Linda Collins
Linda M. Collins, PhD
CDUHR - Co-Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor
NYU School of Global Public Health - Director, Intervention Optimization Initiative
PhD, Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California
BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut
Research Interests
HIV, Multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), Experimental design, Research methods, Substance use, Prevention, Intervention science, Cancer prevention and control
Linda Collins’s interests are focused on development, dissemination, and application of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), an engineering-inspired methodological framework for optimizing and evaluating behavioral, biobehavioral, and social-structural interventions. The objective of MOST is to improve intervention effectiveness, affordability, scalability, and efficiency, balancing these strategically to achieve intervention EASE.  Dr. Collins has collaborated on research applying MOST in a range of areas, including HIV, smoking cessation, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and weight loss. She is also collaborating on development of methods for optimizing interventions for cost-effectiveness, and on improvement of methods for optimization of adaptive interventions.  Her research has been funded by NIDA, NIAAA, NCI, NIDDK, and NSF. Dr. Collins’s publications have appeared in journals in the behavioral science, methodology, medicine, and engineering fields.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Prevention Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and has been President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Society for Prevention Research.  Among the honors she has received are a Fulbright Specialist grant, the President’s Award from the Society for Prevention Research, and the 2020 Valkhov Chair from Radboud University Medical Centre in The Netherlands.
Principal Investigator, Optimized Chronic Care for Smokers: Developing and Implementing Integrated Clinical and Systems Intervention in Primary Care – Optimization Core. Active
Principal Investigator, Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Completed


Gwadz M, Cluesman SR, Freeman R, Collins LM, Dorsen C, Hawkins RL, Cleland CM, Wilton L, Ritchie AS, Torbjornsen K, Leonard NR, Martinez BY, Silverman E, Israel K, Kutnick A (2022).
Advancing behavioral interventions for African American/Black and Latino persons living with HIV using a new conceptual model that integrates critical race theory, harm reduction, and self-determination theory: A qualitative exploratory study
International Journal of Equity in Health, 21 (1), 97. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01699-0. PMCID: PMC9286957.

Sakata M, Toyomoto R, ..., Collins LM, ..., Furukawa TA (2022).
Components of smartphone cognitive-behavioural therapy for subthreshold depression among 1093 university students: A factorial trial
Evidence Based Mental Health [Epub 2022 May 16]. doi: 10.1136/ebmental-2022-300455.

Wyrick DL, Tanner AE, Milroy JJ, Guastaferro K, Bhandari S, Kugler KC, Thorpe S, Ware S, Miller AM, Collins LM (2022).
itMatters: Optimization of an online intervention to prevent sexually transmitted infections in college students
Journal of American College Health, 70 (4), 1212-1222. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1790571. PMCID: PMC7909750.

Guastaferro K, Tanner AE, Rulison KL, Miller AM, Milroy JJ, Wyrick DL, Collins LM (2022).
Recruiting and retaining first-year college students in online health research: Implementation considerations
Journal of American College Health [Epub 2022 Mar 24]. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2053132. PMCID: PMC9508289.

Phillips SM, Penedo FJ, Collins LM, Solk P, Siddique J, Song J, Cella D, Courneya KS, Ackermann RT, Welch WA, Auster-Gussman LA, Whitaker M, Cullather E, Izenman E, Spring B (2022).
Optimization of a technology-supported physical activity promotion intervention for breast cancer survivors: Results from Fit2Thrive
Cancer, 128 (5), 1122-1132. doi: 10.1002/cncr.34012. PMCID: PMC8837679.


Collins LM (2018).
Optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions: The multiphase optimization strategy (MOST).
New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-72205-4.

Collins LM, Kugler KC (Eds.) (2018).
Optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions: Advanced topics.
New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-91775-7.

Collins LM, Kugler KC, Gwadz MV (2016).
Optimization of multicomponent behavioral and biobehavioral interventions for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
AIDS and Behavior, 20 (Suppl 1), 197-214. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1145-4. PMCID: PMC4715714.

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