Kathryn Collins

Kathryn S. Collins, Associate Professor

Kathryn S. Collins headshotKathryn S. Collins is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network SAMHSA funded Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center and Principal Investigator of Trauma Education Connections Initiative.

The focus of her academic career centers on social justice, disparities in access to trauma based mental health services, and developing trauma focused social work interventions for vulnerable and oppressed populations such as minority children, women, and families surviving poverty and chronic violence in the inner city. Currently, she is the co-developer of Trauma Adapted Family Connections, a trauma informed neglect prevention intervention. Her commitment to the field is long standing with over 18 years of community based clinical social work practice with children and families. She has numerous publications and has been the PI or Co-PI on state and nationally funded research. She has earned an extramural research award in the NIH, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities for her research focusing on children from minority communities and their exposure to community violence. Further, she brings her research scholarship, practice and life experience to the classroom where she has received several teaching awards across three university settings.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.0814
E-mail: kcollins@ssw.umaryland.edu
Room: 3E29G
Collins CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


BSW, Mars Hill College
MSW, Tulane University
PhD, University of South Carolina

Expertise and Research Interests

Violence Exposure and Trauma Symptomatology
Mental Health and Disability Policies
Cognitive/Narrative Evidence Based Interventions in Social Work Education, Research and Practice
Feminist Pedagogy

Selected Publications

Collins, K.S., Koeske, G.F., Bruce-Russell, E., & Michalopoulos, L. (In Press). Children's attributions of community violence exposure and trauma symptomatology. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Jacobson, J. M., Collins, K.S., & Pastoor, J. B., & Linde, L. (In Press). Social Workers’ observations of the needs of the total military community. Journal of Social Work Education.

Kovacs, P.; Hutchinson, E.; Collins, K.S.; Linde, L.  (In Press). Norming or transforming: Feminist pedagogy and social work competencies. Affilia Journal of Women in Social Work.

Bentley, K. J. & Collins, K.S. (2013). Psychopharmacological Treatment for Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders. In School Social Work and Mental Health Worker’s Training and Resource Manual. 2nd Edition Editors: Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, & Paula Allen-Meares. Oxford University Press.

Barth, R. P., Lee, B. R., Lindsey, M. A., Collins, K. S., Strieder, F., Chorpita, B. F.; Sparks, J. A. (2012). Evidence-based practice at a crossroads: The timely emergence of common elements and common factors. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(1), 108-119.

Collins, K.S., Strieder, F.H., DePanfilis, D., Tabor, M., Clarkson Freeman, P.A., Linde, L., & Greenberg, P. (2011). Trauma Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC): Reducing developmental and complex trauma symptomatology to prevent Child abuse and neglect. Child Welfare, 90(6), 29-47.

Collins, K.S., Connors, K., Davis, S., Donohue, A., Gardner, S., Goldblatt, E., Hayward, A., Kiser, L., Strieder, F. Thompson, E. (2010). Understanding the impact of trauma and urban poverty on family systems: Risks, resilience, and interventions. Baltimore, MD: Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center. http://fittcenter.umaryland.edu/WhitePaper.aspx

Collins, K.S. & Lazzari, M.M (2010). The Honorable Senator Barbara Mikulski, from neighborhood to United States Senate: Change agent, activist and advocate. In A. Lieberman (Ed.). Women in social work who are changing the world. Chicago, IL: Lyceum.

Collins, K.S. & Lazzari, M.M. (2009). Co-Leadership. In A. Gitterman & R. Salmon (Eds.). Encyclopedia of social work with groups (pp. 299-302). New York: Routledge.

Lazzari, M.M., Colarossi, L., & Collins, K.S. (2009). Feminists in social work: Where have all the leaders gone?  Affilia Journal of Women in Social Work, 24, 348-359.

Alvarez, A., Collins, K.S., Graber, H.; & Lazzari, M. (2008). Where are the Women? A Historical Analysis of the Women’s Commission. Journal of Social Work Education, 44(1), 63-84.

Kiser, L.J., Nurse, W., Lucksted, A., & Collins, K.S. (2008). Understanding the impact of traumas on family life from the viewpoint of female caregivers living in urban poverty. Traumatology

Collins, K.S., Furman, R., Hackman, R. and Bruce, E.A. (2007). Tending the Soul: A teaching module for increasing student sensitivity to the spiritual needs of older adults. Gerontological Education, 33(9), 707-722.

Carlins, E. and Collins, K.S. (2007). Cribs for Kids: Risk and reduction of sudden infant death syndrome and accidental suffocation. Journal of Health and Social Work, 32(3), 225-229.

Collins, K., Furman, R., & Langer, C. L. (2006). Poetry therapy and cognitive therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 33, 180-187.

Bauman, B.L., Kolko, D.J., Collins, K.S., and Herschell, A.D. (2006). Moving from Science to Practice: Who will conduct the interventions? Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, 30(7).

Collins, K.S., & Furman, R., & Russell, E. A. (2005). The use of children’s literature in social work education. Arête, 29(2), 23-32.

Furman, R., & Collins, K.S. (2005). Guidelines for responding to clients spontaneously presenting poetry in clinical practice. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 68(4), 313-317.

Collins, K.S., Moroka Modie, T., Furman, R. and Bruce, E.A. (2005). The impact of spirituality and pastoral care on older adults. The Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care, 3(3/4), 223-242.

Furman, R. & Collins, K.S. (2005). Culturally sensitive practices and crisis management: Social constructionism as an integrative model. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiation, 5(2), 47-57.

Collins, K.S. and Bruce, E.A. (2005). Using the bio-psycho-social paradigm in social work with Children who have Tourette Syndrome. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 22(5/6), 477-495.

Collins, K.S. (2003). Hearing the Silence: Children’s voices on violence. Advances in Social Work, 4(1), 20-33.

Collins, K.S. & Valentine, D.P. (2003) Discovering women with disabilities: Responsive and relevant practice. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 2(4), 29-44.

Furman, R., Collins, K.S, & Swanson, J. (2003). Social work practice innovations: Helping clients understand, explore, and develop their friendships. Advances in Social Work, 4(2), 116-129.

Collins, K.S. (2001). Children’s perceptions of safety and exposure to violence. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 10(1/2).