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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
Education
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
BIO
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.
Projects
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. Active
Publications

Recent

Cleland CM, Gwadz M, Collins LM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Dorsen C, Leonard NR, Cluesman SR, Martinez BY, Ritchie AS, Ayvazyan M (2021).
African American/Black and Latino adults with detectable HIV viral load evidence substantial risk for polysubstance substance use and co-occurring problems: A latent class analysis
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (8), 2501-2516. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03212-0. PMCID: PMC7937776.

Gwadz M, Campos S, Freeman R, Cleland CM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Ritchie AS, Hawkins RL, Allen JY, Martinez BY, Dorsen C, Collins LM, Hroncich T, Cluesman SR, Leonard NR (2021).
Black and Latino persons living with HIV evidence risk and resilience in the context of COVID-19: A mixed-methods study of the early phase of the pandemic
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (5), 1340-1360. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03177-0. PMCID: PMC7873114.

Cook JW, Baker TB, Fiore MC, Collins LM, Piper ME, Schlam TR, Bolt DM, Smith SS, Zwaga D, Jorenby DE, Mermelstein R (2021).
Evaluating four motivation-phase intervention components for use with primary care patients unwilling to quit smoking: A randomized factorial experiment
Addiction [Epub 2021 Apr 28]. doi: 10.1111/add.15528.

Tanner AE, Guastaferro KM, Rulison KL, Wyrick DL, Milroy JJ, Bhandari S, Thorpe S, Ware S, Miller AM, Collins LM (2021).
A hybrid evaluation-optimization trial to evaluate an intervention targeting the intersection of alcohol and sex in college students and simultaneously test an additional component aimed at preventing sexual violence
Annals of Behavioral Medicine [Epub 2021 Mar 11]. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaab003.

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Freeman R, Wilton L, Collins LM, Hawkins R, Ritchie AS, Leonard NR, Jonas DF, Korman A, Cluesman S, He N, Sherpa D (2021).
Stopping, starting, and sustaining HIV antiretroviral therapy: A mixed-methods exploration among African American/Black and Latino long-term survivors of HIV in an urban context
BMC Public Health, 21 (1), 419. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10464-x. PMCID: PMC7912958.


Notable

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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