Linda M. Collins, Ph.D.

Director, The Methodology Center
Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Professor, Department of Statistics

The Methodology Center
The Pennsylvania State University
435 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
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Research Interests & Collaborators

My primary research interest is optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). MOST enables researchers to develop interventions that are not only effective, but also efficient, economical, and scalable. 

I collaborate with a number of scientists on applications or planned applications of MOST, including Tim Baker, Megan Piper, Mike Fiore (University of Wisconsin), and Robin Mermelstein (University of Illinois, Chicago) in smoking cessation; David Wyrick, Amanda Tanner, and Jeff Milroy (University of North Carolina, Greensboro) on reduction of excessive alcohol use and risky sex in college students; Bonnie Spring (Northwestern University) on weight reduction; Marya Gwadz (New York University) on HIV-treatment engagement; and Kate Guastaferro and Jennie Noll (Penn State) on prevention of child maltreatment. I also collaborate with Susan A. Murphy (Harvard), Daniel Almirall, Inbal “Billie” Nahum-Shani (University of Michigan), and John Dziak and Runze Li (Penn State) on methodological aspects of MOST.


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1983 (Quantitative Psychology)
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1977 (Psychology)

Last updated: May 13, 2020