Linda Collins to Give Schmitt Russell Research Lecture
October 31, 2018
Methodology Center Director Linda M. Collins will present the talk, "Bringing Health and Education Interventions into the 21st Century," for the 2018 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. The talk is open to the public and will be given at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture is part of the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Career Award from Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, which Linda was awarded in 2017.
Linda's research focuses on experimental and non-experimental design, particularly for building, optimizing, and evaluating health and education interventions. In this talk, Linda will explore how the methods that scientists use for intervention design can be improved by implementing concepts borrowed from the engineering design process.
Linda and her collaborators have been developing these ideas in the mutliphase optimization strategy (MOST) for optimizing interventions over the last 15 years. In 2018, Linda authored one book and edited another about MOST in order to make these ideas more broadly available, clear, and applicable.