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Bradley N. Collins

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Director, Health Behavior Research Clinic
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office

Ritter Annex, 9th floor
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Biography

Dr. Bradley Collins is a professor and the Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University’s College of Public Health. He is also founding Director of the Health Behavior Research Clinic, which has maintained a dynamic extramurally-funded research program and provided clinical services for underserved tobacco smokers in Philadelphia for 15 years.  Dr. Collins’ training is in clinical health psychology, and he has dedicated his career to improving health in underserved and vulnerable populations. Applying the broader lens of public health, he has maintained applied community-based and laboratory-based research programs covering a range of health promotion intervention studies (substance use, co-occurring tobacco and mood/anxiety disorders, cancer prevention, and maternal and child health) – all focused. Recent focal areas have included randomized controlled trials testing multilevel intervention strategies to reduce child tobacco exposure and promote cessation, and testing contingent monetary reinforcement to promote breastfeeding among WIC participants. 

Dr. Collins has received over $16 million in federally funded research grants and nearly $400,000 in service delivery grants on which he has been principal investigator or mentor. He has published over 85 journal articles and chapters, and has given nearly 200 presentations throughout the U.S. and internationally in India, Cyprus, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Dr. Collins also serves as an Associate Editor for the scientific journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine. Recognition of his research and service contributions in public health include the Philadelphia College of Physicians Public Health Award, Certificate of Commendation from the governor of Pennsylvania, three mentored student research awards and his election as a Fellow in the national Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Collins also received the Graduate Service Award for his accomplishments organizing and implementing new graduate programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Collins has mentored over 45 postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate student research projects and supervised over 50 research assistants while at Temple University. He has enjoyed designing and teaching core courses in the MPH and PhD programs, and electives in the undergraduate BSPH program. Through his teaching and mentorship, and as the Department’s Graduate Program Director, Dr. Collins encourages students to explore transdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and addressing current public health priorities in their content areas of interest.  

Education

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology minor), Binghamton University (SUNY)
  • MA, Experimental Psychology (Health Psychology minor), University of Hartford
  • BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University