Transforming Community Project (TCP) Champions Award, the Emory University We Are Emory Diversity Award, and is a 2011 recipient of the Emory Department of Psychiatry’s Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Collins’ passions include mentoring minority graduate and professional students within Psychology. Her involvement within the Faith Community in Atlanta is an integral part of her life. She is married and the mother of 2 young adults and enjoys singing and exercise.